Step Into the New Year With Pantone’s Soft Colors

 

 

0400088630593_ASTL_247x329Welcome to Pantone’s 2016 color selection! What is surprising, they chose not one, but two colors of the year. You have no doubt seen Rose Quartz and Serenity on Facebook. Recent years have featured rich, strong colors such as Tangerine Tango, Emerald, Radiant Orchid and Marcela but this year is different. Rose Quartz is a beautiful pastel pink reminiscent  a true rose quartz color. Serenity is a pastel blue. My husband and I walk in the evenings – our favorite time to enjoy the sunset. On a recent walk I was struck by the beauty of the sky perfectly painted in Rose Quartz and Serenity. What a perfect ad for Pantone’s 2016 colors!

Pantone’s color experts no doubt understand the psychological effect colors have on us.

Soft pink with flair.
Soft pink with flair.

Pastel colors are soothing and calming. When you think of how our busy lives are inundated with technology to “help” us while actually making our lives more stressful, it is not surprising that we need to retreat into more soothing colors. Color takes energy to wear. When we are under great stress, it is only natural to seek colors requiring little energy.

Pink can work as a neutral.
Pink can work as a neutral.

Not only does technology make our lives more stressful, world events add to our stress levels. Watching the daily news offers little that is calming or reassuring. In the past I often chose to wear red on dreary days to counteract tone of the day. However, in today’s world, a softer shade can strike the right balance of giving a psychological boost while having a calming effect.

Rose Quartz and Serenity will be versatile colors that offer great mileage to your wardrobe.

Soft blue - classic and versatile.
Soft blue – classic and versatile.

If you have warm coloring, select a coral pink to complement your peach-toned skin. Blue is a wonderful neutral that is becoming for most cool and warm-toned skin. You can also complement blue shades with a variety of other colors and accessories. Neutrals in taupe, gray, pewter, silver and black will all be great shoe colors for both blue and pink. I would avoid black unless you have dark hair.

Add some interest with print. Then top it off with a jacket or sweater.
Add some interest with print. Then top it off with a jacket or sweater.

Another advantage to these pastels, they are not as memorable as bright colors. Tangerine Tango will make a statement so that everyone remembers the last time you wore it. These softer colors will look great but not remind others that you just wore that outfit, especially if you change accessories to achieve different looks.

The world may be filled with stress but you can create a tranquil cocoon by surrounding yourself with soft, tranquil colors.