Shower Yourself With Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year!

When we look at bathroom design trends, one of our frequent sources is Pantone, the world’s leading color experts.  Each year they release a Color of the Year…but this year is a little different. Pantone has chosen two colors for 2016: Serenity and Rose Quartz.

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” says the Pantone Color Guide.   “Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Pantone: Rose Quartz and Serenity In Your Bathroom

Most of you want your bathroom to be an escape – a place to get away from it all and perhaps relax a little bit. You’re in luck! Pantone sees their unique color  pairing as a way to promote well-being, whether the tones are used in fashion or home decor. So we wondered…how would these colors pair in the bathroom to create that perfect spa-like getaway?

For the Princess at Heart

Perhaps the simplest way to bring Serenity and Rose Quartz into your home is to choose one of the colors as the main theme, and then bring it into focus with accessories of the opposing color. According to Pantone, it is the combination of the two colors that really works. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute has this to say: “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 a soothing sense of order and peace.”  However, both colors make a statement on their own.

Our design expert, Ronald Osuna, concurs. “It’s best to be heavier on one color and lighter on the other so that you can create a Zen-like experience.”


Beautiful Rose Quartz paint accompanied by Serenity accents. Vanity mirror available from Dulles Glass.

In this modern reboot of the Shabby Chic look, we’ve chosen Rose Quartz paint for the walls. Generally we’d avoid a completely pink wall, but this chalky Rose Quartz tone paired with white accents and brass fixtures is positively opulent. Rounded out with the pops of Serenity blue in the accessories (towels and planters), this bathroom is the pinnacle of luxury.

“This really hints of French-style interior design,” says designer Osuna. “It’s so soft and simple, yet so luxurious!” Who wouldn’t want to get away in this dream space?

Modern Serenity

If you’d rather try Serenity as the hero, you can play around with your accessories in Rose Quartz. And your home doesn’t have to be shabby chic, French country, or cottage cool to look great with these colors.


Modern bathroom featuring Serenity blue paint and Rose Quartz accessories. Door & Panel custom glass shower by Dulles Glass.

In this modern bathroom, with such a neutral palette, it seemed like the way to go was to create an accent wall. “This way,” says designer Osuna, “you don’t get an over-saturation of the blue.”  Using towels and small accessories like vases is an easy way to dabble with new color or design patterns without making a big commitment. That way, if the combination doesn’t work for you, you can always swap it out for something different later without a big investment.

How would you use the Pantone Colors of the Year in your bathroom? Tell us in the comments or post on our Facebook page.


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