Pantone 2016


Calling all pastel lovers (my hand is reaching far up to the sky) if this is your preferred colour then 2016 is going to be your year because the Pantone Institute has released its colour(s) of the year and this year it’s a doozy of a duo.

pantone rose quartz and serenity

Drumroll please . . . . Rose Quartz and Serenity are the winners. I know that some of you are thinking “isn’t this just soft pink and baby blue with fancy names?” Well yes and no. Rose Quartz is a soft pink but it has very warm undertones and is quite peachy in its version of soft pink. Let’s call it the fabric equivalent of the ever popular rose gold metal that has been increasing in popularity with each passing year. What a gorgeous complement these two would have going up against one another. And silver would make a fantastic contrast.

pantone rose quartz

Serenity on the other hand is more of a crisp sky blue with a bit of grey to it, perfect for the cool undertoned people of the world.

pantone serenity

The two colours were chosen this year for a few reasons. My guess is that there may have been colour wars at the Pantone Institute, though it claims it has to do with promoting gender equality and blurring the lines between masculine and feminine. So is this actually about Caitlin Jenner? The other emphasis is to promote calmness, tranquility and relaxation as the  two tones evoke feelings of softness and happiness. That works for me too. The world could use a little happiness these days even if it’s only in the form of colour harmony. If it has positive effects then sign me up and let’s surround ourselves with nothing but calming colours.

pantone rose quartz and serenity

Along with fashion, expect to see the colours turning up makeup and in home decor. The stainless and nickel of past are being replaced with rose quartz and copper metal accents. It’s incredible in home decor and adds that much needed warmth that has gone away for the past few years.

rose quartz lipstick_cg

pantone rose home

pantone rose couch

How to pair the baby hues?

The first choice is pair them together. Rose Quartz and Serenity combined is how the design team wants to see them combined.

pantone rose and serenity together

pantone rose and serenity

pantone rose quartz and serenity

The next best bet is add in some metallics like a shoe, bold jewellery, reuse that jacket you picked up for the holidays or add sparkle somewhere, somehow. Rose gold, copper, silver – mouah!

pantone rose quartz metallics

pantone rose sparkle

Try it with many of the pastel shades in the same hue like soft lavender, sage, silver grey, putty, almond, ivory and pale warm yellow.

pantone serenity and yellow

Beef it up with deeper hues like henna, thyme, warm navy, cognac or warm lavender-y grey.

pantone serenity and fiesta

fall color_dusty rose

Bring in the brights by going completely the opposite to make either of these hues pop.

rose and brights

Marsala ain’t over yet. Mix it with last year’s marsala for a beautiful contrast.

marsala and serenity

Shades of the sunset work great with rose quartz. Fiesta and serenity are incredible together.

pantone rose multi hue

So if Rose Quartz or Serenity aren’t your cuppa tea than here are a few others colours that Pantone is celebrating for 2016 – Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Fiesta, Iced Coffee and Green Flash. I hope one of those will tickle your fancy because prepare to see these colours out and about.

Carolyn Bissett


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.