The Colors of 2016


Every year, color authority Pantone (the company that makes color communication systems, most notably the Pantone Matching System or PMS colors, used by printers, graphic designers, manufacturers and retailers) releases its favorite color for the coming year. Industry insiders watch closely for signs of a trend that will spread through home décor, fashion and design. The rest of us can view the hue or in this case, hues, just for fun!

For the first time, Pantone has given the nod to two colors. Dubbed Rose Quartz and Serenity, the 2016 colors are shades of pale pink and baby blue. Though that color combo definitely brings to mind nurseries and nannies, the company’s aim was not infant-oriented, according to Pantone. The pastel pairing was chosen to convey rosy warmth and tranquility.

Why the Hullabaloo about Hue?

Previous top colors included Marsala, a robust earthy wine red last year; Radiant Orchid, a bold purple-pink combination in 2014; and Emerald, a vibrant green inspired by the gemstone in 2013. The colors are chosen based on what Pantone thinks will resonate with consumers. For example, the spirited reddish-orange, Tangerine Tango, chosen for 2012 signaled an energy boost to recharge and move forward.

Since 2000, only two colors until this year have been pastels – 2003’s Aqua Sky and 2000’s Cerulean. In 2016, Pantone selected the blush and blue tints for their ability to induce feelings of stability, comfort and compassion. In short, the shades can offer a sense of balance in a chaotic world.

For the Home

Rose Quartz and Serenity are perfect for baby nurseries or spring-inspired palettes. It’s easy to incorporate these tones into home decor. Pantone marketing partners have already launched products using the duo, alone and in pairings. Look Rose Quartz and Serenity in an array of décor items, such as paint, ceramics, tablecloths and glassware. Expect paisleys and plaids to make use of both the colors together. You can even find appliances like Keurig coffee makers or KitchenAid stand mixers that apply the colors.

On the Other Hand

For Pantone, pastels are “it” colors for 2016. However, for feng shui followers, 2016 is the year of the fire monkey. Key colors are red and shades of red like pink (see Rose Quartz), purple, lilac and burgundy. To connect to the energy of fire monkey (via the fire element of feng shui), see some red. Pick up something new, rich and red for you or your home– like a ruby doormat, crimson towels, strawberry candles or scarlet clothing.

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