Pantone, the international colorists, announced the Color of the Year 2016 last week. In a departure from previous form, the “color of the year” is actually two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Let’s invest a bit of time in this space to investigate the downstream impact that the announced colors have and then suggest a natural stone or ceramic tile to pair them with.

Color of the 2016

via WSJ

On first glance at the color values I was struck with three Rorschach-like thoughts. First, “How do we say pastel?” Second, “Where are Crockett and Tubbs and the rest of the Miami Vice crew?” Third, “Who had the boy/girl twins?”

Nevertheless, they are here to stay, so why not hear from Ms. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute. Speaking in the Wall Street Journal, she said, “Rose quartz is not baby pink, it doesn’t have that wimpy feel.” OK, fair enough. Then Ms. Eiseman offered that “from a business perspective, it’s two colors, so it’s an opportunity to make extra combinations.” It is also her thought that because these colors are so often seen together why not officially unite them from the Pantone perspective.

Perhaps the most fun aspect of the annual announcement is observing the “downstream” effect that it has on color application in paints, appliances, fabrics, and so forth. There are so many roads that these twins (yes, I went there) can go down together and separately that looking back on this in eight months might be revelatory indeed.

As an American purveyor of natural stone, Materials Marketing is somewhat compelled to offer “pairing with Pantone”-type suggestions. Take a look at Pietra Serena above as a fairly easy cool gray that will certainly work. Then below is a classic white ceramic tile that will succeed in most design plans where Rose Quartz and Serenity are also in play.

In conclusion, Materials Marketing is very happy to offer ten showrooms across the U.S. for your collaborative use. Come one, come all, and explore Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 together. All the best and thanks for reading.