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A Behind The Scenes Look At The New PANTONE® Colors

Seasonal changes appear not only in weather patterns, but in colors!  Caren Hackman gives our readers some background on the two newest Pantone® Colors (usually there is only one) in this article.  Beyond jewelry and fashion, you will begin seeing the influences of these hues in home decor, housewares, furniture and more.  The Rickie Report introduces you to “Rose Quartz”and “Serenity”.  





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“Pantone® Colors of the Year”




When I first saw the Pantone® colors of the year, I admit to being puzzled. Usually there is only one “Pantone® Color of the Year.” The two colors chosen this year – soft pink and pale blue – remind me of many of the baby showers I’d attended. I was intrigued by the company’s choices and decided to look into the process and reasoning that led to this decision.








Quoting from their website: “Pantone LLC, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.”



They really are all that! The Pantone® Matching System (PMS) is used in printing worldwide. The color of the year choices influence fashion, interior design, industrial design and ultimately advertising.





Pantone® is not discussing the baby colors. The company defends this years’ colors of the year as conveying rosy warmth and tranquility.  “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.” stated Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.





The Wall Street Journal quoted fashion designer Carolina Herrera as saying she is now in her “rose period. Designer Leanne Marshall (winner in season 5 of Project Runway) used a great deal of rose/blue in her ready to wear collection.




The announcement on Pantone’s site reads:  “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. A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”



Reviewing these statements from Pantone®, the color choices for 2016 seem so much more than a just fashion statement!





Sources: December 2, 2015, Why Pantone Released Two 2016 Colors of the Year





For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice:

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.





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