Pantone's 2016 Board: Rosy Serenity

20 Sep 2016

Prior to 2016, Pantone announced the colour of the year. For anyone who have no idea, Pantone pick a certain colour and announce it as the "colour of the year" annually. However, 2016 marks the first time for Pantone to declare two colours for the year . Yes, two — rose quartz, a warm soft pastel pink and serenity, a cool dusty pastel blue that reminds me of periwinkle and cornflower blues combined but lighter. In contrast to previous bolder and vibrant picks, Pantone has 2016 drawn into a softer, more elegant and sophisticated take. As a fan of pastel and soft colours, I really love them and have been making my way into collecting several findings found on the interweb.

Colour is a subjective topic. To me, the combination gives off a soothing, relaxing vibe. I was never a huge fan of bolt and hot pinks but softer shades of pink? They're alright. As a graphics designer, I also lean more towards softer pinks as opposed to bold ones. For me, pastel colours — especially the likes of rose and lilacs — are gentle, sophisticated and adorable and Pantone colors are definitely my favorite to work with when it comes to print design. Pantone states that the balance between these two colours are to bring the "inherent balance" of "connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

Regardless, I think they are pretty and remind me of the color scheme from Wes Anderson's movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" even though that may sound so random.

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Sweatshirt / Blouse: Uniqlo / Bag: Dogdog / Nike shoes: BSTN / Headphone: Urbanears / Eyeshadow: Colourpop "Taco" / Nail Polish: Essie "Saltwater Happy" / Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day in Periwinkle / Eyeshadow Crayon: Bobbi Brown Long-wear cream shadow stick "Iced Blue"

Lipgloss: Mac Lipglass "Angel" / Blush: Tonymoly / Eyeshadow: Colourpop "Bubbly" / Shoes: Dogdog / Keyboard: Filco / Nail Polish: Essie "Romper Room" / Shirt: Dogdog / Sweatshirt: Dogdog

images via Sephora

Sephora actually collaborated with Pantone to create the 2016 lineup "Sephora + Pantone Universe" consisting of an eyeshadow palette, a set of lip gloss and two lipsticks all in watercolour pastel shades. I really love the packaging, especially their lipgloss collection but the shades are not something I'd use. Still, it's a unique collection to commemorate the event.

Beautezine wrote a good review on this collection, which can be viewed here.

Home Decor

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And I wish these were (or are) real...

Zkay Yong, a graphics designer based in Singapore, designed a concept for the Nike Air Force 1 Low by rendering and painting it in rose quartz, serenity and a half-half version.

*breathes* Why, won't you look at those beautiful pairs of shoes!?

It's sad that these were not a real thing. It would have been awesome if they were, just like how Sephora turned Pantone's colour of the year into reality. I don't know why Nike didn't do this for real because ombre colored shoes can be really cool if the colors are done properly.

Overall, I really am digging into this year's Pantone pick. I also plan to make this post an annual staple in which I will curate things based on Pantone's colour of the year. I have also decided to call this column "Flavored Milk" because it will be a post that talks about colours other than white — unless of course, Pantone's colour of the year is anything from the white shades family.

On a completely different note, I decided to go with my real name now — which is Elisa — on the internet instead of an alias since there are a lot of Alice on the internet already. But of course, do call me whatever feels familiar — Elise, Alice, whatever... I don't really care. It's just that I'd use my real name now to comment on blog posts. It'd be nice if I can have my name edited on your blogroll page (if my blog is listed, that is) however, it's all completely up to you. No pressure or anything! 


What do you think of this year's Pantone pick? Do you like rose quartz and serenity or do you prefer bold, vibrant colours instead? Do you see yourself collecting items or decorating anything using rose quartz, serenity or even both?


  1. I find these colours to be so... yummy. And I am looking forward to when you write about future Pantone colours of the year, because there is so much inspiration around it. Serenity is pretty close to the colour we chose for our wedding ;) (dark cornflower blue, that is. hush hush ;)).

    I hate the colour pink but recently I have liked buying pink things like pink notebooks or pens. I just really don’t consider any shade of pink very nice. I don’t like painting my nails pink either. But when pink is teamed with another colour... it’s sometimes so beautiful! So I agree with you. Pale pinks are really nice, but I do have a very pale pink top that looks like shit on me. :P Actually I have a blue one in the same style and it looks like Serenity ?

  2. I wonder how they choose the "color of the year"! It would be interesting to read about their process. I find that softer colors do have that sophisticated and elegant feel to them. It's interesting how people use color in their day to day lives. I also like all the inspirations and images and moodboards you have up for the colors of the year.

    I think it would be an interesting challenge to yourself to try and incorporate Pantone's color of the year into your designs.

  3. Ayeeee, I am LOVING your eye for design. I rather have your skills (let's switch?)

    I love the two colors! They mix together pretty well and YAY, PASTEL!!!! Pastel is always love. I need to look more into Pantone colors because it seems like they got their color scheme right! Both colors are actually really nice, I don't know which one I like more!

    Loving this new column! I'll go edit your name on my blogroll. HI ELISA :D :D :D

  4. Lol my eye for design isn't THAT good though. what are you saying :))

    Pantone is generally ideal for prints but when designing something in digital, i tend to pick pantone colors since they're a lot better than the normal RGB ones.

    shuuuush, don't call out my name like that. it still feels weird using my real name online :P

  5. I swear these two colors are my favorite. They look so cute separate and together. I like bold colors but I consider that you always have to have balance. Also, I am a big fan of pastel colors. Right now I've grown to like pastel yellow (even though I hated yellow my whole life).

  6. I really like those two colors! I agree with you that the pastel tones are so soothing and relaxing. I especially like how the two tones look together. I don't use pink very often, but I do like the look of softer pink colors.

    I liked looking at the two style boards too! The shirts on both colors are so cute, and I love that Dogdog bag. If those ombre shoes were real, I'd probably buy them!

  7. Hello there Elisa. I'm a new reader of your blog and was intrigued when you said you're into tech. I'm just starting out to love tech and was looking around for fun blogs to follow, and I found you!

    Anyway, totally LOVE the color of the year ! Pastel hues are my favorites and if I could, I would decorate my whole house in the rose quartz and serenity hue.. Tooooo pretty !

    For my own wedding I tried to get the pastel hue of tiffany blue...? I'm not too sure but I got turquoise instead :( booo.. Not too bad I guess..

    Oh yeah, I came across your blog from Nancy @ though I haven't dropped her any messages yet.. :S

  8. hello, thank you for dropping by :D

    I understand that struggle with tiffany blue! Most people often misinterpret tiffany blue as turquoise because they look so alike. i think it's because both belong to the cyan family that people think they're identical. some even misinterpret tiffany blue as aqua :P

  9. I'm such a sucker for pretty pastel colors, so I'm totally digging this year's Pantone picks <3 Especially that rose quartz, it's such a pretty pink! I'm not sure how I feel about the pink x blue combo though, but maybe it'll grow on me.

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