Pantone Colors 2016

Pantone Colors 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Roslyn Fashion & Jewelry: Your Life in Color Pantone, Weddings

Rose Quartz and Serenity are not some wacky new celebrity baby names, they are the Pantone colors for 2016. Pantone is a global authority who sets the standard for all design industries on color. Traditionally, only one color is selected as the color of the year, but for 2016 this dreamy duo was named.

They were selected in response to the stress of modern day life and the need for inner peace and tranquility. Think about the combination of these colors; the dusky shade of pink conveying gentleness while the slightly intensified baby blue conveys a feeling of relaxation.

While you may not be a lover of pastels, you will be seeing them used in delightful new ways in 2016: in home decor, fashion, weddings and beauty/accessories. Let’s take a look at the impact of these colors and how you can incorporate them into your life.

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Trending Color in Nature

Pink is found in the gemstone Rose Quartz; a healing stone, thought to soothe the mind and emotions and a love stone, promoting both self-love and romantic love.

Blue is the most widely favored color and naming this shade of blue Serenity, makes so much sense. As it brings to mind sky and water, elements that give us a sense of tranquility, weightlessness and peace. Together these colors are reminiscent of coastal sunsets and desert landscapes.

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Pink and Blue Decor

Update and freshen your home or office with trending Pantone colors. If you want to bring a cool tone into your space, choose Serenity blue or warm things up with shades of Rose Quartz pink. Add accent items such as throw pillows, new bedroom linens, an occasion chair or lampshade or go big and paint your walls with one of the colors of the year.

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 Pantone Colors in Fashion

You don’t have to wait until spring is in full swing to introduce these beautiful shades into your wardrobe. Start small by brightening winter tones and neutrals with a dash of these colors in a scarf or handbag. Picture them paired with textured fabrics like suede and leather to contrast their softness. Wearing both colors together is chic, but they can also be worn separately with a rainbow of other colors.

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A Pastel Wedding

Leatrice Eisenman, Pantone’s Executive Director explained that the pretty pastel shades represent “connection and wellness”, a loving sentiment for a wedding. Selecting a color theme for a wedding is usually one of the first things a couple plans for. You can incorporate one or both of these colors in your invitations, flowers, table setting, bridal party attire and even your gown or groom’s tuxedo.

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Handcrafted Jewelry Trends

One of the many beautiful things about handcrafted jewelry is that the gemstones and beads they’re composed of come in every color imaginable. Here, the trending colors of the year, are woven into our designs with beautiful Rose Quartz and semi-precious stones in Serenity blue. These pieces will instantly embellish your outfit and update your wardrobe. At Earth and Moon Design, our one-of-a-kind jewelry items are designed to bring you unique expressions of the flair of the season.

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These delicate shades of blue and pink are not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s absolutely fine. You shouldn’t be a slave to trends, but if a color speaks to you, have fun with it. So here’s a question for you – do you like these shades and how would you use them?

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Wow, this feels like the colors that were popular in the 80s, almost country blue and pink. I haven’t paid attention to the colors of the year since I stopped selling my redone, found objects. Thanks for the reminder that color is important.

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  2. I am in the process of figuring out what to paint my office. I am making a markerboard wall and wanted to paint the wall first. I don’t think the pink would work well in my office/family room area. But the serenity blue might. Right now, I have a blue on the wall and wanted to go lighter. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

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      Sabrina Quairoli, sometimes its best to paint swatches right next to one another. Blue is a cool color & could be great for a family room. Check your wall swatch at different times of day to see the interplay of light. Have fun.

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      Appreciate your purchase. The neat thing about your wrap bracelet is that it can also be worn as a necklace. Often times you want to add layers of necklaces. Can’t wait for you to try it out Susan Mary Malone & please send a photo.

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  3. I am always interested in seeing the Pantone colors that are featured. I have to admit that I usually steer clear of them except for small accessories because so many people adopt them that they look dated pretty soon. It’s fun to know what is trending though.

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      Beth Niebuhr, These two colors have been around for years and they each have many shades to them. Seeing how they are used in fashion & furnishings changes over the years.

  4. They are lovely colors, even for a bold-primary type gal like me. The use of those colors in interior design appeals to me the most — and I love the bold “pop” I’m seeing in the accents. Good stuff!

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      I’m not a pastel gal myself but have cottoned to these two. Maybe, Jackie Harder it is seeing them used together annd I’ve seen them with other strong colors. I think Pantone made an interesting choice.

  5. Love both these colours on their own and together, Roslyn. My front hall bathroom is very close to serenity blue, although at the time it was called “Peace”. Apropos perhaps in relation to your info shared in this post. The world can definitely use a little more love and serenity and it is amazing to think that perhaps “fashion” could bring a little bit of that into our world. I couldn’t help but think that these two colours often are used to represent the feminine (pink) and masculine (blue) in very traditional ways of thinking, so how wonderful to bring them together to live harmoniously ever after. Enjoyed the post and the visuals. It is amazing how colour can impact us and how our choices become of reflection of who we are and how we choose to live.

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      Thank you for your contribution to the conversation, Beverley Golden. There is so much psychology behind color choice that we are often unaware of. I didn’t get into it in this blog, but Pantone was also making a gender neutral statement. Personally was never a fan of pinks but after this research, I got to like it.

  6. Pretty images, colors and palettes. However, I don’t wear pastels too much – but I really do love those looks. Thanks helping me put on some fresh eyes today and having another look at wearing these colors.

