That’s right, colors—with an s.

For the first time, Pantone has cho­sen two Colors of the Year, not just a sin­gle Color of the Year:

Rose Quartz and Serenity

Apparently, the col­ors seem to be more suit­able for fash­ion and home, as they are exact match­es to the col­or swatch­es and for­mu­las. For print and web, which of course we’ll need when show­cas­ing any­thing made with those colors—or as stand-alone graph­ic design colors—the Pantone chips and for­mu­las are approx­i­mate (clos­est match). See col­or specs at end of arti­cle.


I doubt I’ll be using Rose Quartz and Serenity much, unless some­one has a baby. Of course, to intro­duce the new­born to the world of fash­ion­able col­or, they* will paint the baby’s room in one of these, rather than stan­dard pink or blue.

*Whether he or she, “they” is now a cor­rect gram­mat­i­cal term. It’s also the Word of the Year for 2016. Read more…


To Do & To Don’t List

Okay, I admit, I did already use these Colors of the Year for the fun & func­tion­al 2016 To Do & To Don’t List. Download and print a few copies here. Also vis­it AmperArt​.com, which inspired the list (because it con­tains a fun & fab­u­lous amper­sand).

Try it. It real­ly works, if you absolute­ly DON’T no mat­ter what. Place the list wher­ev­er that “DON’T” invi­ta­tion exists: email, tv, steer­ing wheel for unnec­es­sary errands, cell phone, beach chair.

(Scratch the beach chair; that’s my recharge.)


 

Specs

Here are the specs for the Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year:

 

Rose Quartz
Graphics (clos­est match): Pantone 9281 C /​ RGB 242 221 222 /​ CMYK 0 14 9 0 /​ HEX F2DDDE
The Fashion + Home and Plastic for­mu­las are slight­ly dif­fer­ent. See here.

Serenity
Graphics (clos­est match): Pantone 7451 C /​ RGB 137 171 227 /​ CMYK 46 23 0 /​ HEX 89ABE3
The Fashion + Home and Plastic for­mu­las are slight­ly dif­fer­ent. See here.

Visit Pantone​.com for insight­ful col­or infor­ma­tion.