Like the sky’s swirling gradient at dusk and again at dawn, Pantone color of the year 2016 exists in the in-between — pretty literally, as the choice is somewhere between the meeting of two hues: warm Rose Quartz and cool Serenity.
Pantone chose, for the first time ever, two colors for two reasons. For one, the soft-shaded duo evokes both inherent wellness (think pink cheeks) and peace (think tranquil water), two key components of living mindfully amid the world’s stresses. And for another, as traditional associations of color — in this case, pink for girls and blue for boys — shift, those hard-line ideas have softened. All colors, in today’s world, are for all genders.
Lighten up your interior with one — or, in the spirit of the year — both of these shades. A single stand-out piece like this Ceets Gregson Lounge Sofa serves as an airy anchor for surrounding wood-centric decor, while a pale wool pouf like this one from Jaipur slips in easily amid neutral tones (plus, its relaxed shape and nubby texture set a casual, natural mood).
Or, ground a room in the lightest, cloud-like versions of Serenity and Rose Quartz with an expansive rug…
…and balance them with ethereal, elementally inspired wall accents that speak to fresh air, a connection to our environment, and a pure sense of self.
This year, the trend is all about being who you are, where you are. Be sure to shop our Pantone Colors of the Year Styleboard for more on-point picks!