Pantone Picks Two Colors Of The Year For The First Time

The language of color can be tricky to speak, especially in the interior design industry. Communicating colors with clients is one of the most difficult aspects of a designer’s job—everyone sees shades and tones differently, especially across a wide variety of materials (paints versus fabrics, etc). That’s why Pantone® is such a valuable resource for all types of designers and printers around the world.


Pantone is a universal standard language for color communication that classifies colors with specific swatch codes. Each December, Pantone chooses a Color of the Year as “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” For the first time ever, Pantone has chosen not one Color of the Year, but two:

  • Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520): A gentle, persuasive pink that conveys composure and compassion.
  • Serenity (Pantone 15-3919): An airy, weightless blue that evokes relaxation in tough times.

The combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity represents the mindfulness and well being that people are seeking among their everyday stresses. These soothing colors are quite toned down from strong, bold Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year. “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting a connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman. The two colors also represent blurred gender lines in fashion, design and culture as a whole, in which color usage is shifting from being so black and white (no pun intended) when it comes to gender roles.

As always, we’re excited to see what trends in interior design the new Color of the Year brings—especially with two colors for 2016. Bring it on, Rose Quartz and Serenity!

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