Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz AND Serenity (and Five Fun Ways to Include them in Home Design)


Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2016 Color Swatches: Rose Quartz and Serenity from


The 2016 color of the year as determined by Pantone isn’t just one color: its two! The colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity. This is the first time in the 50 plus years of Pantone history that two colors have been picked as color of the year. In case you don’t know who/what Pantone is, Pantone is a company that creates the color standard (or trendy color) for the year across different industries including interior design, fashion, home appliances, etc.
Upon looking at the colors, they evoke a feeling of tranquility and calmness. This feeling that I got from the colors seems to coincide with the feeling that Pantone was looking to create. The Pantone website had this to say about the new colors:

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Keeping reading so that you can see the five fun ways that you can include the new Pantone colors for 2016.

1.Rose Quartz Lamp


Photo Credit: Rose Quartz Lamp from the Etsy store GrayVervain

What better way to include the rose quartz Pantone color than by using real rose quartz stone? This is a lamp that I came across on Etsy. I’m in love with it! Even though pink isn’t my favorite color, I have always been a fan of natural stones and crystals. This lamp is very beautiful and earthy and its made from actual rose quartz. It will shine whether you turn the light on or off. You can add this rose quartz lamp either on your nightstand or as a desk lamp.

2. Art

Haus of Nik Pantone Artwork

I created this 4″ x 6″ printable with the Pantone 2016 colors in order to show you how to incorporate it into your room. What I really love about this piece that I made is that its not too masculine or feminine. I could see both sexes putting this artwork into their rooms. If you don’t want these colors all over your room in textiles or furnishings, than you can just download the Haus of Nik Pantone Artwork PDF  (for free btw),  print it, and frame it. (The pdf won’t have the writing on it.) It can be a standalone print in a frame on a table or be a nice addition to your gallery wall.

3. Colored Mason Jars


Photo credit: Blue Vintage mason jars from the UrbanBelleNewYork Etsy store


Photo Credit: Pink Mason Jar from the Etsy store CityBonesDogTreats

I really like the almost iridescent effect from the glass from the colored mason jars. You can either buy premade ones from Etsy that I have listed or you can d.i.y. it. The link for the pink jar  is here. Masons jars are also very versatile for home décor. You can either use it as a soap dispenser, candle holder, or as a vase for your real (or fake!) flowers. The colored mason jars are a more modern take on a southern décor item. Grouping both the pink and blue jars would work well because they are both are tinted versions of the original primary colors, red and blue.
The colors of the jars are very subtle which allows to them work with many different color schemes no matter how bold or neutral the current design of the space is.

4. Wall Tapestry


Photo Credit: Cute baby elephant in pink, blue and purple by Micklyn of the website Society 6

I found this wall tapestry on the website, Society 6. The colors in this are very close to the rose quartz and serenity colors with a splash of purple mixed in. Look at how the elephant is. This tapestry can be used for different areas of your home from the living room as fabric art to your bedroom as a nontraditional headboard.

5. Monochromatic Room


Photo Credit: Deluxe hotel room accommodation at My Chelsea

I came across this deluxe hotel room from the hotel My Chelsea and it immediately made me think of the rose quartz color. Pink is used as the dominant color in the room from the wall choice to the pink velvet bedding and even the side chair. The modern designs of the nightstand and lamps on the side of the bed allows for the pink in the room to stand out and give a more modern design aesthetic to a room that could be considered dated. Even though the lamps are more of the yellowish side, you could paint those with the serenity-blue color or add blue with pillows on the bed.

I hope that you enjoyed my suggestions! If you implement any of my design ideas into your room, post the picture on my FB page, Haus of Nik.

What do you think of the new Pantone colors? Love it or hate it let me know!

P.S. If you want to see another trend in Interior Design, check out my article Four Ways to Incorporate Geometric Patterns into your Home.



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