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Hope You Like Pastels: Pantone Announces Two Colors of the Year for 2016

Color us surprised. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year is actually two hues: Serenity (soft pink) and Rose Quartz (muted blue). This marks the first time Pantone chose more than one color at once. But that’s not the only reason this year’s selection is special.

The combo is all about striking the perfect balance. “Found in tandem on the runway, on the streets and in nature, Serenity and Rose Quartz evoke calm, stability and comfort even in turbulent times,” Pantone explained in a press release. “The seamless union of Serenity and Rose Quartz creates balance in a chaotic world by providing the perfect counterpoint to the fast-paced, fractured and hurried lives we live.”

If you’ve ever watched a sunset on the beach, you’re familiar with this gorgeous color combo. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the “harmonious color pairing” inspire its own sunset hair trend.

This year’s color announcement accompanies an innovative street art exhibition. Today only, Pantone will post Instagram pics of three murals as they’re created. The masterpieces will be painted live in New York City (by Werc Alvarez at corner of 10th Avenue and 50th Street); Miami (Victor Quinonez at 2800 NW 2nd Street); and Los Angeles (Alejandro Poli at 1800 Ocean Front Walk in Venice).


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Sephora, Kitchen Aid and Thomas Pink have already launched Rose Quartz-Serenity products. And you can get in on the Instagram fun with a Rose Quartz-Serenity filter on the Aviary app. Now, who wants to dye our hair the colors of the year?