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Nine Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Every year, the Pantone Color Institute – the world’s foremost color-matching authority for printing and fashion industries – announces its Color of the Year. The Color of the Year sets the tone in everything from beauty products to fashion to home décor. Pantone’s color experts take into account current trends and then deliberate to select just the right color for the year ahead.

This year, for the first time, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is actually a blend of two shades – Rose Quartz, a pale pink; and Serenity, a light and airy blue.

On its website, Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman says, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity 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.”

Life can sometimes be chaotic and stressful. Rose Quartz and Serenity are the perfect balance of gentleness and grace. And that makes the two a great option when it comes to interior decorating. If you want to create a relaxing abode to come home to after a long day at the office or a peaceful retreat to enjoy while the kids are napping, then these colors will blend perfectly.

Take a look at these nine ideas to incorporate Rose Quartz and Serenity into your home.

Kitchen Appliances

Gone are the days of plain kitchen appliances. Whether the appliances are large or small, manufacturers are coming out with a wide range of patterns and colors to match your style.

A neutral background makes the perfect palette for Rose Quartz and Serenity appliances. They’ll bring a rich subtlety of color to your kitchen and also look great with a shabby chic theme.

For smaller appliances, KitchenAid has a plethora of countertop appliances in light pink and pastel blue shades. You can mix to create a set perfect for you. They offer a light pink culinary bundle, which includes a stand mixer, diamond blender, hand blender and hand mixer. Those appliances, paired with Serenity-colored dishes or a tiled backsplash would create a perfectly peaceful kitchen.

If you’re looking for larger appliances like a refrigerator or dishwasher, try a manufacturer like Smeg. Their pastel blue color is a dead ringer for Serenity and will look excellent with light pink appliances or kitchen towels.


Rose Quartz and Serenity can combine to create a relaxing and comforting space. Use light blue sheets, bedding and throw blankets to create that feel in your bedroom.

Be careful not to go overboard here. While it’s a peaceful color scheme, over-saturation can come across looking more like a child’s nursery than a tranquil retreat. Mix in grays, whites and deeper purples to keep your space mature and elegant.


Many people keep fresh-cut flowers in their house. It feels homier and according to AboutFlowers.com, flowers can actually boost your mood and have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.

If accurate, who wouldn’t want more flowers in their life? Especially in calming colors like Rose Quartz and Serenity? Don’t feel like you need to have blue and pink flowers in there together. Try using one color of flowers with the secondary color as a vase or adding the other color in similar small touches like candles and picture frames.

Painted Doors

Painting a door can add personality and color to your home. It’s the first thing you see when you get home and the last thing you see as you’re leaving. Your door is an opportunity to welcome yourself and guests, and what better way to welcome them than with soothing, calm colors like Rose Quartz and Serenity.

If you’re painting a door, try to leave the entry room neutral and add in Rose Quartz and Serenity as accents. Use them in pillows, throw blankets and artwork but keep the walls and bigger pieces of furniture neutral to balance it out.

Accent Walls

Much like painting a door, painting one wall can create interest and depth in a room. Accent walls are a great way to make a room look bigger and to incorporate Pantone’s Colors of the Year.

Whichever color you choose for your accent wall, use the other as an accent color in the room when choosing pillows, throws and artwork. This will keep it from being too much of one color.

Light Fixtures

If you’re in need of a little extra light in your room, adding a floor or desk lamp can do just the trick. And they come in hundreds of shapes and styles.

Add some Pantone-inspired style to your room with a light pink or blue lamp or light fixture. If you already have a lamp base that you love, try switching out the lampshade to one that is subtle pink or blue.

Changing up your lighting can be a quick and easy way to incorporate the Color of the Year.


Whether you have exposed shelving or you keep your dishes in a cupboard, having a coordinating set can make your kitchen and dining space look and feel more polished.

Try adding a few light blue and pink dishes to your set or do a complete overhaul and choose all pink and blue dishes. You can probably find some at a local thrift store if you want a vintage look or try these glass dishes from Crate and Barrel for a more updated look.

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows can be reliable go-to items when changing home décor. They’re relatively inexpensive and can effectively change the look and feel of a room. If you want to embrace the Color of the Year but don’t want to commit too much, simply add in a few Rose Quartz- or Serenity-colored pillows.

Colored Tile

Tile can help enhance the look of a space. Whether it’s the kitchen backsplash or bathroom tile, a color or interesting pattern can make a room shine.

If you decide to go with a colored tile, use the corresponding color as accents, much like the accent wall. If you have a light blue backsplash, use pink flowers or utensils so it pops against the cool blue.

Whether you incorporate one idea, mix and match them or test them all out, your home is sure to be calming and tranquil with your Rose Quartz and Serenity décor. How do you plan on featuring this year’s Pantone Color of the Year? Let us know in the comment section!

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