Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

Each year Pantone gets the honor of naming the color of the year, which is an announcement the color company makes right as the previous year is wrapping up. You might remember the color of 2015 was Marsala, which is a pretty blasé red/brown that not too many people were thrilled about seeing as the color of the year.

Pantone Color of the Year

For 2016, Pantone is switching it up, and giving two different colors the distinction of ‘color of the year.’ The Pantone 2016 Color of the year is Rose Quartz AND Serenity. In a departure from the norm, two colors have been named the ‘it’ tones for the upcoming year. Unsure of what those shades are? Think a muted baby pink and blue, and you’ll be pretty close to the shade.

“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 the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

According to Pantone, Rose Quartz is meant to be… ‘a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.’

On the other hand, Serenity is meant to convey the feeling of being ‘weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us. Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.’

Other colors for the 2016 year include: Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, Limpet Shell and Green Flash.

(image taken from Pantone’s Color Forecast Report.)

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