Five Ways to Use 2016’s Pantone Color of Year

For the first time in history, Pantone named two shades at their annual Color of the Year announcement.

screen-shot-2015-12-03-at-11-16-48-pmWhen Pantone, the color experts, announced their color of the year 2016 to be not one, but two colors, and those colors a pale pink Rose Quartz along with beautifully soft Serenity blue, we knew they were a match made for a wedding.

Last year’s very mature Marsala was lovely, but so difficult to use for a more casual affair. This time we’re over the moon that 2016 is all about freshness and happiness, perfect wedding emotions.  Use them together for a perfectly balanced union, or take either the pink or the blue and pair them with your own choice of greens, purples or shades of yellow and cerise. For an industrial wedding theme add in silver or copper, hot brights introduce more splash and sparkle for a festive affair.

To show you just how pretty this pairing is, we’ve taken this years Pantone shades and created a modern yet very romantic take on the traditional pastel palette…


If you consider yourself a bold bride, opt for a blush pink or ice blue wedding dress. Colorful bridal gowns hit the scene a few years ago and they continue to be a hot trend.  Having a more traditional wedding vibe? Choose light airy fabrics in either Rose Quartz, Serenity, or both for the bridal party. Your bridesmaids will look stunning!


Alicia Swedenborg via Love My Dress; Jose Villa via Once Wed;  Uschi and Kay

Floral Arrangements

While blue flowers may be few and far between, there are a ton in the pink family. Opt for bouquets and centerpieces that are mostly pink but accented with a hint of blue. Or incorporate Serenity using non-floral elements, like ribbon. Thinks peonies, dahlias, garden roses, and hydrangeas. This palette is a florists dream!

floral2Tenth and Grace; One Wed

Real mean wear light blue. Either of these shades can work well with a navy or khaki suit or gray tux. Go for it in a light blue suit, or look for ties and pocket squares that use Rose Quartz or Serenity. Complete the look with a coordinated boutonniere.

groomswear1Ben Yew; Paula O’Hara

Keep it classic and in the Rose Quartz family with a soft, natural look. Rosy cheeks and a pink lip makes a classic look for the bride and bridal party. What better day is there to try a sparkly pink-and-gold manicure?

Makeup_1588-700x503Left: Pinterest; Right: Pinterest


We bet Rose Quartz and Serenity taste as good as they look. From cakes to macarons, and every sweet in between, look for tasty treats in these two shades to bring Pantone’s Colors of the Year to your wedding’s final course.

cakejpgErica O’Brien Cake Design; Renee Sprink

As you can see with two colors at play this year, there are countless opportunities for pairings.

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