Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

It’s a Boy…It’s a Girl…They’re Twins!

The 2016 Pantone Color of the Year award goes to… Color informs our senses and can evoke emotions in us in subtle (or sometimes overt) ways. For 2016, Pantone [supplier of color measurement hardware and software], has picked two colors this year. It is the first time more than one color has received the honor, and we think they have chosen very well.

Pantone Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz, 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Serenity
Serenity, 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Rose Quartz and Serenity are on the softer side of color, in a color-space commonly referred to as pastel. Pastels, due to their subtlety, can be used in a variety of applications. They can range from the focus color in a design to an accent color at the edge of consciousness. Pastels have an amazing ability to inspire without being “in your face” bold.

For 2016, pairing a red with a blue may seem counter-intuitive and ill fated. Typically blues and reds are bold and opposed. Turn them toward pastel, however, and we think you’ll agree they make an excellent pair. It isn’t a bold statement with grand contrast, but instead a subtle reminder that not everything needs stand out. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice in a design that brings the most attention.


If you’re interested in changing things up in your space but have been afraid of color in the past, let Ida York Design Group help you see that color can be your ally. Give us a call at 503-688-9499 or email us at

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