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pink & blue.  the 2016 pantone colors of the year.

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2016 pantone colors of the year | rose quartz (pink) & serenity (blue)

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do pink & blue make you think of

balance?

calm?

or, tranquility?

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2016 pantone color of the year | rose quartz | 13-1520

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wellness?

compatibility?

or, duality?

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2016 pantone color of the year | serenity | 15-3919

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duality seems like an appropriate adjective, since the pantone color institute ™ selected two colors of the year for 2016, instead of one.  pantone, a division of danaher corporation, provides products and services for the design, retail, and manufacturing industries.

according to abc news, the pantone color of the year press release ‘explained that the combination echoed a growing trend of challenging traditional perceptions about color association.’

what perceptions do you think that consumers, designers, retailers, and manufacturers have about pink & blue?

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hermes | light blue printed silk neck ties

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charvet | blue cotton dress shirts

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bergdorf goodman restaurant | new york, NY | interior design by kelly wearstler

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de gournay | askew | hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper

bergdorf goodman restaurant, new york, NY

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Cornflower Blue

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | cornflower blue (available now)

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dam-images-decor-2015-08-casa-fantastica-willson-serrano-designed-merida-mexico-home-slideshow-09kitchen | mérida, mexico | interior design by robert willson and david serrano

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Guava Glaze

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | guava glaze (available in july 2016)

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kitchen | spain

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gucci | spring 2016 ready to wear collection | look 29

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gucci | spring 2016 menswear collection | look 54

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gucci | spring 2016 menwear collection | silk crepe cambridge shirt | light pink

production vs. runway

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chanel boutique | costa mesa, CA | interior design by peter marino

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chanel | le vernis nail color | ballerina

chanel le vernis nail color | beige rose

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 color authority, pantone, named honeysuckle pink the color of the year for 2011.  pantone provides professional color standards for the design industries.

honeysuckle pink | pantone 18-2120

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according to tom mirabile, head of global trends and design at lifetime brands inc., a kitchen products company, honeysuckle pink is:

‘…a very ‘mad men’ pink…

it’s like the lipstick our mothers wore…

there’s a retro aspect to it that’s going to be very popular.’

mad men | don and rachel | 1960’s costumes by janie bryant

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red tones have been the pantone color of the year for five out of the last twelve years.  and, for four out of the last twelve years, the pantone color of the year has alternated between reds and greens.  considering the repetition, pantone’s criteria for choosing the color of the year could be more commercial than directional or evolutionary.  in addition, spring 2011 merchandise is already in production.  so, the pantone color of the year could influence marketing and merchandising more than product development.

pantone colors of the year for 2000-2010

2000 cerulean blue | 2001 fuchsia rose | 2002 true red | 2003 aqua sky | 2004 tigerlily | 2005 blue turquoise | 2006 sand dollar | 2007 chili pepper | 2008 blue iris | 2009 mimosa | 2010 turquoise

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pink is a marketable color for many design industries, but it may not be the most commercial color for the interior design industry.  interior designers whose signature is their bold use of color have created pink rooms.  new york interior designer jamie drake created a widely publicized pink bedroom for the 2007 kips bay decorator show house.

pink bedroom | 2007 kips bay decorator show house | drake design associates | new york, NY

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and, interior designer miles redd created a pink and red living room for his new york town house that has also attracted much media attention.

pink and red living room | miles redd | new york, NY

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san francisco interior designer jay jeffers, who is also known for his use of bold colors, painted the walls in his edwardian home coral, and accented the design scheme with pink furniture and accessories.

coral and pink living room | jeffers design group | san francisco, CA

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but, interior designers more frequently use bright colors to accent neutral color schemes.  ned marshall accented the rich chocolate and warm limestone entry hall of a new orleans home with a pink settee.

pink settee | entry hall | ned marshall | new orleans, LA

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and, pink pillows, along with the palest pink window coverings, energize the white on white sunroom, designed by melanie turner for the 2010 atlanta decorators’ showhouse.

  pink pillows and window coverings | sunroom | 2010 atlanta decorators’ show house | turner davis interiors | atlanta, GA

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‘the new hue for 2011’, a 9 december 2010 wall street journal article, quoted interior and housewares designer jonathan adler, whose 2011 collections feature pink.  even though he supposedly doesn’t follow design trends, he thinks that:

‘there’s an innate optimism to pink.’

kaleidescope pillows in pink | jonathan adler

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color psychologist leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute, describes honeysuckle pink as a color ‘to lift our spirits’.  so, feeling optimistic about 2011 could be one reason that pantone named honeysuckle pink the color of the year.

does pink make you feel optimistic?