PANTONE Colors of the Year selection for 2016 are…

Serenity (PANTONE 15-3919)

Serenity Pantone Color

Rose Quartz (PANTONE 13-1520)

Rose Quartz

They are harmonious together, to which embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz 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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Serenity and Rose Quartz for Graphic Design

Strong, yet calming, romantic yet subtle, consumers are immediately drawn to this combination, making it an enticing shade for a variety of products from food and beverage to cosmetics and accessories. With packaging becoming increasingly more tied into lifestyle color trends, the combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz is a natural fit for many kinds of packaging materials.



About the Color of the Year
The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

For 16 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:


  • 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
  • 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

The colors selected as our Pantone Color of the Year 2016 were taken from the PANTONE FASHION, HOME + INTERIORS Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design. This August, PANTONE released 210 new colors to the system. PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz are included in this collection of 210 new shades.

Source: X-Rite.

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