Pantone Announces 2016 Color(s) of the Year
Last Thursday, Pantone announced their 2016 Color of the Year. This year’s announcement broke the mold and contained a nice surprise for designers and color enthusiasts, when for the first time in the color authority’s history, Pantone recognized two colors for their cultural impact and significance:
Rose Quartz and Serenity represent a “softer take on color for 2016”. Compared to Pantone’s previous rich, vivid color choices, Marsala and Radiant Orchid, this year’s dual tones reflect a sense of mindfulness and connection.
Rose Quartz and Serenity beautifully embody these themes, as Rose Quartz’s warm and embracing tones contrast the cooler, more tranquil Serenity to create a sense of balance and order.
Pantone’s Color of the Year reflects prevailing contemporary cultural moods and attitudes. Whatever color Pantone recognizes, it inevitably pervades color palettes in every discipline of design, from fashion design to interior decoration to graphic design.
Graphic designers can incorporate Pantone’s Colors of the Year into their projects using these papers and card stocks in similar colors:
Rose Quartz and Serenity pair well with a number of shades. Try incorporating these tones into your color palettes:
Green adds an earthy touch to your designs.
Lentil Sprout (16-0550)
Brown adds warmth and depth to this year’s light, airy tones.
Metallic Russet (18-1235)
Frosted Almond (13-1012)
Add a sunny feeling to your designs using bright yellow.
Metallic Cream Gold (13-0739)
Silver adds glitz and glamor to these calming shades.
Puritan Gray (15-4702)
Volcanic Glass (18-3906)
Granite Gray (18-5204)
Silver Gray (14-0000)
Complement the lightness of Rose Quartz and Serenity using bright, punchy shades like purple, hot pink, orange, or blue.
Peach Quartz (13-1125)
Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year are calming but warm and inviting. Their pastel departure from last year’s rich Marsala presents designers with a unique opportunity to incorporate a sense of vibrant airiness into their designs without over- or underwhelming their readers.
Read the full story behind Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year.