From calming and cooling (think “serenity” and “iced coffee”) to bright and fiery (“buttercup” or “fiesta,” anyone?), the spring/summer 2016 color palette has something for everyone.

Here is our report on the first four of the top nine shades you’ll be seeing this season in fashion, beauty, home decor, and—for those who dare to be different—hair color!

We’ve got the lowdown on the original inspiration for each color, as well as examples of the shade in clothing, home accessories and beauty products. Also, Keratin Complex Director of Education Amy Michleb shares her “dare to be different” hair-color advice for each of these hues, which comprise our 2016 Spring/Summer Fashion Shades collection.



color therapy rose quartzPhoto credits, clockwise from left: Paul & Joe; Michael Kors; Nordstrom; Bella Note.

The soft pink of this semi-precious stone leads the grouping of trend colors inspired by nature. “Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months,” says color expert Pantone. It can be found in garments by designers including Stella McCartney, Armani and Paul & Joe.

To accessorize with this color, try a Recover Abalone iPhone 6 case in Rose Gold Pink from Nordstrom, wear a rose gold rose quartz ring stack from Michael Kors, or decorate your bed with pink quilted throw pillows from Bella Note Outlet.

Dare to be different: This soft pastel tone works beautifully with blonde hair in gentle, wispy placements—or for those more daring, around the whole head.



color vtherapy peach echoPhoto credits, clockwise from left: Roberto Cavalli; Opi; Zazzle; Skoose.

A playful, tempered orange hue that is universally flattering, Peach Echo “emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility,” according to Pantone. Designers like Christian Siriano, Rebecca Minkoff, Dennis Basso and Roberto Cavalli are among the many who incorporated it into their collections.

For your nails, try Essie in Tart Echo, Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Peaches & Cream, or Opi in Crawfishin’ for a Compliment. For your head, try a Peach Echo headband or hair tie from Zazzle or a Peach ribbon headband from Skoose.

Dare to be different: Peach is a warm color but has an underlying influence of violet. It goes well with dark blonde bases, as accent highlights in mousy browns, and as tips over existing blonde.



color therapy serenityPhoto credits, clockwise from top left: Birch Lane; China Glaze; Carven; Coach.

Peace and tranquility ooze from this soft blue shade, which Pantone says “comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.” It was seen on the runways of Esosa, Rachel Pally, Carven, Christian Dior and Harbison, to name a few.

On your nails, you can wear China Glaze EverGlaze Breath of Fresh Air; on your arm, you can carry a Coach Rogue bag in Dark Gunmetal/Cornflower; and on your towel rack, you can hang Adrienne fouta towels from Birch Lane.

Dare to be different: This shade is so beautiful when combined with cool brunettes, as face-framing details on platinum blondes, or to give dimension to all styles.



color therapy snorkel bluePhoto credits, clockwise from bottom left: Nike; Lands’ End; Stella McCartney; Tudor Watches.

This marine-inspired blue “plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones,” according to Pantone. Snorkel Blue was a favorite of Georgine, Alexander Wang, Hermes, Chanel, Tadashi Shoji, and Stella McCartney, to name a few.

Men can easily add this color to their wardrobe via a Tudor Pelagos watch in Blue, a short-sleeve mesh polo shirt in Sail Blue from Lands’ End, or Nike Free RN Flyknit running shoes in Blue/Gamma.

Dare to be different: Mix strands of snorkel blue with strands of Serenity for a cool and classy look. This hair color goes especially well with people with blue or green eyes.

And that’s the scoop on the first four shades in our spring/summer 2016 fashion collection. (Click here for the rest of our Dare to Be Different report.)

Be sure to visit your favorite Keratin Complex stylist for your own version of these shades!