Celebrated for its indispensable and borderline revolutionary color matching system, it's safe to say that Pantone knows a thing or two about color.
So it's only natural that the world's foremost authority on color would also be in charge of deciding the world's annual "Color of the Year."
In 2015, we honored the sultry, earthy hue known as "Marsala," but for 2016's Color of the Year, Pantone mixed things up by choosing a blend of two different shades — "Rose Quartz" and "Serenity" (pictured at right). This marks the first time Pantone has picked two colors for the annual honor.
As color specialist and Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eisman explains: "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."
According to Pantone's announcement about the honorable hues, "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."
In celebration of these hues, we've put together a curated collection of photography inspired by the blending of Rose Quartz and Serenity.