From fashion to art, advertising, nature and interior design, color is all around us. The importance of color and its influences in our everyday lives is no small topic. Therefore, choosing the Pantone Color of the Year is no small feat either.  

The bold and highly saturated Marsala of 2015 mirrored color trends in fashion while simultaneously expressing societies confident mood. 

Pantone brings us the exact opposite in this year, choosing to blend 2 colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity as 2016 Pantone Color of the Year. 

Rose Quartz and Serenity 

Individually, both colors are unique choices that instill a sense of peace and calm within. The warm rose hue provides a warmth and comfort, while the soothing blue indicates peace and composure. However, it is the marriage of both Rose Quartz and Serenity that visually emulate the definition of tranquility.  

Leatrice Eiseman calls the blending of shades a soothing sense of order and peace in color.  

Behind the 2016 COY (Color Of the Year) 

Pantone references a shift in society as the inspiration for the 2016 color of the year. Many individuals now seek a mindful refuge from the tumultuous events occurring around them.  

2016 Color of the Year symbolizes the escape from these struggles facing much of society, hopefully restoring a sense of calm and sanctuary to those embracing the tones.  

Furthermore, Pantone places an emphasis on the blending of gender-associated colors as another influencer in this year’s COY selection. Much of this shift is attributed to the fashion industry. In fashion design, colors are no longer seen as unilateral objects, both men and women are embracing tones previously classified along gender lines.  

Embracing the Color of the Year 

Color adds character to interior design and our personal style expression. This year’s COY blends two beautiful hues providing us with an exquisite and tranquil palette to explore throughout 2016.  

The serene mood set by Pantone's Rose Quartz and Serenity is very exciting for us here at SENGA. 

With many beautiful color pairings associated with this year’s COY, you can expect to see several new color combinations from us this next year.  


Where would you incorporate Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year in your home?  

Let us know in the comments below.