For the first time Pantone, THE “go to” designer colour chart, has introduced two shades as colour of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. And I’m loving them both!
Just gazing out into the sunset of last nights dusk sky, it struck me that the tones I was dreamily in awe of, are the colours of the year.
Nature never does things by halves, especially when it comes to the colour palette of life.
And these two certainly don’t disappoint.
“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 blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
Where last years shade, the rich spicy tone of Marsala was a slow burn for me, I have embraced these calming tones immediately.
Colour is certainly all about personal preference in my eyes. We all gravitate to different hues, and quite often that reflects what suits us as people.
Why do particular colours speak so strongly to the individual?
Any shade of blue moves me greatly and always has done. In a dress like this and of this colour I would feel as if I was floating on a cloud!
When I was a little girl and my parents painted my wardrobe doors a colour that today I would describe as “red pepper”, which was a great shade looking back, I could not wait to change it!
I pestered and pestered until they were painted a calming shade of cobalt blue, keep in mind I was about 6 at the time.
From a young age I have had a strong opinion on colour, and quite a few other things!
Paul Cezanne is one of my favourite artists.
His use of all hues of blues made him just that, not just his subjects.
I enjoy strong colours in the right context, Navy being a favourite, but Marsala was tough for me to warm to.
Those strong shades tend to polarise people, as it did me but I finally came round in the end.
Now here we are in 2016 and we have two hues of a very different outlook.
Says Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute Leatrice Eiseman, “… 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.”
I’d have to agree, whether in soft or hard surfaces, matt, metallic or glossy, these shades work.
They blend beautifully with most other colours especially browns and greys.
Can’t wait to see the trickle of these colours in fashion, for both homewares and clothing.
It should be exciting, creating a relaxing environment in the home and very flattering tones to the face. as I’ve always said, everyone has a shade of pink that works for them, especially men.
J’Adore men in pink!
So will you be embracing the delicate shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity?
They’re wonderful, I know I will.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016