Pantone names colours of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

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For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016.

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Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity 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.


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The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of colour association.


“Globally, we are experiencing gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” explainsPantone in a release. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.


Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.


Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.



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