Pantone Names Two Colors Of The Year, Shocks Everyone!

For the first time ever, Pantone just chose not one, but TWO beautiful colors as 2016’s Color of the Year!

In previous years, color authority Pantone has always chosen a color of the year as a way to predict trends — basically the color that will be on everyone’s walls and clothes.

Pantone Color of the Year

2015’s Color of the Year was the earthy wine red “Marsala” — a moody, naturally dramatic hue, fitting for the chic post-grunge trend that made a comeback this year!

Marsala Pantone

Next year not only sees a shift from neutral shades to more ethereal pastels, but a shift in gender perception, as well! Say hello to Rose Quartz and Serenity, aka Pantone 13-1520 and Pantone 15-3919!

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Rose Quartz, as described by Pantone, is “is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”, while Serenity is “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

So why the decision to pick two colors instead of the usual one? According to Pantone,

“The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with 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.”

Basically… it’s a way to challenge traditional views on color and gender! Because in 2016, little boys can definitely rock pink too like it’s no one’s business.

And now that strobing in makeup is officially in, we’re predicting a lot of celestial themes for 2016: think goddesses, fairies, and angels for next year.

Everyone, Rose Quartz and Serenity are the future!

Pantone’s 2016 picks: Yay or Nay?