The Color of the Year for 2016 has finally been unveiled by Pantone, and for the first time ever they have announced it to be two colors, Serenity and Rose Quartz. A softer take on the usually bolder colors, these shades of blue and pink have been chosen to evoke a mindset of tranquillity and peace according to the authority on color Pantone.
“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz 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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Chosen by a team of color experts at the Pantone Color Institute, these shades have been selected after thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. The expert team spend months combing the world for new color influences which can include everything from the entertainment industry and films, to fashion, new technologies, textures and even relevant social media platforms. The choices that the color expert team make have been influencing product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, from fashion and home furnishings to industrial design for the last sixteen years.
The interiors of next year will be heavily influenced by these two shades, Pantone 15-3919 Serenity and Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz. Whether on their own or combined with other shades this pairing will bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment. A great choice for rugs and soft furnishings, these two shades are very versatile and will also work well in paint and for decorative accessories and even wallpaper. Layering solid and patterned fabrics, throws, cushions and bed linen in these pink & blue hues will add a comforting atmosphere and feeling of well-being in the home.
In the kitchen look to accessories in these shades; KitchenAid are set to release a Stand Mixer in Guava, a warm pink tone based on Pantone’s Rose Quartz, and they already have one available in Cornflower blue, a shade that parallels Pantone’s Serenity. Tableware and home accessories such as candles, decorative centerpieces and vases will add subtle color accents too. Matte and metallic finishes will also be a huge part of this key trend for next year’s interiors.
With many questioning why Pantone deciding to break the mould and choose two shades this year, Pantone explained their reasoning;
‘The color, or in this case, colors we select to be our Pantone Color of the Year are symbolic; they are a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture at a particular moment in time.’
They go on to talk about their influences citing that theses shades feature across the A/W 2015, 2016 and Spring 2016 runways for men and women as well as other directional shows for home interiors. The color pairing has also been spotted across many other areas of design including fashion accessories, active wear, industrial design, multi-media and packaging design.
Many people have picked up on the fact that each of these shades has historically been paired with a specific gender, and are questioning if the duality decision has anything to do with gender equality and the world’s changing attitude towards this and gender identity as a whole.
“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,” Leatrice Eiseman explains.
“This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes 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.”
Conveying a sense of compatibility, comfort, calmness, understanding, and balance, the chosen shades are a great choice for interiors, and we are looking forward to seeing the different styles emerge across 2016.