Pantone Color of the Year: 2016


“Make it Pink! Make it Blue!” The fairies in Sleeping Beauty couldn’t decide, and apparently, neither could Pantone. For the first time, Pantone released two colors of the year & there is much debate and controversy over their choices: Rose Quartz & Serenity.

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. (Pantone)

To be honest, I was initially very anti-Pantone upon seeing the color selection for 2016. It just seemed like baby-boy-blue and baby-girl-pink, but after a little more research into why they chose these colors and their reasoning, I started to warm up to the idea of these colors being all over the place for 2016. Pantone asserts that they chose these colors because people are looking for “reassurance and security” in our stressed-out world. I agree. These colors are stable and easy to look at. They are lovely together or as separates. I would even go as far as saying that Rose Quartz and Serenity take us back to our own childhoods, when the world was a little less scary, at least, as far as we knew.


I have to admit, I actually just started a new quilt design & my prototype actually includes both of these colors…so Pantone may have hit the nail right on the head—maybe they have all us consumers a little more figured out than we’d like to admit! I can’t show you the entire quilt quite yet, but here’s a little sneak peek!



So, after much thought, and of course, creating a Pinterest Board, I’ve decided that I am OK with Rose Quartz and Serenity for 2016. I don’t love them together, because they don’t have much, if any, contrast between the two of them. That said, I’ll take them on their own or with a little variation in the saturation! These hues make a gorgeous statement in any outfit, room, or fabric!

What do you think? Will you Make it Pink! or Make it Blue! in the coming year? How are you feeling about jumping on board with Pantone this year?

This was my Pantone Color of the Year post for 2016, make sure to see other years as well!

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