Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 is a Big Surprise

on December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment · in Blog, Colour
From Pantone

From Pantone

Drum roll please….yes its that time of year again when Pantone (the colour institute) announce the colour of the year for 2016. But we were all in for a big surprise this year as for the first time ever Pantone announce two colours of the year!! So why is that? Read on to discover their thinking behind this big announcement.

colours of the year 2016

From Pantone

Soft Pink called ‘Rose Quartz’ (Pantone 13-1520) and ‘Serenity’ (Pantone 15-3919) which we will see flood the market from everything to nail polish, fashion, makeup and of course interior design. Joined together these colours, “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. “

So first a little bit about these colours. “Rose quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of compsure”.

rose quartz

Rose Quartz by Aspire Design

Whilst “serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feeling of respite and relaxation in turbulent times.”

Serenity by Aspire Design

Serenity by Aspire Design

So where can we use these soft pastel colours…I’m sure that instantly people will think baby rooms…however this was not the intention of Pantone. Instead the decision was made to challenge “ traditional perceptions of color association”. Patones executive director Leatrice Eiseman advised that “this more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements towards gender equality and fluidity, to consumers instead comfort and 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”.

With that in mind here’s a selection of Interior Design schemes that I feel incorporate these colours to create stunningly beautiful spaces.

From Ideal Home Magazine

From Ideal Home Magazine

Ebury Fabric by James Hare Available from Aspire Design

Ebury Fabric by James Hare
Available from Aspire Design

‘Appealing in all finishes, matt, 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’.

Poetry Fabric by Kobe Available from Aspire Design

Poetry Fabric by Kobe
Available from Aspire Design

 

Here’s some sample pairings below :-

From Pantone

From Pantone

So will I miss the strong ‘Marsala’ colour of the year from 2015. Well probably yes but I must admit that I am more excited about these soft pastel colours and am looking forward to using these in in some of my new projects for 2016 as I feel they give a whimsical, carefree, tranquil feel to any home.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you found it informative. Please feel free to share with any of your colleagues whom have an interest in interiors. Thanks, Louise 045982265 or email louise@perfectheadboards.ie or louise@aspiredesign.ie

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