Rose Quartz & Serenity: Kitchens in Pantone’s Colors of the Year

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Last week Pantone announced that for the first time ever, they have chosen two colors to represent 2016. The two choices — Rose Quartz and Serenity — are reminiscent of light pink and baby blue, but we’re kind of into the subtle hues. Especially after the past several years have been defined by bolder tones, like Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, and Tangerine Tango.

Take a look at just how well these colors can work in your kitchen.

Get ready to see these two colors a lot; KitchenAid and Keurig are already touting appliances in the two shades, and Smeg already has them as part of their color palette. We expect there will be plenty of other brands that follow.

Rose Quartz Kitchens

  • Palest Pink – House to Home: These cabinets are just a shade darker than blush, and we love how subtle they are. It’s the perfect choice if you want to do pink in your kitchen, but are wary of something too bold.
  • Retro Pink – The Kitchn: When you’re ready to go full retro, this is the kitchen you’ll want to replicate. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but it does have a lot of charm.
  • Floor-to-Ceiling – Apartment Therapy: The combination of pink and gray gives this kitchen a completely mellow vibe. We love the solo pink barstool as well.
  • Rose Countertops – The Kitchn: For just a touch of pink, try using a rose quartz laminate on the countertop. It’s a subtle addition that’s pulled together by the other pops of pink around the room.
  • Open Shelving Backing – Elle Decor Espana: Open shelving for your upper cabinets is a great way to make your kitchen feel more lofty. (Painting the wall behind the shelving pink doesn’t hurt either.)
(Image credit: Architectural Digest)

Serenity Kitchens

  • Blue Tile – The Kitchn: This pale blue tile is a simple and stunning way to add serenity (the color and mood) to your kitchen. Plus, it shows just how well this hue pairs with green.
  • Coastal Cabinets – Coastal Living: Not only are these blue cabinets reminiscent of the ocean, but the variegated tile backsplash also seals the deal.
  • Glossy Backsplash – House to Home: The sheen of this backsplash adds to the modern feel of the bright white kitchen.
  • Statement Wall – Architectural Digest: Another example of how well this pale blue plays well with other colors; we love the statement wall in this kitchen paired with green cabinets and a colorful tiled floor.
  • Serenity Cabinets – British Standard: The simple wooden cabinets in this kitchen get a stunning upgrade with the blue hue.