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How to Use the Pantone Color of the Year in Your Home

Rose Quartz and Serenity are the Pantone 2016 colors of the year. Find out how to use them in your kitchen, bathroom, and more.

Marsala is so last year. In 2016, it’s all about Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here’s how to work these peaceful hues into your bathroom, kitchen and other rooms.

Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement always excites trend mavens in the worlds of fashion, home design and décor. But this year’s revelation has sent us into a bit of a frenzy. For the first time ever, the Pantone Color Institute chose two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. (By any other name, pink and blue.) The combination is supposed to evoke a sense of tranquility and peace to help soothe our weary minds.

Here are some ways to use these trending colors in your home.


Spa-like bathrooms are still popular. Create an oasis of calm with Serenity-colored walls. Accessorize with white — towels, blinds, shower curtain — add a basket of sea glass, and you’ll almost believe you’re in a beach house on Martha’s Vineyard.


Consider a backsplash that plays up either Serenity or Rose Quartz. Wondering about the right complementary colors for this duo? Pantone suggests cool complimentary colors like silver gray, arctic blue-green, navy blue, orchid or creamy gold. You can pick these up in your cookware — think gold flatware — dish towels and cooking accessories. Other accents include metal with black, bronze or silver finishes — great for cabinet hardware and drawer pulls.

Living Room

Paint one wall Rose Quartz and accent it with black — lamps, a black-and-white photo in a jet black frame, a wrought-iron candleholder on an end table — for a sophisticated look.


Why not blend them together as intended? The color combination evokes a vision of a gorgeous sunset over the ocean, and has a calming influence. Paint a wall in the bedroom Rose Quartz and an adjacent wall Serenity, and you’ll be falling asleep in no time. And there are always duvet covers, pillowcases, throw pillows, lamps and area rugs to infuse the room with those two colors, especially if you’ve got neutral or white walls.

For the Commitment-Phobe

If you don’t want to make the commitment of painting (there will be a new trendy color next year, after all), accent pieces can deliver a trendy look and are easy to swap out. Rugs in light pink and blue add a sense of tranquility to your wood floors. Toss some pillows on the couch to brighten it (hint: You can get pillow covers that you can replace with next year’s color). Even something as simple and inexpensive as getting pink and blue hand towels for the bathroom and setting a Serenity vase filled with Rose Quartz marbles on the vanity in the bathroom will trend you up.

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