for 2016, pantone takes on a softer approach to the color of the year, combining for the first time, two shades – rose quartz (pantone 13-1520) and serenity (pantone 15-3919). the emblematic selection is a response to what has been taking place within our culture — consumers seeking well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses — and serves as an expression of a mood and attitude. ‘the two hues psychologically demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer rose tone and a cooler tranquil blue which collectively fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security; offering a soothing sense of peace and order,’ says leatrice eiseman, executive director, pantone color institute®. rose quartz stands as a persuasive, yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure;s while serenity is weightless and airy, much like the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of rest and relaxation, even in turbulent times.


pantone color of the year 2016
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the combination of rose quartz and serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. many parts of the world have been experiencing a blur between genders in relation to fashion, subsequently impacting the color trends and tones used throughout other areas of design. the marriage of these rose quartz and serenity is a unilateral approach to color, one that coincides with society movements toward gender equality, and the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression.