pantone rose quartz and serenity

It’s basically a proven fact that colors can affect mood.  Some colors are considered stimulating, some soothing, some cool, some warm.

If you think about it, color really determines message.  A room painted bright yellow is very different from that same room painted pale cream.  A skin-tight dress in navy blue conveys a very different message than that same dress in bright red.  A guy wearing a purple suit is telling you a different story than a guy wearing a charcoal suit.  Color matters.  

Pantone is basically the world authority on color.  Each year they release their annual Color of the Year: “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude”.

In 2016, Pantone introduced dual colors of the year for the first time: Rose Quartz and Serenity.  A little yin-yang color option, apparently, with the following explanation:

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 turbulent times.


I like them, I think, but I don’t love them.  Pale pastel colors aren’t usually my jam. 

Pantone also releases seasonal color palettes that I love.  Here’s Spring 2016:

pantone 2016

I definitely need more Snorkel Blue and Green Flash in my life.  Also, I don’t know whose job it is to name the Pantone colors (or nail polishes, actually)…but I would like that job.  Unfortunately it’s not listed as an available career opportunity on their website (I checked).  

These colors palettes absolutely influence fashion, design, and art.  Plus they’re fun!

I steer toward jewel tones in fashion and neutrals in home decor, but I cannot resist a really rich red anything

What are your favorite colors?  (And here’s what your favorite color says about you!

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