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The New Pantone Color Of The Year

by Gail Thomson on December 16, 2015
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A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919) have been chosen as the 2016 Pantone® Color of the Year.

Rose Quartz is a gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation.

In the words of Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone® Color Institute: “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

What is the Color of the Year? 

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

Ways to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Home

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle. These tones can be incorporated into designs throughout the home with accents, accessories, or paint. Below are some suggested color pairings.

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Thinking of making some updates but unsure of where to start, what colors to choose, or how to prioritize? Give us a call – we’re happy to offer advice, design ideas and examples, or just provide a valuation of what your home might be worth.

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