15 times pantone proved that sometimes more is more: How will you rock the Rose-Quartz & Serenity trend?

The possibilities and beauties of new year’s mood.

Mood of the post: Kings of convenience, the amazing duo from Norway with Ms Cold (Eternity, is that you?).

For the first time in its history, since the yearly selection began in 2000, Pantone chose not one, but two Colors of the Year for 2016. Meet Rose Quartz and Serenity:

By Pantone Institute of Color

It actually means that more than two colors were elected, right? If we think that the union of both create infinite hues! And these tones will, as every year and now more than ever, dictate the mood and inspire the design, fashion, cosmetic and interior design worlds.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on september’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar

Pantone Color of the Year‘s selection process seems to have been done on the other way around. Apparently they focused on what everyone should be leaving behind – what happened in 2015 stays in 2015! Kicking of the new cycle in a softer note.  And to hope for a new year that is just around the corner.

From fancyfarmgirls.blogspot.com

I kept paying attention on what people are saying these days – when the countdown for the end of another year begins. And with it, the year’s retrospectives and the inevitable last-12-months-balance. It’s clear that this year wasn’t just tough for the terrorism victims, or the natural disasters ones, neither the Syrian refugees. It was as well (in different level perhaps) tough for me, for you, and for most.

J. K. Simmons in W Magazine


Pantone’s choice for 2016 is clearly a counterpoint for the 2015’s dark red Marsala. In the video produced by the company to announce Rose Quartz and Serenity, 2015 is pictured as busy, intense, and more social-media oriented than ever. Check it out:

So next year’s shades are all about:

Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad


Vionnet Spring 2016 collection

Balance – Besides being two apparent different colors, and seeming almost the opposite of one another, the lightness in each tone is equal.

Spring design by Carolina Herrera

Calming – No doubts of how these two colors, either separately or joined, positively affect our mood.

A toast-maker from Smeg

Wellness – A growing trend. The ideas of self-care, healthy eating and environmental consciousness all are easily reflected by Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Nike on Rose Quartz and Serenity shades

Compatible – An easy duo. Mix-and-matching had never been easier.

From House of Turquoise

Duality – And here we got to the main reason why Pantone chose for 2016 two colors, instead of one.  According to Pantone:

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.

From Marie Claire

And last:

Tranquility – An antidote to modern-day stress? Welcoming colors all around us!

From Gosto Disso Blog

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.

Vintage phone


Am I to be blamed for wanting to paint a bit of Rose Quartz here, and a bit of Serenity there?

From KitchenAid

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


And as every year, Pantone releases a color pallet that can be used very well with the chosen star color(s). You can find it here.

Pillow from Etsy

Spring 2016: A Transporting and Transformative Canvas

Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.

Faceted lamp from Urban Outfitters


Spring! Rose Quartz and Serenity already smell like flowers to me. <3


Wedding invitation

All quotes by Pantone Color Institute.

By Tatiana Bastos.

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Tatiana Bastos

Born and raised in Brasil, studied advertisement at Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo. But from a small child knew to be taken head over feet by fine arts, illustration and photography. For that reason, studied at Panamericana School of Art and Design, also in Brazil, and then ventured to study at The Art Students League of New York, in Manhattan. After years of travels, decided to be based for half of the year on an inspiring island at the center of the blue aegean sea, in Greece, and the other half of the year on electric Berlin, Germany. Still a world traveller, healthy eater, art lover, diy do-er.

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