Pantone 2016 – Was it really colour of the year?

After reading a little article on ‘Stuff’ a few weeks ago, I was intrigued to know that a lot of effort and research goes into launching a colour prediction. Almost two years of following market research and pop culture trends allow experts to forecast what colour will filter through the design networks in the coming seasons.

As Pantone put it: ‘everything impacts colour‘ – BUT just how accurate was the forecast for 2016?

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

 

In September 2015, Pantone shocked the design world by selecting two colours of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

“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” – Pantone

 

Throughout the year, we’ve seen a a great deal of one of these colours, Rose Quartz: a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

The pastel pink colour has been combined with shades of metallic golds and coppers to bring out tones of rose-gold:

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Boras Tapeter – Vertigo | Distributed in NZ by Icon Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Priya/Modul – Lohko Wallpaper by Scion | Distributed in NZ by Malcolm Fabrics

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Pagoda Collection by Blendworth Fabrics | Distributed in NZ by Malcolm Fabrics

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Arne, Scandinavian Designers II by BorasTapeter | Distributed in NZ by Icon Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Elitis Accessories | Distributed in NZ by Seneca Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Tatiana by ROMO | Distributed in NZ by Seneca Textiles

Rose Quartz has also been teamed with white as a colour combination, to bring out the soft pastel side:

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Elitis Accessories | Distributed in NZ by Seneca Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Resene ‘Sweet Spot’ | Photo credit: ShopStyle.com

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Pink & White Wallpaper Mural | Photo credit: http://www.muralswallpaper.com

Mural Wallpapers available through Mr Perswall Wallpaper | Distributed in NZ by Icon Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Vida Como | Distributed in New Zealand by Seneca Textiles

Celebrities are also endorsing the shade, as it moves through fashion design with the same speed it is moving through interiors:

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

What we haven’t seen as much of this year, is Serenity:  weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

Blue tones we have seen are much clearer, and evoke feelings of ‘spring’ and ‘fresh’ interiors:

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Standing Ovation Wallpaper| Distributed in NZ by Malcolm Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Designers Guild Collection Spring/Summer 2016 | Distributed in NZ by Icon Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Pavilion Garden by Nina Campbell | Distributed in NZ by Seneca Textiles

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Rugs by Harlequin | Distributed in NZ by Malcolm Fabrics

While there are some shades of blue that reflect the warmer side of Serenity, it has not been as popular as it’s rival colour – Rose.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

Warm shades of blue paired with darker tones to cool them down – the warmth is not shared with pastel pink. Photo Credit: Villa Nova/Bloomingville

So it appears that Pantone were half-way there with their 2016 estimates. Although, if you go back to their original forecast – the idea was to use the two colours in symphony:

“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.”

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design

A combination of the colours together provide a unique tranquil and relaxed feeling.

So there we go! A little birdie also told me that Kale was the pick for Pantone Fashion 2017…… watch this space!

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Colour Trends for Interior Design