Color of the Year


The New Year is almost upon us, and PANTONE has recently released their 2016 Color of the Year. We couldn’t be more excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a blend of two colors, and Rose Quartz and Serenity challenge traditional ideas of what is masculine and what is feminine in terms of color.

Rose Quartz and SerenityWe’ve been seeing a lot of traditionally feminine colors like pastels used in male fashion lately, and just like the masculine florals trend in recent years, it shows that soft pinks and blues can be gender-neutral, as well.

According to PANTONE’s website, “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with 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.”

The duo is soft and soothing, helping usher in 2016 with the sense of peace and tranquility we’ve been looking for all year.

Color of the YearWhat Colors Complement this Duo?

The pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation, according to PANTONE. The engaging combo works beautifully with other mid-tones, including greens, purples, rich browns, as well as shades of yellows and pinks. Metallics or splashes of hot bright tones add more intrigue and sparkle.


Palettes incorporating Rose Quartz & Serenity suggested by PANTONE:





For more color information and inspiration, visit PANTONE.