When Pantone released its 2016 Colors of the Year, there was a touch of a collective sigh of relief among many designers we know. “Thank goodness it’s not another year of jewel tones!” And there was also a bit of celebrating. For the first time ever, Pantone had released a paired set of colors for the year rather than a single Pantone shade. That leads to so many style points that could pair the two colors, which, surprisingly, are a modernized play on traditional pink and blue.
Serenity Blue is a weightless and airy blue with cool tones, while Rose Quartz is a warm pink with gentle and delicate emotive qualities.
Choosing the Colors: Embrace Finding Peace in a Stressful World
We can’t describe why these two colors are so relevant, in fact possibly essential, to the zeitgeist of 2016 better than Pantone did in its own press release:
“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. 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.”
We could not agree more. Take a moment to calculate the number of stress impacts that you encounter on a daily basis. We suspect that it won’t take you more than a minute to have added them up beyond what you can count on your own body extremities! In such a stressful climate, both globally and with the demands of economic and social commitments, any opportunity to find centering and a moment of peace. If that manifests itself in your accessory choices, that’s not a bad thing! In fact, it’s a purposeful use of style.
Pairing the Colors of the Year
Naturally, it may go without saying that you are unlikely to parade out of the house in an ensemble made entirely of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue (though we applaud your boldness if you do). It may not seem immediately obvious, but the colors actually pair well with colors that are likely already in your collection: deep browns and mid-tone green and purples. For an easy-to-use reference guide, you can follow Pantone’s own color pairing visual guide below.
From the Jan Leslie Collection
Serenity Blue has been a calming iconic color of the Jan Leslie collection for several seasons. Jan works in multiple finishes with this color, including rich, pigmented enamels, blue mother-of-pearl and rich blue lapis. Jan Leslie Serenity Blue cufflinks range from intricately detailed koi fish and turtles to understated square buttons that feel as though they’re actually dripping with color. Our featured selection, however, isn’t from the cufflink collection but rather from Jan’s contemporary line of unisex bracelets. Our Indonesian Bead Bracelet with Skull Accent is available in soothing but brilliant Serenity Blue with gold-tone skull bead accent. It’s the perfect way to add the color of the year to any look with a casual feel that’s on-trend in multiple ways.
The delicate shade of Rose Quartz is also represented in the Jan Leslie collection. Using glossed English Enamels Rose Quartz pink is the feature color in our Florentine pattern button cufflinks. And for women, the Jan Leslie Rose Quartz hand-carved pendant imbues tranquility while also adding a delicate style detail.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to incorporate the 2016 into our collections and style tips. Because as much as we love jewel tones, we’re embracing a softer side with unmatched enthusiasm.