Pantone nominated Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue Pantone Colours 2016 as colours of the year for 2016, two shades that infuse calm and recall balance immediately. The choice of these two tones comes from the need of serenity and overall beauty, a much needed antidote to the stresses of modern life. The two colours are also considered yin and yang, male and female, and apply to a world where the line between genres is becoming increasingly fluid.
People are looking for awareness and peace, welcoming colours that psychologically satisfy our desire for security. The warm tone of pink and the tranquility of the blue convey this sense of calm and order.
“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.” Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute.
Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue are paired with different combinations of colours. Among them, Echo Peach, a shade of orange evoking warmth and playfulness, set to make an impact with the public in the next spring, followed by Green Flash, Lilac Grey, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Fiesta and Iced Coffee to name a few.
When used together, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue work well with whites, greys and beiges, adding a soft hue of colour to spaces that could otherwise be too neutral or too ordinary.
After Marsala, colour of the year 2015, Rose Quartz has already inspired the catwalks of New York. Carolina Herrera, for example, dedicated to the colour her entire collection.
It had also already appeared on several runways for Fall-Winter 2015-2016, from the chiffon dresses by Atelier Versace and pastel suits signed by Prada to Dolce & Gabbana and Emporio Armani collections.
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This colour has not only influenced the fashion runways but also all other areas of design. Rose Quartz, in any material or finish, whether opaque, metallic or shiny, is combined with other nuances like green, purple, brown and shades of yellow.
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Furnishing ideas for 2016 suggest a look of light colours and pastel shades of pink, blue or green. The deep pink, combined with purple, amethyst, yellow or green will create a very feminine and chic design. The clear tones of pink can be combined with grey or almond for delicate interiors ideal for decorating children’s bedrooms or dressing rooms, while combining it with more intense shades such as orange, green and purple will make your room sparkle. To create a hot and sober nuance we must think of pink paired with marsala, sand and black, a great elegant autumn look.
For a more masculine style, opt for shades of green, from lime to forest, together with blies and greys. While for a modern and industrial style we recommend using pink combined with black and grey.
Serenity Blue, as its name suggests, conveys a sense of calm and of infinite space, reminding us of a beautiful blue sky in the hot summer months.
Like Rose Quartz, Serenity Blue also appeared on the latest catwalk shows around the world. Perfect alone or as an additional soft hue to make our wardrobe less ordinary, it has been used by many designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Luisa Beccaria and Vionnet.
Because it conveys a sense of calm and peace, Serenity Blue is a great choice for relaxing and harmonious spaces. Used as a neutral shade, it adds depth to any colour scheme and works well as a replacement for whites and greys. Serenity Blue, like many other shades of blue, is also a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, where it adds elegance and freshness.
It also works well with black, giving an elegant and subtle touch to a room. For the most daring, Serenity Blue is perfect in combination with retro patterns or in gradation with other shades of blue.