Each season the Pantone Color Institute, a world-renowned authority on color, introduces a symbolic color landscape that reflects cultural moods. In 2016, Pantone's fashion trend palette features ten vibrant hues that pull from bold urban landscapes and the tranquility of nature.

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves, " says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation." This vivid collection of hues plays on our need for mindfulness and curiosity.

This color forecast extends its influence beyond the fashion industry. You'll find these colors expanding into home interiors and design trends. Below, we offer our breakdown of the 2016 Pantone Spring Color Trends.

Pantone-2016-ROSE-&-SERENITY pantone serenity

Pantone Color of the Year 2016



For the first time, Pantone has introduced two colors as their color of the year: Rose Quartz, a soft pink, and Serenity, a soothing blue. These relaxed colors strike a balance between warm and cool while offering a sense of peace and fluidity. Their weightless and gentle appeal conveys an easy attitude, making it perfect for 2016.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer Rachel Pally

pantone color trends 2016

pantone peach echoPEACH ECHO
PANTONE 16-1548

New Color for Fashion, Home & Interior

The popularity of orange hues over the past years comes to play with this lovely shade. Peach Echo, however, is more playful, warm, and inviting. This color offers an exciting yet soft pop to design. Peach Echo has also been chosen as Pantone's Home and Interior Colors for 2016.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer Rebecca Minkoff


pantone snorkel blue


Evoking a seaside spirit, Snorkel Blue is a fun and energetic hue. It's a color filled with adventure, encouraging a journey into uncharted territory. A color with unlimited versatility, pair this color with muted neutrals, soft oranges, or even vivid yellows.

Photo via Pantone Color Institue, Designer Georgine


pantone buttercupBUTTERCUP PANTONE 12-0752

This extravagant color is the stand out in this year's color selection - a perfect contrast to its calmer counterparts. Buttercup offers an upbeat and cheerful mood, perfect for adding an element of surprise and pizazz to any design.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer David Hart


pantone limpet shellLIMPET SHELL PANTONE 13-4810

New Color for Fashion, Home & Interior

A modern take on muted tones of yesteryear, Limpet Shell is clean and precise. This cool color balances beautifully between green and blue. A lively companion to warmer rosy tones or calming neutrals.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer 0'2ND


pantone lilac grayLILAC GRAY PANTONE 16-3905

New Color for Fashion, Home & Interior

Lilac Gray plays on modern urban landscapes and soft feminine purples. Its look is secure and subtle, and gives this year's palette a stand out neutral.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer Yoana Baraschi


pantone fiestaFIESTA PANTONE 17-1564

Full of energy and drama, Fiesta creates a harmony between relaxed hues and exciting audaciousness. This exuberant color adds an unexpected yet needed element of surprise in this year's color palette. Pair Fiesta with bold blues, aqua, or even complementary greens to play on its energetic spirit.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer Pamella Roland


pantone iced coffeeICED COFFEE PANTONE 15-1040

Iced Coffee is another warm neutral in this year's color palette. This golden brown hue offers a feeling of strength and security, while maintaining a soft and inviting appeal. A perfect amalgam of masculine and feminine. Pair this color with muted neutrals, pinks, or calming blue hues.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer Noon by Noor


pantone green flashGREEN FLASH PANTONE 15-0146

A captivating color, Green Flash exudes a courageous vigor. It pushes boundaries and encourages exploration. Its conjures images of urban life and natural vegetation. Its lively spirit is one that is appreciated against this year's calm color collection.

Photo via Pantone Color Institute, Designer Nicole Miller

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