Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

It’s a Boy…It’s a Girl…They’re Twins!

The 2016 Pantone Color of the Year award goes to…  Rose Quartz and Serenity! Color informs our senses and can evoke emotions in us in subtle (or sometimes overt) ways. For 2016, Pantone [supplier of color measurement hardware and software], has picked two colors this year. It is the first time more than one color has received the honor, and we think they have chosen very well.

2016 Pantone
Rose Quartz, 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

2016 Pantone
Serenity, 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Rose Quartz and Serenity are on the softer side of color, in a color-space commonly referred to as pastel. Because of they’re subtly, pastels can be used in a variety of applications. They can range from the focus color in a design in contrast to an accent color at the edge of consciousness. Pastels have an amazing ability to inspire without being “in your face” bold.

For 2016, pairing a red with a blue may seem counter-intuitive and ill-fated. Typically blues and reds are bold and opposed. Turn them toward pastel, however, and we think you’ll agree they make an excellent pair. It isn’t a bold statement with grand contrast, but instead a subtle reminder that not everything needs to stand out. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice in a design that brings the most attention.


Real Colors for Everday Spaces

Each color has a way of creating a balanced space without overpowering the room. As you look below at the first image featuring Serenity, your eye wanders lazily around the picture. I notice the chandelier first, the chair, then the fireplace, and finally the table. The walls are a beautiful afterthought that allows the room to feel cohesive.


2016 Pantone
Serenity in a Contemporary Space



2016 Pantone
Rose Quartz in a Contemporary Space


Interested in changing things up in your space? Afraid of committing to color? Let Ida York Design Group help you see that color can be your ally. Give us a call at 503-688-9499 or email us at

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