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Two Colors Too Many

Thu Dec 31 2015 | Author: Carol Olmstead
I like to start off each year by writing about my reaction to the Pantone's Color of the Year forecast. Last year I was wild about Marsala, and a few years before I was uncharacteristically charmed by Tangerine Tango, even though I'm not usually a fan of the color orange. I think it was that name.

Each year Pantone, the self-described color authority, forecasts the most popular colors that we'll see in decor, fashion, and graphic design. The announcement has a cult-like following among designers and retailers looking to improve sales, and among Feng Shui practitioners like me who want to know if they can use the color to enhance clients' homes and offices.

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I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised when Pantone decided to break ranks this year and pick not one but two colors on which to bestow their annual honor - Rose Quartz #13-1520 and Serenity #15-3919. After all, wasn't this the year when the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year wasn't even a word, but an emoji? Seems everyone is going out on a limb this year.

So what do I think of the Rose Quartz/Serenity duo? Frankly, from a Feng Shui perspective, not much. These colors are much too pale, cool, translucent, wishy-washy - how should I say it - well, wimpy, for how we need to balance ourselves considering the world we're facing these days. Both pastel colors represent the Metal Element that's associated with hardness. Personally and professionally, I'm recommending we go with a Water Element color that has more to do with flow and forward movement.

In all fairness to Pantone, blue is considered to be one of the lucky colors for the upcoming Year of the Monkey (white and gold are the other two), but we're talking about real blues here, with names like cobalt and indigo and lapis. One look at azure and denim and you know the world is going to be all right. Is there anything that says "don't mess with me" more than denim?

Now, my less-than-favorable reaction to the color-of-the-year combo may have a little something to do with the fact that light pink and light blue was the color scheme for my wedding - my first wedding, that is. But clearly that's a topic for another blog post.

So, I'm planning to sit back and watch to see if this "gender blurring" duo (Pantone's words, not mine) does take over the fashion and interior design world by storm (hah, as if either one could). In the meantime I'm surrounding my self and my clients with true Water Element blues in 2016. After all, you can never go wrong with basic navy.


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