The Colours of 2016

The Pantone Colour Institute has once again announced its colour of the year, or rather colours. For the first time since Pantone launched its ‘colour of the year’ campaign back in the year 2000, Pantone has chosen two colours to lead the colour swatch choices of 2016. So what are these colours and how will they influence your customer’s decisions?

Introducing Serenity and Rose Quartz.

Aptly named, the colour Serenity is simply a shade away from baby blue. It reflects a calm and ordered state of mind and in essence is also soothing.  Rose Quartz on the other hand possesses a slightly warmer undertone and is perfectly summarised by Pantone’s Vice President Laurie Pressman, ‘Rose Quartz is a warm and embracing gentle rose tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure’.

What makes Pantone’s colour choice this year stand out against previous years is the fact that both Serenity and Rose Quartz are on the muted end of the intensity scale, creating a stark contrast from the deep copper of Marsala which was last year’s winner.

Both colours also work especially well in integrated kitchen-living spaces allowing a fluid transition from one room to another.

Though the use of the colour pink is quite controversial amongst traditional kitchen interiors, Rose Quartz can make a greater impact than a darker, bolder colour. Farrow and Ball explain how wall colours can influence the size of the room; ‘darker wall colour will bring it towards you, whereas a lighter colour creates the illusion it’s further away’  emphasising how darker bolder colour can make a kitchen look smaller than it actually is.

Serenity and Rose Quartz offer a refreshing outlook with both colours not only contributing towards inner peace and tranquility but also subtly reflecting gender neutrality, making them the ultimate colour fusion. With all this in mind, these two colours may just be the catalyst to a whole new colour trend that has only just begun.Colours of the year 2016 Rose Quartz and Pantone

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