The 2016 Color of the Year Evokes the Feeling of Calm & Relaxation

January 7, 2016
by The Finished Space

For the first time since Pantone began releasing their Color of the Year in 2000, two hues have been selected. The shades for 2016 create a serene home environment.

The first color, Rose Quartz, is a pale mineral pink and the second is Serenity, a cool tranquil blue. Each shade can stand alone. Here are a couple of our favorites from Architectural Digest:

Gorgeous interiors using the 2016 Color of the Year paired with stunning interior finishings via Architectural Digest.
This Veere Grenney-designed study boasts an array of Rose Quartz shades. From the glamorous drapes, to the Manuel Canovas silk stool, to the intricate leaf pattern in the crown moulding, everything in this room contributes to a feeling of opulence and romance.

Gorgeous interiors using the 2016 Color of the Year paired with stunning interior finishings via Architectural Digest.

Conversely, in this Manhattan bedroom, created by Bruce Bierman, the coolness of Serenity shines through, giving this space a sense of calmness and relaxation. The monochromatic blue palette stretches onto the interior finishings where the crown moulding and baseboard are both painted a light powder blue. This helps to enhance the room’s soothing feel.

Rose Quartz and Serenity can also blend seamlessly into one another, making it difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. When the two colors merge in interior design, they also create a gentle, calming effect.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, 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 a press release.

Traditionally, these two shades have been used separately in design. However, breaking convention, these colors can be paired together—and Pantone, the global color authority, is encouraging that they are.

Pantone also suggests these hues can be used in any finish and paired with mid-tones such as greens and purples, rich browns, and any shade of yellow and pink.

So why these two hues? They are said to be a snapshot of what is happening in society today, blurring and transcending cultural and gender norms, especially in terms of their usage in fashion.

Click here to see more stunning interiors from Architectural Digest that feature Rose Quartz and Serenity and to read more about these two colors from Pantone, click here.

Source: Architectural Digest