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      Sometimes Teresa, we get used to wearing particular colors and can’t imagine changing. I’m glad you can see yourself thru fresh eyes and give yourself an opportunity to try these colors. From what I see of your lovely face, I think you would look great in them. If you do add a pop of one of your brighter favorites & you will have a new look.

  7. Those colours really are relaxing and so beautiful – and I don’t normally like pastels that much, however, we recently repainted and blue is a feature in the bedroom. Wish I could jump on a plane and go over there to buy that beautiful Nixie wrap bracelet. One day…..

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      Tamuria, blue is such a refreshing color and a good choice for your bedroom. Cools you down so you can relax & sleep peacefully. I wish you could own a piece of our jewelry too. Why is Australia the other side of the world?

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  8. I knew that there was a fashion color selected each year, but this is a surprise to have two. They both complement each other so well. I love that you included so many different examples of those colors into your post. Whoever has been coaching you has been giving you great advice.

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      Thank you Joyce Hansen, for noticing the growth of our skills. In our field, most blogs just post images of new collections and we really want to offer corresponding content. I will make sure our coach and my partner get the acknowledgment. Our blogs are a collaborative effort.

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      Carol Rundle, pastels aren’t for everyone & that is why many were disappointed when Pantone chose not just one, but two. The more research we did, the more often we saw how many fashion & interior stylists were shifting their views on these color selections.

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  9. Somehow I’ve always loved pastels, Roslyn, and the combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity seems so apt for a 9 number year – 2016. Now to dig into my wardrobe and jewelry box to see what is missing. Thanks!

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      Nice to find a lover of pastels. There was a lot of upset in design quarters when Pantone chose them. Wish we were not separated by so much water and we could design for you if something was missing. Have fun.

  10. I love colors, these are gorgeous. It’s another reason why I love spring. After months of hiding florets and just gray and browns, all the colors come out to play.

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  11. I was initially disappointed in the colors this year… perhaps they took me back to the late 80’s and felt a little old to me? You have successfully romanticized them for me in your blog post, here! I personally like to maintain flexibility in my decor, so I won’t be making any lasting changes to these colors, but would try them in accents and accessories, but probably not together.

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      Thanks for your contribution to the conversation. We were aware of the general disappointment regarding pastels and wanted to offer options. Glad to see you will consider some usage.

  12. Wow, Roslyn, thanks for this article. I love how you weave these colors into so many different possible visual components. You inspire me. I think — I’m pretty sure — I have neither of these colors in my closet. Hmmmm….. And spring is here!

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      It is Reba Linker, and we owe it to the Exec Director of Pantone. It seems to be her philosophy that guides this decision. She looks at society and sees what it needs.

  13. Hi Rosalyn,

    I saw Pantone’s 2016 colors a while ago (I’m also an Interior Decorator), I was disappointed because I knew that I would be totally ignoring them. Well…perhaps in very small doses. You did a nice job with the various displays though 🙂

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      Thanks for your thoughts Rachel. Sometimes we have to give our initial reaction a little time to shift. I saw that as many stylists & interior decorators altered their views on the pastels.

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      What you can’t do in the house Ashley Steer, you can do for your person. We do have some lovely pieces of one-of-a-kind jewelry in pinks, shades of pink.

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  14. Hi Rosalyn,

    Wow, I had no idea a global colour authority existed. I had noticed that certain colours were more prevalent each year, so now I know what’s behind it. I tend to just go with whatever colours my heart and my inner child want to wear.

    I like how you offered different examples of how to use these colours in different aspects of life.

    Interesting post!

    Big Love,
    ~ Jenny

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  15. Love thus and was just thinking my new colours firmy brand are so strong such a contrast to these soft pastels. Maybe I will design a scarf combining these 2 colours. Love this post, thank you for sharing and reawakeningg me to pantone. Still have a devk somewhere from my textile days xx

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      There is such a difference between pastels & strong colors & as we know, Susie Cheel, bring about different energies. Glad I reminded you of Pantone & look forward to seeing the scarf.

  16. Roslyn, I love the “Tilly” the floral necklace Rose Quartz set. I like lots of different kinds of jewelry, but the Rose Quartz set goes into my “top-tier” criteria. When my husband went to select my wedding set, I didn’t want to go along because I wanted it to be a surprise. My only request was that it not be symmetrical. That was 38 years ago, & it’s still a criteria of mine for my top-tier jewelry. Also, I want my t-t jewelry to go with jeans or more formal attire. The RoseQuartz set does all of that – and I think the color helps with all that. If it were a louder color, it might not stand the test of time. I think it’s a piece that could be passed on to my granddaughter. As soon as I lose another 5 pounds, I’m ordering it as a reward for myself!

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      Joan Potter, Thank you so much for your lovely contribution to the conversation. Might I suggest, if “Tilly” calls to you, don’t wait until 5 lbs are gone, our pieces are one-of-a-kind & it has been admired with many eyes on it. And I’d love it to be owned, worn and enjoyed by a caring woman such as yourself. I love your criteria, top tier and am very flattered. This piece was made by Beth, my daughter.

  17. I love that Rose Quartz necklace set. I don’t normally wear a lot of pinks but this is so pretty and looks so fresh for Spring. The Aquamarine wrap bracelet is also very nice! They would both blend in with my more deep colors that I normally wear. I would thoroughly enjoy both of these pieces and both colors as they are very complimentary. I would also say they are both quite feminine.

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