Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Pantone Picks Two Colors of the Year for 2016

The 2016 Color of the Year is actually two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The new year is upon us, and there’s a lot of sewing to look forward to in 2016. Perhaps you’ll even sew a few things with 2016’s Colors of the Year. That’s right: colors, plural. For the first time, two colors–not one–are the “Color of the Year,” according to color trends forecaster Pantone. The pairing of warm, pale Rose Quartz and soft, gentle blue Serenity was the most prevalent color combination sent down 2016 fashion runways by designers.

color chipsNot only does this color combination echo the hues of sunrise or sunset, it also strikes a visual balance between warm and cool that soothes the senses and instills a feeling of peace and security. With their visual connotations to sunrise and sunset, Rose Quartz and Serenity are also emotionally uplifting. According to Pantone’s color trend forecasters, designers’ generous use of Rose Quartz and Serenity in combination reflects consumers’ growing need to disconnect from modern-day stresses and the need for reassurance and security.

To be sure, Rose Quartz and Serenity sit comfortably within the pastel spectrum, and pastels are not everyone’s cup of tea, regardless of gender. Despite designers’ partnering of pale pink and blue, they’re not inseparable. So if one strikes your fancy, but the other leaves you cold, there’s no reason to think that you must use both (or either).

Color trend reports are always open to interpretation and they certainly are not blanket mandates. No one is going to force you to incorporate the Colors of the Year into your sewing if you don’t like them or feel they don’t flatter you. On the other hand, mixing one or two items in Rose Quartz or Serenity into your outfit rotation could give you a new perspective on your wardrobe. After all, fabric stores will be stocking these two hues, as well as the other colors in the 2016 palette (more on that in a later post).

Here are some fabrics already available from online vendors in Rose Quartz and Serenity:

color melange

First row (left to right):

Mood Ralph Lauren Blossom Pink Silk Satin-Faced Chiffon

Fabric.com Cotton and Steel Double Gauze in Peach

Gorgeous Fabrics Stretch Wool Twill in Crystal Pink

Emma One Sock Variegated Viscose/Wool Sweater Knit in pink and white

Second row (left to right):

Fabric.com Kaufman 21-wale Corduroy in Cloud

Mood Light Blue Pinpoint Oxford Pima Cotton Shirting

Vogue Fashion Fabrics Baby Blue Cotton Gauze

Emma One Sock Baby Blue Power Mesh

What do you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity? Are they too child-like? Does it make sense to have paired colors of the year instead of just a single color?


Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in


  1. User avater
    NathanGreen | | #1

    Serenity is gorgeous, but I can't help but thinking about babies when I see these two in a combo.

  2. tedd1y | | #2

    Those are two of my favorite colors. I'm delighted to see them back.

  3. user-3374314 | | #3

    I think the colors are very pretty. How fun to have two!

  4. roselynbette | | #4

    I agree with NathanGreen here.

  5. roselynbette | | #5

    I agree with NathanGreen here.

  6. KaitlynO | | #6

    I'm lucky! I'm over 60 and gray-headed with fair skin so these colours are particularly flattering for me. I look forward to putting them to good use for this summer!

  7. IsabellaMurphy72 | | #7

    Pink and blue- yes those are quite good colors. They work excellent when put together.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All