You’ve probably heard that Pantone picked two colours of the year for the first time ever.

Colour is a snapshot of what trend forecasters see taking place in our culture. So what does this color pairing symbolize for what’s to come in 2016?

panton3 2016_two colors Pantone’s color(s) of the year is a message for us: Chill out. 

Rose Quartz & Serenity speak to our need for peace and happier places. A return to comfort and innocence.

Designers this season have gravitated toward a palette that is first and foremost calming. They’re being influenced new global doors opening and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind. Paying homage to the beauty of natural resources, colors emerging in the Spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 8.19.29 PMRose Quartz: The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, it reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.

Serenity: Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, it provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

Read the full Pantone report to get inspired.

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Editor’s Note: Yes we’ve taken liberty and mixed up color & colour for our SEO. Sorry, not sorry.

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Shelley Mantei founded theitlists.com as part of the Glam.com network in 2006 (forever in fashion blog years!). The It Lists help busy women define their personal beauty, life and fashion style – vogue nirvana. It's a trend blog featuring the “it” bag, “it” girl, or “it” scoop! Shelley is also a public relations & social media consultant for life + style brands. She's a Vancouver import who now calls Toronto (Canada) home, but is always scooting somewhere to bring you jetsettera tales. Twitter: @shelleymantei

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