Pantone has introduced dual colours of the year for 2016, but you could be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of birth announcement for newly arrived twins…..a girl and a boy, no less.
The chosen colours, ‘Rose Quartz’, a warm embracing rosey pink, along with ‘Serenity’, a cooler, tranquil blue, strike a fine balance and the pairing brings calm and relaxation. Believe it or not but this is the first year that Pantone has not chosen a singular colour tone and this years colours provide an refreshing change of pace from the rich Autumnal tone of last years Marsala, and the vibrancy of the colour choices for approximately 5 years proceeding that.
At a time where the world seems to be paying less attention to gender roles and stereotypes, with more androgynous high fashion models gracing the catwalk, and Bruce Jenner openly transitioning to become a woman, perhaps Pantone felt it a fitting time to reinvigorate these two colours, pushing the boundaries of their uses. Home furnishings that have a place outside of the nursery, pastel toned chalk paints, make up and nail varnish lines have all already seen an increase in their popularity and applications.
In terms of flowers, soft blush pink tones are always at the height of popularity. They are a classic bridal choice, soft and feminine. Blue flowers are not as readily available; many tones sit closer to a mauve or purple than a blue, or unfortunately have been artificially dyed to achieve a true blue, however within the small selection of dusty blue toned blooms there are some stellar choices. We have compiled a selection of some of your choices below which fit the Pantone Colour palette for the year. Here we hope to give you some inspiration on how you can incorporate this years colours into your world, whether you have an upcoming wedding, or you are redecorating, or you simply want to update your wardrobe.
Walking past the shop windows, I can see Pantone’s influence has spread far and wide. I tried to point out the display of shirts in the window of Jeanswest to my husband suggesting he might like to try a new colour (read: Pink). His response? He just rolled his eyes. I think it may be a little harder to convince the men in our lives that a soft rosy pink needs to be worn or featured in our homes this year. They will be less defensive to the blue of course, but hey, it’s worth a try 😉
Til next time,