January 14, 2016

2016 Pantone’s “Color of the Year"… Is-Are

Get ready, set, and go - for a year of pale pink and baby blue.

After 15 years of picking mostly vibrant and jewel-tone shades, Pantone Color Institute may have surprised consumers with its selection of Rose Quartz and Serenity as its 2016 “Colors of the Year,” the first time the fashion and furnishings forecaster has chosen more than one hue for its annual honor.

Move over, neon brights and saturated tones. We’re entering a pastel phase.  At least, that’s the color forecast for 2016.

Just to make things complicated, major paint manufacturers have now declared their own hip, trendy colors. And, they are not these.

In a few weeks, if you are inclined to notice (and not everyone does), look around, listen to your clients then see if Pantone leads the color trend for 2016. 

Nancy Berg on the cover of the May 1953 issue of Vogue.
Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld/Getty Images.

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