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Introducing the Pantone colour(s) of the year 2016

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year, time for new beginnings, a time to look forward to the year ahead. And since what we mainly think about here at Kettlewell is colour, today we’re going to look forward to colour, with the help of Pantone’s 2016 colour of the year.

Before we look at the new colour, it’s worth thinking about the effect that Pantone’s colour selection has on our lives. The 2015 colour, Marsala, was reflected in trends in fashion, interiors, make up, wedding themes and even cutlery.


Suffice it to say, Marsala was big in 2015.


So what colour is going to be affecting our lives in 2016? Actually, it’s not one colour, but two. The colours of the year for 2016 are rose quartz and serenity. Why two? According to Pantone, “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfil our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent… 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.” It’s basically the colour version of the classic Miss World contestant line; “I just want world peace.”


Kettlewell items shown:

Silky Roll Necks in Iced Hyacinth and Shell Pink

Cotton Boat Neck in Pink Ice

Cotton Polo 3/4 sleeve in Light Blue Grey

Cashmere Gauze Stoles in Powder Pink and Sky Blue

The good news is that, if 2014’s ‘radiant orchid’ (that’s lilac, to you and me) is anything to go by, the oft neglected Summers will be spoilt for choice this year. The bad news is that it’s going to be slightly trickier for the rest of us – these colours are not forgiving of other skin tones. However, we’ll probably find, as with last year’s Pantone seasonal colours, that versions appear that will work for every colour palette, whether that’s Autumns substituting a softer mellow rose for the rose quartz or paler iced hyacinth in place of serenity for Winters.

How these colours will mix with the can’t-possibly-avoid-it 70s trend that is still a major focus of the high street remains to be seen. It will be interesting to see whether 2016 marks a move away from the retro trend, or whether these colours simply get absorbed into the look.

Anne on Nov 18, 2016 12:08 PM

Can't wait for these shades as I'm a cool summer

I find these shades so great even with jeans for a paired down but classic look, with a nice scarf and jacket. Will you being doing a scarf combining both serenity and rose quartz. I do hope so

Maureen Moriarty on Jan 29, 2016 1:33 PM

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