Image of Chips of the Pantone Colours of the Year 2016 Rose Quarz a soft pink and Serenity a soft blue

Image courtesy of Pantone®


Pantone LLC, is a world-renowned authority on colour and provider of colour systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of colour across a variety of industries and is known as the standard language for color communication amongst designers,manufacturers,retailers and customers. Each year the company introduces its Colour of The Year, a colour snapshot of what the company sees taking place in our culture “that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude”. This year the company has departed from the norm by naming two colours – Rose Quartz and Serenity.In the words of Leatrice Eiseman the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute® “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.” 

The company is perhaps better known for more dramatic shades so this year’s choice does come as something of a surprise although pastel shades have been popular for a while. The colours are undoubtedly relaxing and can be used as part of a calm, tranquil scheme but also combine with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. If you prefer something bolder combine with brights or metallics to give sparkle – Serenity would go beautifully with on trend copper as shown in this gorgeous pendant lights from Holloways of LudlowCopper globe pendant

This image, courtesy of a Tweet from Martyn White Design, shows how well copper combines with Serenity.













Personally, I would combine with some of the richer tones. I am a big fan of using different colours and fabrics to reflect the seasons and certainly Rose Quartz and Serenity are well suited to seasonal adjustment, I would use them as background introducing other paler shades in Spring and Summer and more robust hues for Autumn and Winter. So here are a just of items that have caught my eye in this colour palette.


Striped wallpaper in shades of pink, mauve, lime and yellowThis Fun Fair Stripe wallpaper in Blossom comes from Designers Guild and incorporates the Rose Quartz palette. If you prefer Serenity the paper also comes in Cloud, a blue colourway. It would suit a playroom, family room or bedroom and has the beauty that it could be combined with paler or bolder paint tones picking up any of the stripe colours. For a change of mood paint and accessories can easily be changed.



What I like about this Austen three seater sofa upholstered in Flanders Duck Egg at Sofa Sofa is that whilst it is a traditional shape it does have a slightly modern feel. A sofa is probably the most expensive furniture purchase we will make so it makes sense to chose a style that will last. These days there is a move away from the “suite” where we have matching sofa and armchairs to a combination and an armchair upholstered in a patterned fabric combined with a plain sofa is very practical.


Modern style sofa upholstered in pale blue


Bedding in white cotton sateen with rose pink trim



For lovers of the Rose Quartz shade I love this Miroir bed set from Yves Delorme. The fabric is dazzling white cotton sateen with edged in bourdon stitch. The bedroom is a place to feel relaxed and calm and both Rose Quartz and Serenity are ideal for this. This set is perfect for creating that boutique hotel feel.



My final choice is this Charlie Colour Block Rug at Laura Ashley. Colour blocking is very popular trend in fashion and interiors at the moment and enables you to combine different shades so is ideal if you are concerned that Rose Quartz and Serenity are too bland.

Colour block rug in shades of blue.


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