This year the big colour story is about tranquility and inner peace.  Interior Designer Jamie Hempsall considers the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2016.

When it comes to colour there is no better authority than Pantone – the company who provides professional colour standards for the design industry.

Many people will be familiar with the name because of the brightly coloured home wares that have appeared in recent years featuring a single block of colour above a white bar and a Pantone reference in clear black lettering.  These products have become super cool from a design perspective, but underplay the significance of this system that guarantees colour continuity on a global scale.

The Pantone Colour of the year may not be something that you have previously heard about, but they have always been an accurate predictor of the “must have colours”.  Past Colours of the year have included Turquoise, Emerald and Tangerine Tango – all of which are now staples in the interior designer’s colour arsenal.

Mid Week Pantone - A Selection of Silks from Yorkshire Based James Hare featuring the Colour of the Year

In 2016 the Colour of the Year is actually a combined interplay of two shades PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz.  These are seen to be a harmonious pairing of tints that Pantone consider provide an antidote to the stress of modern day lives.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute explained, ”With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz 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.”

This colour combination is being introduced as a sensorial antidote to an increasing stressful world.  Whether used on their own, or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into any environment – be it home, school or office.

You can expect to see a wide range of products appearing in these colours throughout the year, not only on the home front, but also in the world of fashion.

They work well in rugs and upholstery, with Leeds based James Hare already featuring them in a number of their fabrics (I would particularly consider Cheyne Stripe Pastel or a combination of Ebury Chantelle with Westbourne Damask Nordic Blue).

Interior schemes going forward will feature combinations of these colours either through the matching of individual items (such as a Rose vase contrasting a Serenity painted wall) or with fabrics and wallpapers that feature this colour combination in their very make up.

This is definitely a non-traditional pairing and challenges some of our existing views on blue and pink being used for very differing purposes.  If this seems a step too far, then consider introducing the tones in subtle accent pieces (such as a collection of candles or pieces of tableware) to just add a contemplative hint of relaxation.

Pretty soon you are likely to find that the calming effect will entice you to embrace these shades on a far wider scale.

Mid Week Pantone - Rose Geometric Bud Vase

To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts comb the world looking for new colour influences.  These include films in production, travelling art collections and popular travel destinations, as well as lifestyles and socio-economic conditions.

Influences may also stem from new technologies and materials, but also textures and effects achievable from new production methods that can impact colour.  They even consider up and coming sporting events that are likely to capture worldwide attention!

Mid Week Pantone - Snow Drop Three Seat sofa in Rose

Article as it appears in Yorkshire Post 13th Jan 2015