Elton settee in dusty blush, from West Elm.(West Elm)
A power pink and a baby blue -- as in this mug and pasta bowl from Iittala -- are predicted to be the hottest colors of 2016.( Iittala)
Jug lamp in sky from Cisco Home.(Cisco Home)
The color reminds us of a Japanese Chrysanthemum.(Joshua Lieberman )
Eyebobs “Jail Bait” readers in blue.(Eyebobs)
Baby pink makes an appearance on a fashion runway.(Edward James / FilmMagic)
Nero Light Blue indoor/outdoor armchairs from Lamps Plus.(Lamps Plus)
A platform Parsons bed from Room & Board.(Room & Board )
A KitchenAid mixer in pink.(KitchenAid)
A sundress by For Love and Lemons.(For Love and Lemons)
A strapless dress by Cynthia Rowley in a Rose Quartz tone.(Cynthia Rowley )
What is it about James Bond and the parade of pale-blue swimtrunks? In 1964’s “Thunderball” it was Sean Connery who famously sported a pair of Sunspel trunks, in 2006’s “Casino Royale” Daniel Craig strides out of the surf clad in a barely-there pair by La Perla. Six years later, in “Skyfall,” costume designer Jany Temime chose a powder-blue pair (pictured) of Orlebar Brown’s short (but not too short) retro-style Setter swimtrunks in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pool scene, specifically as a homage to Connery’s original trunks. ($230 at orlebarbrown.com)(Pete Webb / Orlebar Brown)
The Amalia chaise in pink from Cisco Home.(Cisco Home)
A two-tone vase from BoConcept.(BoConcept)
Hollywood dresser from Modshop.(Modshop)
Candice convertible satchel by Halston Heritage.(Halston Heritage)
The Holmsund Sofa Bed from Ikea is slipcovered for easy machine washing.(Ikea)
Double gourd glass table lamp. The base is hand-crafted in California, $99.99 at Lamps Plus.(Lamps Plus )
Chair by La-Z-Boy(La-Z-Boy)
Layer with pillows, rugs, or throws in Rose Quartz will add a softness and depth of color.(La-Z-Boy)
Rose Quartz dining chairs create a soothing yet elegant touch in this dining room.(Handout / TNS)
A Serenity blue bedroom paired with white creates a sense of Hollywood glam.(Handout / TNS)
Serenity painted columns are paired with Serenity kitchen cabinets in this industrial loft.(Handout / TNS)
A Serenity-inspired California kitchen.(Handout / TNS)
Playful color accentuated with dark and light. Interior design by Jill Sorensen.(Mehreen Qudosi)
Serenity blue kitchen with white cabinetry by MasterBrand Cabinets.(MasterBrand Cabinets)
Molded plastic Eiffel chair, $198 by Inmod.(Inmod)
Pink Electric kettle by Smeg, $129.99.(Armin Zogbaum / Smeg USA)
Electric kettle by Smeg, $129.99.(Armin Zogbaum / Smeg USA)
Layers of pink in a room designed by Natasha Baradaran.(Natasha Baradaran)
Rose Quartz and Serenity blue incorporated in a living room by Kirill Istomin Interior Design.(Simon Upton / Kirill Istomin Interior Design)
Moroccan-inspired sofa table in Ballet Pink, $1,035, by Jonathan Charles.(Jonathan Charles / Jonathan Charles)
Serenity blue chandelier in a monochromatic space designed by Jill Sorenson.(Jennifer Jansch / Jennifer Jansch)
Rose Quartz wall color in room designed by Jill Sorensen.(Geoffrey Hodgdon)
Zacapa Wool Rug by Grain, $625-$850 at Lawson-Fenning.(Lawson-Fenning)
Bastille Cafe Stacking Chair, $109, by Inmod.(Inmod)
Vintage side table painted with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan ($38.95/quart) in Antoinette(Christopher Drake)
Powder coated wire side table, $1,795, by Iacoli & McAllister.(Charlie Schuck)
Retro 50s SMEG fridge, $1,999.(Smeg USA / Smeg)
Baby blue Retro 50s SMEG fridge, $1,999.(Smeg USA / Smeg)
Shorty Lamp by Entler, $385 at Lawson-Fenning.(Lawson-Fenning / Lawson-Fenning)
Estate Chair in Rose Quartz, right, and in Serenity Blue, left, by Jessica Charles, $2,020 each.(Jessica Charles)
For the first time, the color authority folks at Pantone have apparently picked not just one go-to color for 2016 but two, prognosticating that next year’s retail clothing racks, paint cans and furniture showrooms will be heavy on shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Rose Quartz (color swatch 13-1520,) a just-this-side-of-dusky shade of pink and Serenity (color swatch 15-3919) a click or two darker than baby blue, are set to share the honors for the upcoming year.
Pantone said it would make its formal announcement Thursday morning.
The tranquil, dialed-down colors themselves aren’t all that surprising -- both were on Pantone’s spring 2016 top-ten fashion color list announced back in September.
What is curious is that Pantone didn’t stick with the script and give us one single color that would reign supreme for 2016.
But because the news comes barely a month after the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund bucked 12 years of tradition to give its top honor to a troika of designers instead of one, and four months after Vanity Fair announced not one but five best-dressed lists, it makes us wonder if the once-popular, authoritarian, top-down, “best-of” kind of lists, and proclamations like this are falling out of fashion.
Is Pantone’s double-dip on the color of the year a smart move, a hedging of bets or something else?
Only time will tell.