Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 Inspired By Gender Equality

The world’s #1 authority on colour, Pantone, has broken from tradition this year by announcing not one, but two Colours of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity. That’s baby pink and baby blue in everyone else speak.


The colours are described as “weightless and airy” by Pantone colour experts. “Like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times,” according to a release. “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”

So, what do these calming, compassionate colours mean? “It’s all about their “unilateral approach to colour coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity,” according to the release. Gender equality — we like that! But we’re just not sure that baby pink and baby blue represent it. Do you?

By contrast, the 2015 color of the year was a deep, rich Marsala.

Pantone is known for setting trends in fashion, beauty, home decor world and beyond. Major companies like Kitchen-Aid and Sephora have already announced plans to incorporate Pantone’s 2016 colours into their product line, so get ready to see a lot of pastels next spring.

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