Announcing Pantone Colour of the Year 2016.

Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-blogIt is an honour to be asked by Pantone this year to announce their Colours of The Year for 2016 on the blog.

Yes, you heard right. It’s not just one colour but it’s a pairing of colours.

I have kept this secret knowledge for weeks and have been bursting to tell everyone.

Today is the day! I can now shout it loud.

Introducing you to SERENITY (blue) and ROSE QUARTZ (pink).

The swatches above were sent to me by Pantone. They came specially vacuum packed to preserve the true likeness of the colour.

Love! Love! Love! is all I can say. Both my favourite colours.

Direct your eyes to the general template colour of my blog. It looks pretty close to Rose Quartz and Serenity right? No wonder I love these colours so much, they are very Little Big Bell.

Pantone have stated that they have picked this harmonious pairing of shades to embody the mindset of tranquility and inner peace, an antidote to the stress of modern day lives.

They are not wrong there. I’m already feeling an instant calm.Pantone-colour-of-the-year-2016-Pantone-color-of-the-year-Rose-Quartz-and-Serenity-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blogI’ve gathered a few objects around my house that match the new Pantone shades to make a little moodboard.

I’m loving my new blue wire mesh board from Block Design that I have used as my display. Hook and clip objects and cards on. It would be a perfect template for pinning your advent calendar pouches on. I’m a bit late for that this year.

The blue of my mesh board is a lighter shade than Serenity. It’s more of a light Turquoise, but I wanted to demonstrate that Serenity is that perfect tone that could mix and match with other shades of blues.

Finding an object in the house that was the exact same colour as Serenity was difficult. It truly is a novel blue. To be honest, I’ve been transfixed by it, trying to figure out the pigment composition of this unique tone.

It has a dusky element to it and also reminds me of a very smooth and light medium tone of denim.

I found two products that have colours closest to Serenity. They are the White Company’s blue Cashmere socks and Arro home’s Whale and ladder tea towels.Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blogRose Quartz Pink has been described by Pantone as likening to a serene sunset. I can see what they mean. It’s that rosy pink you sometimes see amongst the billowy white clouds. That pink that lights up the sky and you need to capture it on your camera phone ( oh well, I do anyway ).

When I examine the swatch closely, I realise that Rose Quartz is not a dusky pink. It has a vibrant note in it, maybe a little tinge of a light coral. It pairs well with the calm of Serenity. I have placed the two shades together for you to see.Pantone-color-of-the-year-2016-styled-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell_

Arro home has shown in their tea towels how Serenity can look great with black and even better, with another one of my favourite colours, a bright pop of Canary yellow. Gold will look great too with these two new Pantone colours.

I have placed Serenity and Rose Quartz against different shades and tones of blues and pinks. They seem to be able to mix and blend well.

I am so excited to see these colours being adopted in the world of Fashion, Beauty and Interiors. I can’t see there will be much objection. They are beautiful. These are no longer gender colours as society moves towards equality. I can see crisp male shirts in Rose quartz or even as a Seersucker pink striped tie.

I’m excited for Spring. Despite it being Winter, I think pastels are holding their own. There is no longer the conventional ‘have to’ all moody shades for colder seasons.

What do you think of the new colours?


  1. I love them and agree with your comments about losing the ‘season’ colours – finally. I like this pink/peach with the yellow too and also with copper to give it some depth.
    Thank you for beautiful photographs … as always
    Jessica Lozano

  2. Mon@secretgardenhome

    I do like the new colours, so thank you for bringing them to my attention.
    I’m currently planning a wedding, so need some inspirations for a colour scheme:))

    Have a lovely weekend.

    • littlebigbell

      It’s my pleasure Mon. These would be wonderful colours for a wedding, especially the Rose Quartz. How exciting. Happy planning x

  3. Oh I’m with you, I love these shades! You’ve gathered up a perfectly beautiful collection there, love those tea towels and we happen to need some more. Of to investigate!

    • littlebigbell

      Thank you Amanda. I’m loving my tea towels from Arro home too. Word of warning, you may buy more than tea towels when you venture onto that gorgeous site 🙂 x

  4. Beautiful styling as always G! Perfect colour palette for LBB xx

  5. Fantastic styling as usual Geraldine. I knew these colours would be a great match for you.

  6. Great combination of products using these colours. Have to say I love them together!

  7. Such a pretty post Geraldine. Love it. x

  8. I love your moodboard, very inspiring! I wasn’t too sure about the colours at first, but they’re definitely growing on me.

  9. They’re different, aren’t they? At first I thought of nursery colours, but actually I think they’re far more versatile than that. I’m looking forward to seeing how lots of different people use them!

    • littlebigbell

      They’re definitely versatile Antonia. My favourite colours. Will be using them in my decor a lot more this Spring x

  10. I think these look simply perfect as an antidote to stress

  11. Great post- I think these colours are going to be so popular as they are so fun and bright – and look really modern. I love the mesh board too – I need to get one for the home office x

    • littlebigbell

      Thanks Maxine.They are great colours aren’t they? Can’t wait to decorate using them during Spring/Summer.

  12. Such a perfect combination, and perfect for you and your blog too Geraldine x

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  15. Linda Elvin

    Hi,could you please give me some ideas on a colour scheme for my small living room. It has one dark brown leather sofa and two dark brown leather swivel chairs. Regards Linda.

    • littlebigbell

      Dear Linda, lovely to meet you. You can find some inspiration on the pins that I have placed on Pinterest. Go to my account and type ‘leather’ in the search box and you should find what you are looking for. Let me know. Best wishes,
      Geraldine @littlebigbell

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