2016 Color Of The Year Is Rose Quartz And Serenity

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Each year, a color of the year is selected by Pantone, the global authority on color. Pantone is the de facto standard for paint and ink matching for graphic designers, interior designers and others who order printing and paint interiors for a living. Debra J Interiors, a South Florida interior design firm, manages color every day.

When I’m invited to a home for an initial consultation, I observe color on the walls, in the draperies, with accessories and accents, and with furniture. Color is a part of your personality, and the first step to being comfortable with color is to understand your design personality. I talked about helping you find your interior design style in this recent blog post.

The 2016 Color(s) of the Year

In 2015, Pantone selected Marsala, a luxurious and earthy wine red, as the color of the year. You can read below to learn more about last year’s color.

In 2016, Pantone decided to select two colors, Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 15-3919). It is the very first time that Pantone selected two colors as color of the year.

This explanation is extracted EXACTLY from the Pantone website and attributed directly to Pantone:

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

Imagine how many factors contribute to Pantone’s selection of two blended colors to become its color of the year? It’s fascinating in its explanation above that the company’s leadership considered ‘gender blur’ as a reason why Rose Quartz and Serenity were the top picks. Another observation is about consumers ‘mindfulness.’ We are seeing more attention focused on meditation, relaxation, getting additional sleep for better health, exercise for happiness, and calmness to manage stress. These two colors are calming, and Pantone obviously thought long and hard about the state of the consumer to select Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Interior Design and Color of the Year

When you hire Debra J Interiors as your South Florida interior design firm, we have long discussions about color. If you’re very trendy and want to be in line with the hot colors for the year, then we can consider Rose Quartz and Serenity to accent your home. If this color palette is not you at all and doesn’t fit your interior design style, then I absolutely recommend choosing a color scheme that makes you happy because you want to feel glamorous in your own home. No one needs to follow trends in color if these colors don’t suit them!

Color is one of the most fun aspects of interior design, and part of how I service you is to help you find your comfort zone with color and fabrics and furniture style, and more. Here’s one important tip that can also be considered my word of caution…it says ‘color of the year.’ So, that color is only good for 12 months, right? And, then Pantone is going to select another color for 2017 and 2018, and on and on. When we look at the colors that Pantone has already selected, each varies greatly from the previous one. So, if you’re interested in being very trendy in your home and you want the color of the year chosen to decorate your walls, please know that in January every year that color will be one year older and less trendy!

The 2015 Color of the Year

In 2015, Pantone, selected Marsala, Pantone 18-1438. It is a naturally robust and earthy wine red that feels so luxurious and elegant in any interior. ALT="Debra J Interiors, South Florida; use of Marsala, 2015 Color of the Year"

The color red is known to be a stimulant which accelerates heart rate, respiratory rate and brain wave activity. This is why red is the color associated with lust and love!

In most cases professional interior designers are cautious about using red in a bedroom or other rooms where you spend a lot of time. Over-stimulation with color can inhibit sleep patterns, too!

There are always exceptions to the rules, however, and when  I use red I am always careful about the hue I select. I ask about my client’s lifestyle and determine how much red I can include in the interiors I design. To balance the room in a harmonious way, I use red with other colors.


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