After the vibrancy of Radiant Orchid and Marsala, Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 offers a much more muted, subtle approach to colour. Also, in contrast to previous years, this year’s Colour of the Year is actually a blend of two hues; Rose Quartz and Serenity. The two shades have a beautiful softness to them and can be combined to create stylish harmony between warm and cool tones.
Pantone describe these shades as “an antidote to modern day stresses” and the Pantone Colour(s) of the Year have been selected by their colour experts to soothe our senses and create a sense of inner peace. By combining Rose Quartz and Serenity, Pantone is also representing a move away from typecasting and gender stereotypes, creating a fluidity between the shades.
Calming and tranquil, the colours of the year lend themselves perfectly to fresh SS16 schemes which are inspired by the relaxed and effortless feel of beach house style. Rose Quartz’s delicate blush shade and Serenity’s powdery blue work in harmony together to create a cool, laid-back feel. Try introducing these shades to neutral backdrops through cushions, floor coverings and crockery for a stylishly understated pop of colour.
This year’s Pantone colour combination creates a feeling of delicacy and so works beautifully with raw organic materials such as stone, timber and sisal in order to build visual harmony between natural finishes and elegant hues. These tones lend themselves to soft cloudy prints and ombre fading and are ideal for graduating on textiles and wallpapers for a refreshing new season scheme.