I always find the announcement of Pantone’s colour of the year interesting from a cultural point of view, the justification of having two rather than one colour choice this year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, is particularly intriguing. At first I dismissed these pale shades outright, I’m someone who prefers bold brights and autumnal colours, but I’m suddenly feeling very torn. Here’s why.
Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.
The bringing together of warm rose and cool blue was chosen by Pantone to represent our modern urge to escape modern life, and find a more tranquil place and a greater sense of wellbeing. That definitely resonates with me, and has me wondering if I should consider making at least one room in my house a little more tranquil. Do you have any pale pinks or pale blues in your home? I read recently that blue is meant to calm and encourage creativity and I’ve been pondering introducing some.
The pairing of pink and blue, as one colour choice, is a fascinating one, Pantone explain it represents an increased ‘gender blur’ in society , a move away from typecasting, to more fluidity in colour choice. Is it time we reclaimed pink and blue, not as gender markers, but as the place the sunset meets, or the call of the morning sun over the water? It sounds so compelling.
Let me know what you think, and I will leave you with my picks at Wayfair. There is definitely a beachy feel emerging for me here. Rose Quartz and Serenity remind me of so many sunsets I have seen on holidays.
To see all these picks, check out prices and details, see my board over at Wayfair