It’s that time of the year when colour authority, Pantone, introduces its 2016 Colour of the Year.
This year Pantone has done something different. The world colour authority has chosen TWO colours for this year.
As you can see in the graphic, this year’s colours are – Rose Quartz and Serenity. Rose Quartz is a warm pink and Serenity is a cool blue.
Why Choose These Colours
Pantone chooses a colour to reflect the dominant trend in the moods and feelings in the western world.
2016 is seen, in their view, as a year when Mindfulness is back in vogue. They have chosen two colours to reflect this seeking of peace in a hurried world where technology is overwhelming. They have combined both a cool and a warm colour to reflect a mindful balance. Rose Quartz is used to indicate creating a loving feeling for ourselves while Serenity indicates connection and a soothing feeling of peace. Both of these are medium colours and can be used together.
Their second reason for the choice is that these colours together challenge us also to balance traditional feminine and masculine colours in harmony rather than in discord. Pantone reminds us that, for children, ‘pink’ was once a male colour’ and ‘blue’ was a female colour. It is a reminder that colour perceptions and strict judgments about colour and gender can change.
What It Means for You, the Stylish Baby Boomer
Generally, the Pantone 2016 Colour of the Year is a guide to decorating. These colours are suggested as being used to create a feeling of calm and serenity (maybe while practising your mindfulness). You are not left floundering because the Pantone website gives eight colour combinations using Rose Quartz and Serenity.
In fashion these are colours that work best for women with softer colouring and softer personalities. If that is you, you may already have something in these shades in your wardrobe. They go well with purple and brown and Pantone suggests accents of silver or brighter versions of the two colours. Interestingly, there is one colour palette suggested where these two colours are mixed with the ‘2015 Colour of the Year – Marsala’.
For everyone else, these medium colours can be uses as shades in a mixed pattern. Rose Quartz blends with pink, red and purple shades. Serenity blends with other blue shades and is a contrasting colour to brown. If you want to incorporate these serene mindful colours into your life, you can add a touch in home or personal accessories.
A Bit of Colour Trivia
On the website I found this – ‘The Pantone Colour of the Day’. For each day of the year, a colour is shown. Beside it are listed three qualities for that day. These colours and descriptions are taken from the book ‘Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says about You’ by astrologer, Michele Bernhardt. Yes, there is such a thing as ‘Colorstrology’. It is a mixture of astrology and numerology and adding a colour to each month and each of the 366 days in a year. In the book, for each day, you get – the three qualities, a few sentences with more detail as well as three dates that are compatible with the date given. You can look up dates for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and even for national holidays such as ‘Australia Day’.
The colour for January is ‘caramel’ and the colour for Australia Day, 26 January is ‘dusky orchid’ .
The reviews are mixed on how true they are. It’s all a matter of your beliefs. Some use it seriously and some use it for fun.
You are now a font of knowledge on the 2016 Colour of the Year and you now have a new word to add to your vocabulary. Have fun. Impress others. And notice how these impact the colour choices available to you in fashion and décor.