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Color Your World Serene and Rosy in 2016


Serenity, a soft blue, is tranquil and refreshing, as shown here in the Lia 3-Drawer Chest in the Melange Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture

For the first time ever, Pantone’s color of the year is twins!

 Serenity, a soft chambray blue, is tranquil and calming.

Rose Quartz, the pale blush-pink of its namesake stone, is seductive and soothing.


This isn’t my room, but I’ve been using soft Pink Moire all around my house for years. It’s versatile, flattering and low key but just different enough from the usual beige. Photo: Benjamin Moore.

“Joined together, Serenity and Rose Quartz 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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.


In your home, Serenity and Rose Quartz create a mood of relaxation and comfort. As a bonus, they also make smaller rooms feel more spacious and light.

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Weathered wood and stone look right at home with other soft tints like Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz pink. Photo by Ditte Isager for House Beautiful.

How to punch up these pastels for grown-up spaces? Use them with your existing neutrals and jewel tones.

Subtly flattering, pale pink adds a seductive warmth to cool taupe and gray and is luxe with red-browns from maroon to mahogany. It’s also great with greens, from olive to hunter.

Soft, easy-living blue is cool with camel, taupe and golden browns, as well as with oranges from peach to russet.


The Chatelet three-drawer chest in a weathered antique finish brings a soft romantic tone to any space and mixes well with golden browns and taupes. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

And if you want to use Rose Quartz and Serenity together, both blue and pink play well with every purple hue, from periwinkle to deep eggplant. Add some edge with your favorite green and ground the look with brown, and you’ll see how sophisticated soft pastels can be.

Kudrow Settee

Pink on pink is a frankly pretty choice. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture

Pink on pink is a frankly pretty choice, and the dark wood legs on this Kudrow Settee give just enough punch to the look.

Kelsea Wing Chair

A ramped-up paisley in pinks, blues and other cheerful pastels give the Kelsea Wing Chair a youthful flair that updates any room in the house. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Penny Swivel Chair

Pale blue is such a soothing hue, you just naturally relax. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Get ready to relax when you combine soothing Serenity with a comfortable, versatile swivel chair like the Penny Chair from Sam Moore.

pink blue crewel floral pillow overstock

Recalling 18th Century French designs, this pillow shows how pink and blue work with olive, taupe-brown and oyster white. Classic! Photo: Overstock.com

Smoky blue and pale pink, as in these artful vintage brooches, are easy to wear and live with.


Imagine soft blue silk toss pillows and a blush mohair throw on a luxe camel or taupe sofa. So inviting! Brooches from Limitless Jewels and Fayebella on Etsy.

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Rose Quartz may be the most wearable, flattering and no-drama tint around. Photo: Chico’s.

garcia geo pillow gray and blush surya at overstock

One way to keep pale pink looking chic is to pair it with a sophisticated neutral like taupe or gray, in a geometric design. Surya pillow at Overstock.com.

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Rose Quartz is forever flattering to every complexion and works with lots of other hues, including olive and marsala and neutrals. Photo: whitehouseblackmarket.com

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