PANTONE – COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2016

Every year, the world’s leading experts in colour, Pantone, release their prediction of what will be trending in colour schemes.

How are the colours chosen?

Rather than a prediction, it’s more of a decision based on extensive world research which they intensively study in the year prior to the result. Pantone analyses cultures and trending inspirations to conclude what major colour will take the world by storm. Never have two colours been picked before, until this year.

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The chosen colours of 2016

Rose Quartz and Serenity are two fancy names for sophisticated interpretations of baby pink and baby blue, although some may argue. Despite the choice being made for 2016, you can see how the rose and blush pink hues have been making their way slowly into collections by looking closely and analysing 2015’s major trends.

Rose Quartz has been chosen as it exuberates warmth in a light and relaxing way. Serenity seems to be the obvious choice to compliment the colour, with a more masculine yet equally soft personality. The two colours work well together but can be used apart as well.

These two tranquil shades make a change from Pantone’s usually bold and eager colours of choice, such as Marsala, the ‘red meat’ colour of 2015, which reflects high energy and intensity.

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Where will we see these colours?

It’s actually incredible to see how much influence Pantone’s Colour of the Year has on all industries, ranging from fashion and make up to design products and interiors. Before the colour of the year goes public, Pantone has a major task of influencing marketing companies to start including the chosen colours in design products and make up packaging. Fashion designers are also given the heads up so they can include these colours in their new collections.

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Whether you love them or loathe them, Rose Quartz and Serenity are here to stay for the coming year, and just like other trends, be aware that these are seasonal and not timeless, so be clever with how you incorporate these styles into your home. Purchasing decorative items which can be easily replaced is a practical way of keeping up-to-date with the latest lines, without it costing you a fortune to change once you get bored of them!

 

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