2016 Colour of the Year – All Good Things Come in Pairs

In an unexpected turn of events, Pantone, the global colour authority, has declared not one but two colours for the prestigious title, colour of the year. In light of this we’re giving a warm welcome to Rose Quartz and Serenity, shades of pale pink and muted blue, respectively. They will be the ‘in vogue’ colours next year across the fashion, interior and design worlds.




Pantone say these shades were chosen to express rose warmth and tranquility. Rose Quartz is described as “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure’’. Serenity on the other hand, “is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times’’, who knew so much thought and meaning went into colours?!

We can’t help wonder, why did Pantone chose two colours? Rose Quartz could face some challenges if it stood alone. “It’s a bit too sugary for men’’, says Ray Kelvin (founder of Ted Baker). Where as when it’s put together with Serenity it creates an ideal balance, like yin and yang.




The blend reflects gender neutrality that has strengthened over the last year and is sure to carry on through 2016. Pantone explains ‘‘in many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur ‘’, the colours “coinciding with societal movement towards gender equality’’. We love this concept!



Pantone has also commissioned three street artists in Los Angeles, Miami and New York City to create murals overnight in homage to the twin colours of the moment. In this photo by artist Man One at Venice Beach, California, even the dusk sky seems to be wearing Pantone’s colours.