The Pantone Colour Institute, described by those in the know as the “global authority on colour”, has announced that 2016’s colour of the year will be not one, but two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. It’s the first time in the company’s history that more than one colour has been chosen.
Last year it was the bold Marsala, but 2016 will see two gentler tones take centre stage. The pairing of these pastel pink and pastel blue colours “brings calm and relaxation” according to Pantone, and will be an “antidote to modern day stresses”.
“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,” the company said.
They go on to explain that Rose Quartz and Serenity challenge traditional perceptions of colour association, and that they reflect a “gender blur” happening in the worlds of fashion and interior design.
“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” while “Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
Infuse your home with equal quantities of each to create a comforting balance in a space – a soft pink sofa against a pale blue backdrop, for instance. Or, if you prefer, focus on one shade over the other, using the second as an accent colour – perhaps a baby blue sofa with a couple of baby pink throw cushions.
If you have reservations about predominantly using pale tones in a room, add in more intense shades, such as greens, purples, and rich browns. And consider using brighter colours (yellows work particularly well) in conjunction with Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue to help bring them to life.
For 2016, it’s not about not being held to one choice or another, but rather what can be accomplished when unexpected partnerships are made.