How to Use 2016’s Colors of the Year for Your Interiors

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Table setting featuring Pantone's colors of the year for 2016
Table setting featuring Pantone's colors of the year for 2016 (dgrinteriordesigns)

Pantone, the color experts, have named the color…..no, wait….have named the colors for 2016.  That’s right.  For the first time ever, Pantone has named two colors for the year.  The colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity and they are indeed serene.  This pairing is reminiscent of a Caribbean sunset.  It pairs well with today’s trending rose gold metals.  According to Pantone, it is a symbolic color selection that reflects today’s mood and attitude.  Here are a few suggestions on how to use 2016’s colors of the year for your interiors.

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” (Pantone)

Pantone's colors of the year for 2016
Pantone’s colors of the year for 2016 (Pantone)

A lighter shade of Serenity gives this room an elegant softness that conveys a serene and luxurious vibe.  Coupled with mirrored furnishings and creamy white upholstery, this room is welcoming and calming.  Add small accents of rose quartz for a nod toward 2016’s color trend.  Top that off with crystal and metallic pieces for heightened drama and luxury.

Luscious and serene living room in Serenity Blue with accents of Rose Quartz
Luscious and serene living room in Serenity Blue with accents of Rose Quartz (lampsplus)

The same luxurious and calming vibe is achieved with rose quartz walls paired with similar accents and furnishings.

Romance comes to life in this pink room
Romance comes to life in this pink room (lampsplus)

A settee upholstered in rose quartz and draped in a throw of serenity gives this room a romantic and notable Parisian ambiance.  Mixing in a rose floral wallpaper with pastel green background further enhances the space and offers a soft contrast.

Pink and blue similar to 2016's colors of the year
Pink and blue similar to 2016’s colors of the year (Pinterest)

Paired with gray and soft aqua, rose quartz accents bring a slightly feminine touch to the bedroom.

The undeniable soft and serene rose quartz along with aqua
The undeniable soft and serene rose quartz along with aqua (houseofturquoise)

Rose quartz window panels frame this soft blue room and enhance the natural light.  Mixed with soft grays and blues, this palette is sophisticated and modern.

Hints of rose quartz and serenity blue soften this living room
Hints of rose quartz and serenity blue soften this living room (realtytimes)

Rose quartz can be used with other pastel colors to accent a room or as the central color palette.  Vary the shades for added interest and dimension.

Serenity blue bedroom accented with rose quartz
Serenity blue bedroom accented with rose quartz (Pinterest)
Stunning rose quartz walls and furnishings
Stunning rose quartz walls and furnishings (lindaholtinteriors)
Sofa in rose quartz is accented with blues
Sofa in rose quartz is accented with blues (houseofturquoise)

Using darker shades of rose quartz and serene create a modern and more lively space that is sophisticated.

Beautiful shades of rose quartz and serenity blue enhance this modern living room
Beautiful shades of rose quartz and serenity blue enhance this modern living room (dailydesignnews)

Pairing lavender with serenity and/or rose quartz is an appealing color palette.  It is soft and luxurious.  Use a sheepskin rug for added softness and texture.

Mixing lavender with serenity blue creates a noteworthy pastel palette
Mixing lavender with serenity blue creates a noteworthy pastel palette (shelterness)

A sophisticated shade of pink, rose quartz makes for a lovely bedroom color.  A padded headboard, shimmering accents and plush bedding give this bedroom a warm and inviting aesthetic.

A soft and beguiling bedroom in rose quartz
A soft and beguiling bedroom in rose quartz (housetohome.co.uk)

Incorporate touches of 2016’s colors into your interior with rugs and other accents.  These colors blend well with cream, white and other pastels.

A rug with rose quartz geometric lines is the perfect accent for 2016
A rug with rose quartz geometric lines is the perfect accent for 2016 (stylecaster)

Relax and reflect with Pantone’s colors of the year.  Pair them with this year’s trending rose gold accents and crystal for modern luxury.  This dynamic duo will be showing up in fashion and interiors all over the world.  Embrace the symbolic vibe of these colors and create a home that is calming and elegant.

 

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