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

Can’t decide between nursery colors? You don’t have to

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.

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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 for more guides on how to use these colors. Happy painting!

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