Pantone® 2016 Color of The Year



This isn't just another post about the Pantone® 2016 Color of the Year - Rose Quartz + Serenity.

We're discussing some of the new trends we're forecasting this year and the best paper options to compliment Pantone's color trend.

Arturo Pale Pink and Pale Blue are the perfect match to Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The paper line comes in a 2 shades of white and 6 different colors along with text weight and envelope options.

See the full post for samples of the newest trends and more details about Arturo paper.

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Pantone 2016 Color of the Year - Rose Quartz + Serenity

Rose Quartz & Serenity – Two Colors for 2016



Every year Pantone® releases a featured color of the year that they think reflects trends in industries like fashion and print. This year they released 2 colors – Rose Quartz + Serenity – and the blend of colors between them as their bet for 2016.


The two colors are shades we’ve seen become more popular in the past year along with the use of gradients and watercolors for invitation and business cards.


If you’re matching colors to Rose Quartz and Serenity, use the chart below for the closest color matches:


Rose Quartz – PANTONE Pastel 9281 U
Serenity – PLUS Series 7451 U

Marsais Photographie - Pale Pink Arturo Business CardsCotton Candy Pink - Escort CardPale Pink Arturo - Baby Announcement


Gradients + Watercolors



Here are some examples of gradient prints + watercolor designs. Letterpress gradients are something we’ve been in love with since Day 1 – see our Good Morning + Good Night poster for proof!

Watercolor Map - Custom Invitation SuiteType Card by Tucci Cursive - On PressWatercolor Booklet Invitation A Patriotic Print - Fireworks Printed in Red White and Blue

Color + Paper options


There are a couple of options for paper and envelopes to match Rose Quartz + Serenity but the stock we like best is Arturo. You can also look at the Colorplan paper line – featured here: #PaperNerd – Colorplan Paper


Arturo is made by Cartiere Magnani in Italy – the paper comes in 2 shades of white and 6 colors. The pale blue and pale pink shades are great compliments to Rose Quartz + Serenity. Our Port Jefferson wedding invite is printed on Pale Pink Arturo with gold foil.

Arturo Paper Options - Pale Pink + Pale Blue

The paper comes in cover weight and text weight with matching envelopes. For a full list of envelope sizes (European + Standard US), email us for more info.

Arturo Envelopes + Folded Cards


Let’s Talk Invitations + Stationery!


What do you think about Pantone’s Color of the Year? Whatever you choose, color is an important part of your invitations. Share your color inspiration with us below or on twitter using #ColorInspiration – follow us @dolcepress.


Here’s what we’ve been writing about:

The Bedford Wedding Suite – Another classic wedding invitation with a simple black border.
The Larchmont Wedding Suite – A typography inspired classic wedding design.
Introducing Holiday Foil Frames – Diecut photo stands with 4 different frame designs – printed in matte gold.