Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Color deprived? Enter Color of the Year 2016!

via YouTube
Are you like me in the winter?  
Wishing for the bright colors of the "other three seasons"?

Winter is like a gray scale -  full of stark contrasts and subtle tones
but void of vivid colors, for the most part.
Yes, I agree that there is a sophisticated beauty in this monochromatic palette
but....
I yearn for more saturated color.
It's energizing and uplifting - sort of an instant mood changer.

So to me, this is the perfect time of year to announce the


COLOR OF THE YEAR 2016
via Pantone

Actually, for the first time EVER, Pantone chose TWO colors for 2016.


ROSE QUARTZ
and
SERENITY


Pantone is describing it as, " a softer take on color for 2016,,,a blending of two shades"

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Dir, Pantone Color Institute, explains it this way:

"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"

What do I think?  Well, I'm a little torn on this combo.  
At first glance, it seems a bit of an 80's throwback (the mauve thing...)

But I admit, the more I look at it, the more progressive it seems.
The idea of more fluid color - the melding of two opposing colors,
color movement, so to speak,
has lots of appeal.
It feels weightless, not static or heavy - poised to adjust to whatever the new year brings.


image via Kravet_Pantone


Hmmmm....
could this be a predictor of a whole new attitude for 2016?
I plan to make mine "breezy and carefree"!


I'd love to hear what you think of the new Pantone color(s)
Thumbs UP
or
DOWN?


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"







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