Posted by Lauran

It’s December, so that means it’s time for paint companies, designers and fashionistas to declare their “colors of the year.” The Pantone Color Institute is considered to be the leader in these predictions, and for 2016 they’ve made an interesting choice—a blend of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity.



We have seen pink as a major color trend for a while now, and this periwinkle blue is a new twist on the soft blues that have been popular (remember “Breath of Fresh Air” from Benjamin Moore 2014?).

It’s helpful to look at the whole palette of colors that Pantone provides to see how to use Rose Quartz and Serenity in your home (without making it look like a nursery).


In our own decorating and staging projects, we find it easiest to use pink as an accent color, as we just did in this Oakland home for sale.

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The pink is limited to the artwork, one pillow and a vintage stool. We love how pink interacts with black, white and gray.

It’s interesting to note that while Benjamin Moore has chosen Simply White as their own 2016 Color of the Year, the palette they selected to complement Simply White also includes a light pink (Cream Puff) and a periwinkle blue (Enchanted).

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What do you think? Do you (or will you) use pink or periwinkle in your own home?


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