If you haven’t heard already, for the first time ever Pantone has released not one, but two…

…colours of the year for 2016 – “rose quartz,” a soft blush pink, and “serenity,” a light dusty blue. Separately, these colours have been popular choices for brides in recent years, with pastel tones being favoured for bridal bouquets, bridesmaid attire, table décor, and even wedding dresses. Together however, they may seem like a much less natural pairing for a wedding colour palette – we hate to admit it, but at first glance they certainly bring about thoughts of baby showers and nurseries!



This was definitely not Pantone’s intention when deciding upon its 2016 colours and according to the Pantone Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, they were chosen together as they “demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and a cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” It is no secret that at The Design Co. we are all for bringing order and peace to the wedding planning process, but if you are doubtful that rose quartz and serenity truly belong together in a wedding palette, we have put together some wedding inspiration based on Pantone’s 2016 colours of the year to try to convince you otherwise!






















Now, if you still are not ready to say “I do” to both rose quartz and serenity, these two colours certainly pair well with others – who says we need to play by Pantone’s rules after all? If you are feeling the warmer blush tones of rose quartz, you may want to consider pairing it with colours such as marsala (Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year), navy, gold, or even emerald green. On the other hand, if the cool, tranquil blues tones of serenity are more your speed, then you may think of using this colour alongside other soft hues such as lavender, peach, ivory, or silver.


Stacey & Erin

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