This December, Pantone changed up its Color of the Year tradition with not one, but two hues for 2016: Rose Quartz, a sophisticated pale pink, and Serenity, a delicate light blue.

This calming duo is Pantone’s response to the increasing stress of modern life — an encouragement to slow down and soften, but also an acknowledgment of changes in our society. These shades traditionally symbolize masculinity and femininity, but in a changing landscape of traditions and identity, Pantone urges us to find new meaning.

While these shades are most reminiscent of springtime flower buds and sweet sundresses, their combination is reflective of a stunning sunset at any time year. Explore some of our favorite Rose Quartz and Serenity images below, then take a look at our Color of the Year collection to see 75 more.

deer snow stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=255468541&src=lb-40519922">Deer in the snow by Alin Brotea</a>
peeling paint stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=342857783&src=lb-40519922">Textured concrete industrial background – light pink and turquoise peeling paint on the old rough concrete surface by Marina Zezelina</a>
jefferson memorial cherry blossom stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=134786636&src=lb-40519922">Jefferson Memorial at dawn by Tidal Basin and surrounded by pink Japanese Cherry blossoms with the monument lit by the rising sun at dawn by Steve Heap</a>
bowl of candy stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic-316162049/stock-photo-souffle-sweets-on-the-plate-minimal-vanilla-style.html">Souffle Sweets on the plate. Minimal Vanilla style by Evgeniya Porechenskaya</a>
mediterranean houses stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=303876089&src=lb-40519922">Colorful house facades, Mediterranean architecture by AnastasiaNess</a>
abstract mountains stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=173463902&src=lb-40519922">Colorful Abstract Mountains by Mark Kirkpatrick</a>
ripped jeans stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=326586854&src=lb-40519922">Lady in fashionable ripped Jeans stands in pink wall by Evgeniya Porechenskaya</a>
pink blue hydrangeas bowls stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic-290778623/stock-photo-bouquet-of-hortensia-flowers-and-glass-bowls-on-modern-wooden-coffee-table-and-cozy-sofa-with.html">Bouquet of hortensia flowers and glass bowls on modern wooden coffee table and cozy sofa with pillows by Yulia Grigoryeva</a>
passport stamps macro stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=86399017&src=lb-40519922">Passport with stamps by Muellek Josef</a>
pink blue octopus stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic-274092959/stock-photo-octopus-in-water.html">Octopus in water by Olga Visavi</a>
blue pink flowers stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=319763585&src=lb-40519922">Blue Hydrangea and purple rose by leungchopan</a>
fire escapes stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=70001671&src=lb-40519922">facade of the house with fire safety stairs by aragami12345s</a>
frozen rose flower stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic-130301840/stock-photo-frozen-beautiful-pink-roseflower-blossomsin-the-ice-cube.html">Frozen beautiful pink roseflower. blossoms in the ice cube by foryouinf</a>
birds flying stock vector
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=292948160&src=lb-40519922">flock of birds, silhouettes of trees and clouds, retro engraving style by jumpingsack</a>
ice cream cone stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic-172259966/stock-photo-empty-ice-cream-cone-against-a-pink-and-blue-background.html">Empty ice-cream cone against a pink and blue background by luminaimages</a>
glacier greenland stock photo
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=237481555&src=lb-40519922">Glaciers of Greenland. Icebergs of different forms in the gulf by Denis Burden</a>

See 75 more Rose Quartz and Serenity images in our Color of the Year collection »

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Top image: Winter, Orangeville Creek cascade at sunrise illuminated by pink clouds overhead, Michigan, USA by Dean Pennala