2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz, left, and
double serving of his-and-hers cotton candy. Thatís
one way to describe this yearís much-anticipated Color
of the Year pick from the Pantone Color Institute.
the first time, the industry color authority chose not
one, but two colors ó both as soft and sweet as a
nursery: palest pink and baby blue, aka Rose Quartz and
all about the blend, declared Pantone in announcing the
pick. Choosing two hues with gender symbolism reflects
the gender blur and fluidity that is taking place in
fashion and the culture at large.
At first blush ó no pun intended ó this is a bit of
a shocker," said Keri Olson of KOR Interior Design,
St. Paul, Minn., reacting to the newly anointed duo.
"But taking a deeper look, itís telling."
Both are peaceful colors, she noted. "I think that
is something everyone would like a little more of,
was, indeed, on Pantoneís mind, according to executive
director Leatrice Eiseman in a release announcing the
pick. "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."
consumers seek "mindfulness and well-being as an
antidote to modern-day stresses," Pantone noted.
Baby-soft colors provide a welcome psychological
new color duo follows last yearís ruddy-brown Marsala,
a sharp turn after several years of bright, bold colors.
(Remember Radiant Orchid and Tangerine Tango?)
the past, the colors have been so regal and rich,"
said Renae Keller, Renae Keller Interior Design,
Minneapolis. "This [the new duo] is so serene. Itís
a nice, calming change."
easy to picture baby pink and blue showing up on cuddly
sweaters, but will these hues cross over from fashion to
furniture and interior design?
already have, according to Olson. "There was a lot
of this pink at [the recent High Point Furniture Market]
Ö so the industry is reflecting this already."
theyíre not as saccharine as they first appear.
"Both are soft subtle shades we associate with
babies, yet they have dusty undertones that make them
more interesting," Olson noted.
not too dusty. "Everybody remembers mauve from the
1980s," Keller said. "This is definitely not
mauve, which is a good thing."
Mohr of St. Paul-based Full Nest Interiors is pleased to
see a revival of rose. "It asks us to rethink the
history of the color and to use it in a fresh way,"
she said. "I love it with navy and orange or Kelly
for the blue, "itís a bit denim for me," she
said. "But Iíd have to see a swatch. If itís
more periwinkle, then Iím on board. There are so many
great textiles out there, historic and modern, that have
amazing color combos with periwinkle that just vibrate
to the eye, like coral, mint and periwinkle. So
thinks both colors will marry well with the grays and
deep browns that currently play a strong role in
contemporary color palettes. "Mixing metals with
these two colors will be fun," she said.
is the go-to authority on color trends, but many paint
companies and other industry players also make their
Color of the Year picks. Usually, these choices vary
widely, but this year, there seemed to be some consensus
that color trends are moving to the very pale end of the
spectrum. Four different paint companies chose a white
or off-white as their Color of the Year.
COLOR OF THE YEAR PICKS