The Pantone Colour of the Year is a shade that captures the sentiment of the times, a "colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude" they say. For 2016, and for the first time ever, the Pantone Colour of the Year is not one hue, but a blend of two shades: Rose Quartz and Serenity. To put it simply, Rose Quartz is a baby pink, while Serenity is a blue/ violet – both are lighter shades that are also said to be mid-tones.

They were chosen for their characteristics of relaxation, compassion, warmth, composure and gentleness, much needed qualities in our unstable times. If you do want to inject them (and some of the above qualities) in your home, here are some design inspirations and tips you can use. 

Source: Pantone

For a light and breezy combination, the two colours can be used with light neutral tones such as white and walls, bedroom, Pantone colour of the year
Design: Make Room

Orange Cube, Pantone Colour of the Year, childrens room
Design: The Orange Cube

Rose Quartz and Serenity also goes well with purples and browns.
pink walls, pink and purple, living room, Space Vision Design
Design: Space Vision Design

Pantone Colour of the Year, blue walls, window
Design: Grafunkt

Design firm Free Space Intent used two shades of pink in the dining area. You can see how well the grey of the concrete in the kitchen goes with pink, wall, dining room, Free Space Intent, Pantone Colour of the Year

If you're unsure how to use the colour, add it in small doses first, like with cushions. Design by Maramiri.
pink and blue, decor accessories, Maramiri, Pantone Colour of the Year

Rose Quartz and Serenity (like the blue in this picture), works with all shades of yellow. Baby room design by Design Intervention.Pantone Colour of the Year, blue, reading corner