Serenity Now

It’s a new year and a good time to freshen things up in our lives. If you are looking for inspiration, why not start with this year’s Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity?

Every year the color gurus at the Pantone Color Institute, a world-renowned authority on color, select a color that will influence everything from fashion and home décor to hair color. This year for the first time ever, the experts at Pantone have selected two colors, Rose Quartz (a pale pink) and Serenity (a soft blue) to lead the pack. According to Pantone’s website, these colors are said to offer a “soothing sense of order and peace” as “consumers seek mindfulness and wellbeing as an antidote to modern day stresses”.

Maybe your “New Year, New You” plan doesn’t include re-painting your living space light pink or baby blue, but you can easily invest in a few accent pieces to create your own personal, soothing sanctuary. Pantone tells us that Rose Quartz and Serenity pair nicely with “mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink”.

Not only do these cosmic colors bring you inner-peace and tranquility, the feeling at Pantone is that they also reflect current social movements in gender equality and fluidity. Gone is the association of the color pink for girls and blue for boys. If, like me, your winter wardrobe consists of salt stained shades of black and grey, try injecting some of these preferred pastels into your wardrobe. These softer, gentler shades will lift your mood and remind us that spring will be beckoning us soon.

Check out some of our local finds and I promise you’ll be channeling your innerhippie before you know it. Just remember to relax, keep calm and don’t panic over this year’s Pantone picks.