2016 Pantone Colors of The Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

The time of year that every design geek waits for each year has come. Pantone released the color—no...wait for it—colors of the year. That's right. For the first time ever, the authority on color have chosen two colors to represent 2016:

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.

Pantone states that the two colors are "reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace." That is poetry to my ears but what is even better is the reason why the company chose the two colors. On their website, they express the background for the color choice was because "societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage." Now that is empowering and something that we can all get behind.

To honor this very special moment, I've chosen some select pins to share with you all for inspiration on incorporating these colors into your work and every day life.

I'm a fan of earth tones and neutrals so I found myself drawn to more soft and vintage uses of the colors. Rose Quartz and Serenity give that pop of color without being overbearingly loud and help to create a soothing space. Having them play with harsher lines or textured fabric brings out the beautiful dynamics of the shades. These two colors are sure to make there way into my designer toolbox over the next year. I can already picture how beautiful they will be on wedding invitation suites—totally swooning, always dreaming.

Read more about the colors of the year on Pantone's website here.