When Benjamin Moore named Simply White its color of the year recently, it caught many by surprise. Is white even a color? Let alone the year's hot color. Now, Pantone has chosen Rose Quartz and Serenity blue as their colors of the year. That’s right, actual colors. So Consumer Reports asked paint manufacturers and retailers to point us to the paint chips that best match this pastel pink and blue.

For 15 years Pantone, which markets itself as the global color authority, has announced a color of the year. This is the first time two colors, or more specifically, the blending of these colors, were selected. “The harmonious shades of the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 evoke feelings of calmness, well-being, and understanding,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, via email. “Only by combining the two shades do they perfectly reflect a feeling of wellness and comfort.” She expects consumers will see the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz in many product categories, including fashion, paints, bedding, and home accessories.

Which brings us to the home. The KitchenAid Artisan KSM150PS stand mixer, which was a top-performer in our stand mixer tests, comes in Cornflower Blue, a color the manufacturer says parallels Pantone’s Serenity. And in July, KitchenAid will introduce stand mixers in Guava Glaze, a warm pink based on Rose Quartz. As for interior paints, we asked color experts who make the top-scoring interior paints in our tests to share the paint names that match Pantone’s Rose Quartz and Serenity.

KitchenAid stand mixers in Pantone's colors of the year.

Think Pink and Blue Hues

Here are the matching paint names from top paint retailers as well as recommended paints from our tests. Prices are per gallon.

Home Depot


  • Pink: 1008-6C Delicate Pink Rose
  • Blue: 4005-10A Simply Periwinkle
  • Recommended paint: Valspar Reserve, $44

Ace Hardware

Benjamin Moore and independent hardware stores

How We Test Paint

For great results you want a paint that goes on smoothly and hides old paint well. So we test for that, along with how well the paint resists stains, scrubbing, gloss change, sticking, mildew, and fading. Our tests found that a brand's flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss paints performed similarly overall so we’ve combined the scores to make it easier for you to shop.

The best paints from our tests are self-priming and manufacturers claim they’re low in volatile organic compounds or lack VOCs—the noxious chemicals that can give paint an odor, cause headaches and dizziness, and are linked to smog and respiratory problems.

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Our interior paint Ratings include 25 products, from $17 Color Place from Walmart to $105 Farrow & Ball. The paint Ratings tell the whole story. Questions? Email me at kjaneway@consumer.org.