The pigment and coloring giant Pantone Inc. has actually picked two selections for their “Pantone Color of the Year 2016” and it just so happens that I really love the both of them. The winners are Rose quartz (a soft pink) and Serenity (a muted periwinkle) both picks of which are surprising to me as in the past their criteria suggested to me that they have a preference for bright-colored candidates such as: Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, etc. This is the first time ever that they picked two colors instead of just one and the fact that they are both pastel shades makes it that much more interesting and eye-pleasing.
Here is Pantone’s description of the winners: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
OMG, they are so pretty and they are both terrific choices for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc. I can see so many beautiful cakes with either color or with both in terms of incorporating flowers and/or for the icing, etc. I am willing to bet both cake artists and floral designers everywhere must be as ecstatic as I am! What a great duo! And just as I suspected, they both pair attractively with gray/silver which are very popular colors right now. Having these two perfect colors to work with was my motivation to create a gumpaste English garden cake.
My Cake’s Inspiration
After falling in love with this year’s winners, I used the gorgeous Serenity periwinkle coloring on some of my flowers. I also added a few clusters of soft pink berries and colored the fondant pink to capture some of the Rose Quartz coloring. As I mentioned above, grayish-silver coloring is the perfect accent for these trendy colors. That is why I recently learned how to make dusty miller leaves. Here are my tutorials: How to Make Gumpaste Dusty Miller Leaves Part 1 & Part 2.
Since coloring is a key factor here you might be curious which petal dusts I used. I did apply a blend of several different dusts, but I primarily used Chrystal Colors Periwinkle to achieve my Serenity coloring on my flowers and Elite Color Aurora Rose for my Rose Quartz coloring for the berries and for the pink coloring of the cake’s fondant.
Having these two pretty Pantone colors in the spotlight will hopefully inspire you to use them in your creations too!