The 2016 Pantone COLOURS of the year

Each year, those in the design industry – including florists, milliners, fashion designers and more – eagerly await the reveal of something that will inform the look and feel of the year ahead. It is of course the Pantone Colour of the Year.

For 2016, the company created a first: the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity – for the Pantone Colour of the Year.

Pantone explains that as a society we’re searching for mindfulness, connection and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses. Thus, they’ve carefully selected these pastel tones as they psychologically create a sense of reassurance and security.

The selection of two colours this year is also a recognition of societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, with consumers using colour as a form of expression.

Both colours are soft and gentle, with Rose Quartz conveying compassion and Serenity embodying calm. Together they can be seen as a ‘yin and yang’: energy and rest; hope and peace, and a reflection of many natural environments such as sunsets and oceans.

Take a look below at some of our favourite images that capture the essence of the 2016 Pantone Colour of the Year…

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