How to Decorate Your Home with Pantone’s Rose Quartz and Serenity

Beth Stebner
How to Decorate Your Home with Pantone’s Rose Quartz and Serenity
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When I heard that Pantone had released not one—but two!—colors this year, my curiosity was piqued. Was last year’s deep burgundy color of Marsala such a hit that they decided to get more bang for their buck? Or was this two-for-one something else entirely?

But then I looked at the actual colors of  rose quartz and serenity. My mind jumped immediately to baby showers, old family photos, and my late grandmother’s taste in furniture, despite Pantone’s bold proclamation that the two hues “challenge traditional perceptions of color association.”

Yeah, yeah, everyone’s a critic. But then I started looking into how that would actually translate to (modern!) home décor, and the answer—much to my surprise—was, surprisingly well. Since rose quartz is a pretty pale pink and not, say, as in-your-face as the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, it lends itself to throw pillows, linens, wall colors, and even accent chairs, if you want to fully commit to living with one of the “It” colors of 2016.

Serenity, with its muted hue, is an easier color to deal with (or maybe that’s just because I tend to gravitate more toward cooler and neutral colors). But combined? You’ve somehow got a fresh, gender-neutral space that feels to-the-minute. The key is keeping your furniture and accessories streamlined, so no chintzy shabby chic, please.

Check out five ways you can decorate with the two trendiest colors for 2016.

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Once you’ve mastered the pink walls (or if you’re too scared to try), add a splash of serenity with a geometric-print pillow.

Photo: Nordic Design

And anyways, a pillow is a lot less commitment than painting a wall.

Coyuchi Crewel Arrow Pillow Cover, $39; at West Elm

Photo: Courtesy of West Elm

The idea isn’t overkill—a whisper pink wall color, when paired with neutral modern furniture, is super neutral and clean, instead of overly girly.

Photo: SF Girl by Bay

A hue like the aristocratic “Antoinette” does the trick to capture that somewhat faded pink.

“Antoinette” paint, $30 per liter; at Annie Sloan

Photo: Courtesy of Annie Sloan

Try an accent chair in rose quartz that doesn’t overpower the room.

Photo: My Paradissi

With mid-century vibes and a muted hue, this armchair is surprisingly neutral.

Pittsburg Pink Armchair, $499; at ABC Carpet & Home

Photo: Courtesy of ABC Carpet & Home

If you’re a true Pantone scholar, really commit to both colors with pink walls and a light blue sofa.

Photo: SF Girl by Bay

Kill two trends at once with this velvet tufted sofa.

Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Sofa in Light Blue, $2498; at Anthropologie

Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie

And if you still haven’t had enough rose quartz and serenity in your life, why not add a rug to the mix?

Photo: Divaani Blog

An oversized print adds a whimsical touch.

Homespun Moroccan Trellis Rug; $24–$711; at Rugs USA

Photo: Courtesy of Rugs USA

Bonus points: This pillow actually has pink quartz hand-pressed into the velvet for a very literal interpretation on the trend.

Aviva Stanoff Pink Quartz Pillow, $250; at ABC Carpet & Home

Photo: Courtesy of ABC Carpet & Home

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