In the now five years I've been paying attention to such things, the story is always the same. The new Pantone Color of the Year is announced, and it certainly seems like there's many more detractors than not. And this year is no different. The announcement of the 2016 duo(!) of Rose Quartz and Serenity is causing a stir once again.
It's the first time two colors have been chosen, and according to Pantone, "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." In other words, "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." Hmm.
Apparently the colors were chosen from the Top 10 Colors: Spring 2016, and I think it's interesting to see Rose Quartz and Serenity mixed among the others.
It was also intriguing to see the suggestions that Rose Quartz pairs well with Peach Echo, Serenity, and Lilac Gray, and that Serenity pairs well with Buttercup, Snorkel Blue, and Peach Echo, in addition to several other color pairings.
So the bottom line for me is this: they probably aren't what I would have chosen from the spring lineup - I confess I'm partial to Limpet Shell, Lilac Gray, and even Green Flash. But for the past several years, I've taken the opportunity to create a project with the Pantone Color of the Year, it's been an engaging odyssey, and I hope to do so again. Whether with Rose Quartz and Serenity together or separate, I'm not sure....we'll see where the new year takes us.
Just for fun, here are my Pantone projects from 2012-2015....
:: Marsala 2015 :: "Sizzling"
:: Emerald 2013 :: "An Emerald Table"
:: Tangerine Tango 2012 :: "Tangerisk"