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On 06/03/2016
There are no rules when choosing colors.

Color of the Year

By now, I think everyone has seen Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year, or should I say colors, plural? Two colors, Rose Quartz 13-1520 TCX and Serenity 15-3919, have been chosen as THE color for 2016. Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman explains further, “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.”  It sounds breathtaking, doesn’t it?  Some may look at Rose Quartz and Serenity and simply see light blue and pink, but it goes much deeper than that. 

Choosing these two colors challenges our perception of color association and is right in line with today’s societal fluidity. I don’t think Pantone has chosen a color this light since Sand Dollar in 2006.  The last few years have highlighted brighter, richer colors, so 2016’s Color of the Year is a testament to a somewhat turbulent world ready for calm and relaxation.  In reality, Pantone sets a precedent in the color world and if they see it coming, you can believe we will too.  Designers all over are embracing these colors.  It is being introduced in almost every area – in furniture, apparel, interiors, textiles, and others. Used together or separately, they lend weightlessness and breeze to any application.  But, as we all know, there are no rules when choosing colors.

Honestly, I don’t see the unveiling of the next 40-foot hull done in Rose Quartz coming anytime soon, but you never know. It just might be very pretty on the water. Serenity or versions of it can already be found on the hulls of some salt water fishing boats.

I invite you to play around with these colors. See if you have a home for them in your product line.  Why not have a boat that is breezy inside and out?