A softer approach of shades for the year 2016, as the delicate pink of Rose Quartz and the cooler tranquil blue of the Serenity are named the colours of the year by Pantone. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier and more inspired!
Each year, Pantone’s colour experts dedicate themselves in searching the world for social color snapshots that serve as expressions of a mood and an attitude. These soft hues actually have a deeper significance & connotation to our lives.
They have found that consumers are seeking mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses. Consequently, they’re welcoming the fusion of colours that psychologically fulfill a yearning for reassurance and security.
“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 chaotic times.”
The Gender Neutrality
The choice also demonstrates the social progress of gender equality. Historically, pink was associated with femininity, and blue with masculinity. With the open exchange of digital information, this generation has opened their eyes to different approaches to colour usage as a form of expression and are less concerned about being judged. Thus gender neutrality has strengthened over the year and will be carried through 2016 and beyond.
Pantones’ colours of the year have been spotted in various shapes and forms of art and design, from Chanel's Haute Couture Spring 2016 Collection, to the architectural design of Brunei's own Empire Hotel.
These colours resonate to me deeply, because I too am looking for a sense of balance in my own version of a chaotic lifestyle. At the same time, creatively, I am attracted to this combination of rose quartz and serenity.
Stay Tuned for my lookbook inspired by these colours.