[Rose Quartz and Serenity are] a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mind-set of tranquility and inner peace — Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute
The fact that Pantone has selected two colors highlights the reemergence of gradients in design after several years of flat color. The pastels are a calming blend that stray far from the current preference for bright, vibrant colors. It’s notable that the two colors are blue and pink, traditionally colors associated with the two genders. The blending of the two will be seen by many as a metaphor for the growing cultural acceptance of a full spectrum of genders.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design — Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute
In addition to the colors selected, Pantone has also named a full range of complimentary colors that work well with the pairing.
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