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Pantone’s Color of the Year Is Every Expecting Parent’s Dream


Parents torn between selecting a trendy nursery color scheme and conforming to — or breaking — gender stereotypes need not fret, for this year, they can have the best of both worlds.

Pantone, the New Jersey-based institute best known for its color matching system, revealed its 2016 Color of the Year in December — and for the first time ever, there’s not one, but two hues. Rose Quartz (13-1520), a “gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” and Serenity (15-3919), which brings “feelings of respite and relaxation,” were simultaneously chosen to reflect “connection and wellness, as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” according to Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman.

The decision also nicely represents today’s values of gender equality and fluidity — so those DIYers sifting through paint swatches for their new nursery ought to find the perfect reason to break the mold for their baby boy or girl.

pantone color of the year 2016

Not quite time to decorate a nursery? Try painting bathrooms in soothing Serenity, or amp up the warmth of a bedroom with Rose Quartz. Both colors contrast well with mid-tones of green and purple, rich browns, and virtually all shades of yellow or pink. If you’re looking for more of a splash, add in metallics like silver, or bright colors.

Visit www.pantone.com for more guides on how to use these colors. Happy painting!