Butterfield: The new 2016 colour trend

The soulful combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity challenges traditional perceptions of colour association.

Every time a new year rolls around, a brand new trendy colour du-jour is announced to the world, representing what’s to come in the world of fashion, beauty, and design.

For 2016, the new coveted colour hue may surprise you. It’s the blending of two shades—Rose Quartz and Serenity—chosen as the Pantone Colour of the Year.

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute

“Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity 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.”

According to Pantone, the soulful combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of colour association.

Many parts of the world are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design.

This more autonomous approach to colour is overlapping with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using colour as a form of expression, and a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged based upon the tones and colours they choose to adorn themselves with.

Rose Quartz is described as “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

How can you incorporate these two airy and whimsical shades in your own spaces this year? The answer is simple: Find small and coveted trinkets and treasures you can easily switch out with these zen-inducing hues. Decorative quartz chunks, candles, pillows for a neutral sofa, or artwork laced with hints of both shades. And  consider mixing in other supporting tones in navy blue, denim, celadon and persimmon to help carry this look into beautiful, everyday living.

Just Posted

Repairs underway to West Kelowna road after flood damage

A portion of Lower Glenrosa Road will be closed until at least Monday says the city

Rally in Kelowna to protest pipeline

Forty people gather outside MP’s office to protest Trans Mountain pipeline project

Protect the Water rally today in Kelowna

The rally will be held at No. 102 – 1420 St Paul Street, Kelowna.

Feature Friday: Is the sky the limit for downtown Kelowna construction?

City building up, not out, as high rise living becomes more popular

Free theatre performance for Lake Country families

Robinson Crusoe + Friday will be performed at Creekside Theatre April 14

What’s happening

Find out which events are taking place in the Okanagan and Shuswap this weekend

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Photos: Salmon Arm celebrates Paralympic champion Natalie Wilkie

Hometown hero welcomed home with parade, recognition ceremony at city hall

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Most Read