Coffee and a good book
Ebony and ivory
Peanut butter and jelly
What do all these things have in common?
One of these things by itself is great. But the full experience of its value is in the combined balance of its companion. In the words of Rob Bass, “it takes two to make a thing go right”! Apparently, Pantone agreed with this statement when they set tradition aside and announced that their 2016 Color of the Year would be a harmonious pair of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.
For some, this may lead to another question: What is Pantone?
You know, you really have an inquisitive mind. I think I like you. 🙂 To answer your question, Pantone is an American corporation best known for its color-matching system that influences many industries, especially those involving textiles. For years, Pantone has been announcing their official Color of the Year as a way to inspire creative thought and to remind us to celebrate every color on the spectrum for its possibilities. Many industries such as the fashion world, home decor companies, and the wedding industry work with Pantone to incorporate this color of the year into their products in order to make it available to the consumer. That’s you!
In recent years, Pantone’s official colors have been rich, one-dimensional shades such as Marsala, Orchid, and Emerald. For 2016, Pantone decided to break from tradition to bring versatility and tranquil balance in two complimentary colors that work in harmony for fresh inspiration. So without further ado, today we would like to kick off a celebration of new ideas with ready-to-pin photo collages of these two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. We are featuring three areas in which anyone can express their favorite ways of styling these colors of the year, so follow us through our favorite photos that show this duo in fashion, home decor, and weddings for beautiful examples in how you can make these colors all your own this year!
Industry one : fashion
Rose quartz has the ability to perform as an elegant neutral or feminine pastel, and the recent popularity of rose gold jewelry may have been the prelude to this darling hue making a splash in apparel. With the gentle and light touch of a blushing glow, this shade will translate from sweet spring pastels to serene winter neutrals throughout the year!
A complimentary contrast to rose quartz is the tranquil and pleasant hue of Serenity Blue that both balances and enhances its softer counter-part. Whether worn alone in our ever-popular chambray shirtdress or paired with its 2016 pink partner in a stunning watercolor like our trending cut-out shoulder top, this sentimental shade is sure to become a favorite for its clean and soothing tones.
Industry two: home decor
Decorating your living spaces really provides the opportunity to experiment and the freedom of creative control with how much of each color you would like to feature in your home. As seen here, making a statement with a fixed feature such as your front door, a major appliance, or even an accent wall can allow for accentuating with a statement piece. Or if you’re more of a mix-and-match person, consider collecting small details like rose gold table accents or incorporating another shade like a slate gray. These colors are just as suitable as featured statement colors or accent colors on a variety of color palettes. Translate these shades in any style from French Country to Modern!
Industry three: weddings
Weddings are the quintessential event for creating a color theme, and 2016’s color pairing is producing some of my favorite looks for the traditional blue and pink combination. Far from cutesy and juvenile shades that we see at baby showers, the dusty periwinkle and blushing rose speak elegance and provide undertones of stength and tenderness to make it the perfect balance for a marriage of masculine and feminine colors. Make your ceremony crisp and clean with precise balances of these two shades or feel free to accentuate using other complimentary colors with verdent greenery, neutral wooden ornaments, golden table accents, or even red roses in your bouquets! The possibilities are endless to take this inspiration and make it all your own!
Each season will bring new ideas on styling these classic colors, from the pastels of spring to adding pops of bold color to mix with in summer, to the transition to understated neutrals in fall and winter. We can’t wait to see a regeneration of all-new ideas and themes for 2016!
Which of these areas are you most likely to try the Colors of the Year? Do you have any particular favorite stylings?
~ A note from the author: Are you enjoying this 2016’s Colors of the Year? Each individual has their own palettes and hues that captivate them, and my anticipation grows each year to see what Pantone might suggest as the new color for inspired experimentation! Not every year promises a shade that we gravitate towards, but the mission of forcing our minds to quite literally “color outside” of the box is always accomplished. I hope that you find wonderful ways to make these colors work for you. Go color your world!