Look Back at 2016's Pantone Color of the Year (Because Why Not?)

Updated 02/22/18

In 2016, Pantone announced for the first time that there would be not one but two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. The two pastel shades were meant to serve as an "antidote to modern-day stresses," the company stated, proving that these peaceful tones can, in fact, be used beyond the nursery.

Two years later, it's safe to say that modern-day stresses are still very much present in our lives. And while we're always looking forward to the next big trends, and it might also be time to revisit these peaceful tones as paint colors of choice in our homes. Are you ready to give your space a much-needed peaceful refresh? Draw inspiration from these beautiful pink and blue rooms in Pantone's 2016 colors of the year.

Courtesy of Chiltern Firehouse

In hotelier André Balazs's latest property, The Chiltern Firehouse in London's Marylebone district, the bathrooms walls are painted a soft shade of pink and accented with glossy black trims, veined marble vanities, and vintage furnishings. The result is a soft, elegant room where that gives everyone a warm glow and makes getting ready that much better.

The Moroccan Room Moroccan Rug $1965
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Courtesy of Københavns Møbelsnedkeri

If there's one room where Pantone's Serenity truly shines, it's in the kitchen. We've seen a few of these French-blue kitchens cabinets pop up in interiors lately. It pairs especially well with light wood tones and a touch of brass.

Schoolhouse Odyssey 4 Chandelier $349
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Patrick Cline via Lonny ; design by Celerie Kemble

In this New York apartment, Celerie Kemble infused a feminine essence in the dining room by covering the walls in a blush-pink grasscloth wallpaper. Since everyone looks great in a pink room, we're willing to bet this makes guests linger around the dining table that much longer.

Phillip Jeffries "Pink Hue" Extra-Fine Arrowroot Wallpaper
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Justin Coit

In her old DUMBO loft, Athena Calderone chose cone pendants in a matte shade that matched her cabinets to create a uniform look. By keeping the colors in her kitchen to a few moody neutral tones, she can truly let her food (and beautiful food photography) shine.

Serena & Lily Goodman Pendant $1195
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cozy bedroom
Courtesy of Studio MRS

This serene bedroom is the perfect respite for a Hawaiian vacation home. White accents, fluffy sheepskin rugs, and flowy linen curtains create an environment made for calm and relaxation.

West Elm Scoop Table Lamp $69
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Eve Wilson

This room uses a dusty-blue wall as a backdrop to colorful pastel gallery wall. The pink lounge chair and tan leather pouf stand out against the serene accent wall.

Meditative 4 by Janet Bludau
Janet Bludau Meditative 4 $1800
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Courtesy of Made In Design

This space uses colorblocking to focus the eyes on the furniture. The entire room is kept in tones of gray and white, while the furnishings are all in various shades of coral and pink.

Muuto Oslo 2-Seater Sofa $3349
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Genevieve Garruppo via Lonny

An updated way to incorporate wallpaper into a room is to match the mouldings to the tone of the wallpaper, a modern alternative to traditionally white or wood trims.

Serena & Lily "Spindrift" Paint $48
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Brooke Holm via Vogue

In Entrecôte, a Melbourne restaurant, rooms are painted in vibrant shades of pastel pink and muddy green. The rest of the furnishings are kept classic: The white tablecloths and traditional bentwood chairs pay homage to French bistros.

Michael Thonet Era Chair $209
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This story was originally published on January 6, 2016. It was updated on February 22, 2018.

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