I'm usually right on the ball to announce Pantone's newest color of the year, but I got sidetracked with the move and missed the mark. At this point, it's old news... but I'll announce it again anyway: The Pantone Color of the Year is... two colors! Yes, that's right! For the first time ever, there are two colors! 2016 will be represented by Rose Quartz and Serenity!
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said, "Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose one and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."
The Pantone report also goes on to say that the choice to pick two colors is actually commentary on shifting gender roles and how society is moving toward gender equality. They are blending colors that are traditionally associated with feminine and masculine roles, showing the blur of modernity.
It is also stressed that the colors were chosen out of necessity. In the midst of devastating current events, it is more important than ever to find a sanctuary in color to relax and sooth our battered spirits.
I'm quite pleased with the choices and the meaning behind their selections.
I scoured Pinterest and collaged together some images that represent the new Colors of the Year: