2016 Jan 14
by Akansha Naraindas
Yes it is that time of the year again, interior decorator nerds and designers excitedly wait for Pantone to release its annual colour designated to be the most utilized through the entirety of the year. This paves way for much inspiration, colour and fashion trends for designers everywhere. But what is it this year?
This year we see a softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year.
“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”
- Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute
But how easy is it to incorporate these very colors into our everyday lives in order to keep up with the trends?
Quite honestly, in my opinion the colors are versatile enough; Far superseding that of 2015 which was “Marsala”. A challenging color to pull off and quite unflattering on certain skin tones.
Cushion covers are making a comeback this year, and what better way to celebrate the trend than by incorporating splashes of rose or blue on cushion covers which are easy to switch up and are usually in plain sight. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. What better colors to have in your home?
The colors have already caught on to the fashion scene with many new collections incorporating the gentle colors with ease. he secret to mastering Pantone’s Color of the Year combo, blush Rose Quartz and light blue Serenity? Seek out items to make your own combination of the solid tones, rather than trying to find an item with both shades in it. “You don’t necessarily have to find one piece with both colors in it,” saysInStyle Senior Style Editor Ali Pew. “Instead, mix and match items to create the same effect.”
In addition, select tailored silhouettes and rich textures to counter the delicate hues’ sugary sweetness. “Silk fabrics make these two tones look really sophisticated,” adds Pew, who suggests pairing a baby blue button-down with pale pink trousers for a “supremely elegant” and feminine look.
This may emerge quite a challenge due to pastels in makeup being an “acquired taste” however, one needn’t feel the need to try pastel yellows or lilacs and may even stick to a pastel pink blush. The colors are effective in giving an overall effeminate feel to any look. Baby pinks and peaches are especially useful in bringing out a youthful glow.
Not want to bother too much about the trend yet still want to join the bandwagon? Opt for small changes like a mobile phone case or a mug, the miniscule changes are enough to get you excited for the color without making a dent in your bank account. The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. Making it versatile for both genders equally, providing a synthesis.