Pink & Blue: Pantone’s Top Colors For Spring

If the last time you saw pastel pink paired with pastel blue was at a baby shower, get ready for this. Both of these soft, dreamy shades have been co-named Pantone’s color of the year. Come spring we’re going to be seeing a lot of this gentle combo, officially known as Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.

Spring 2016 Rose Quartz Serenity
Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring


What’s the reason for new softer shades?  Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, says, “With our hectic lives and the frenzy around us, there is an increasing demand for tranquility.”  That’s exactly what these colors deliver.

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Rose quartz is a pale, sweet pink, but it is far from sappy. Serenity Blue is a calming, quiet blue that is gentle and grounding. Together they produce a soothing effect and offer an escape from the chaos of today’s hectic world. “Wearing both of these hues at once is like returning to the weightlessness of your youth,” says Eiseman. “The combination of a cool and a warm color brings a sense of balance.”



Pastels are typically seen as colors that can make you look weak and fragile. This is especially true if you are on the other side of 40, 50 or more. Pale shades can make you look you are one of the Golden Girls, or that you are headed to the senior’s home.

But this popular new color combo ?goes to show, that as color trends change, so do the attitudes towards those colors. What were once seen as weak, dated shades are now poised to be a very fashion forward duo.

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I love brights, but this is a nice change. It’s good to feel you have some choice for those days when you want to feel softer or more feminine. A blue like this is very flattering for everyone, and the pink adds a soft blush to mature skin, which can often become quite pale. This pink makes the skin radiate.

I also like the other new shades that are if you with Rose Quart and Serenity Blue. Limpet Shell, a light blue color with a quiet green twinge, has popped up. It’s so fresh and pretty. Lilac Gray is new too. It has a touch of purple and is the perfect neutral anchor for these lovely pastels. A soft orange called Peach echo is also climbing in popularity.

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I’ve given you a few examples of how to wear these new pastels in real life and not look old.  It’s only February,  but you can start incorporating them slowly into your wardrobe now. Favorite combos include any of these pastels worn with white or cream. These look great if  you live down south, or are going on a sun holiday.

You can also wear these shades with gray. Navy looks sharp too, so try these pastels with your jeans if you are living up North, and white or cream pants feel too premature. Of course, black goes with everything and adds an edge.


Let me know what you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue -Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring. Wimpy or Wonderful? Now take a look at this sunset and breathe…..ahhhh!

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5 thoughts on “Pink & Blue: Pantone’s Top Colors For Spring

  1. I can wear these colors in jewel-toned hues but not washed out pastels. It will look like I need a blood transfusion….

  2. I see myself wearing these more as accessories than clothes. I love the pink purse. It is very fresh and springy. I am an autumn-warm-light and I think the blue would be too cool for me.

  3. Giggle over “color of the year” stuff. Remember last year’s? Probably not, cuz you couldn’t find it. And people couldn’t agree on what shade it was. That color was Marsala. Maybe they need two to make up for that??
    Anyhow, I like the pink and blue and grey. Am sick to death of that sea foam green or minty shade. But whatever, at least it’s springtime colors and not dreary black.???

  4. I have had serious doubt about working the blue and pink into my wardrobe, but the first outfit you show is fabulous! I most defintiely would wear the gray pants and top with that gorgeous plaid scarf! What a great, on trend put together look. I guess I need to re-think ways of incorporating those colors rather than wearing the colors themselves as an entire garment.

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