Introducing Rose Quartz and Serenity
Originally published in Livingspace magazine
A pink-streaked sunset sky. Warmth and tranquillity. Pillowy clouds of candyfloss ... that’s what Pantone’s Color of the Year is made of. Or, should we say, colours of the year. But the experts are quite emphatic about the fact that they haven’t struggled to decide on a winner – nope, they intentionally chose these two shades based on their sublime interaction.
What is Pantone?
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Color of the Year is decided upon by a conclave of style arbiters in a high-rise somewhere, sighing over swatches. Actually, Pantone is an international company that provides colour reproduction standards to the print, fashion and textile industries.
With Pantone’s Matching System, printers and manufacturers of everything from paint to plastic ensure their colours match exactly, no matter where they are in the world. The CMYK process your home printer uses is an example of a colour reproduction standard, but for most Pantone colours, 14 pigments (rather than just those four) are used.
Keep calm and...
Traditionally, Pantone’s colour is connected to the zeitgeist of that year – for example, 2002’s patriotic True Red was a definite reaction by this New Jersey company to the 9/11 attacks of 2001.
This year, the selection is a soothing affair, guided by consumers’ search for calm and mindfulness in a stressful world. ‘Airy and weightless, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite, even in turbulent times,’ says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. ‘Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys composure.’
‘Duality’ and ‘compatibility’ are another two watchwords of this year’s colour selection. Notions of gender equality and fluidity are inherent in the meeting and melding of the traditionally binary shades of pink and blue. Certainly on runways, Pantone expects to see its 2016 heroes forwarding a more androgynous approach to fashion.
Your world of colour
Whether or not you buy into Pantone’s political spiel, stay on-trend by bringing Rose Quartz and Serenity into your home. The emphasis here is on creating a tranquil pause from the world. Pantone recommends these hues for rugs, upholstery and paint, coupling solid colours with patterns and bringing in texture. With finishes, opt for translucent, matt or shiny metallic.