From bold color to dusty, natural hues, we take an advance look at the gorgeous palettes predicted for 2016. Here’s your chance to get in on the frontend of these up-and-coming colors sure to evoke emotion and create stunning spaces.



Style Me Pretty

Expect to see soft “winter” colors — dusty roses, deep purples, and frosty grays continue to be an important statement for simple, modern styling. These feminine, romantic tones draw inspiration from soft textures like powdery snow and cashmere sweaters. Dusty blue-mauve, winter berry, and blue-reds will also be trending, which will go well with the Scandinavian influences we’ll see in design like untreated woods and mid-century lines.



Farm to Table Inspiration

2016 will bring together natural elements, stunning metals, and clean tones.

Think weathered wood meets smooth cement, spirited bohemian meets organized architect. Imagine gathering fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden to scatter on a reclaimed wood table. Getting dirt under your fingernails and rinsing your hands in the farmhouse sink. Sipping sweet sangria out of steel goblets.

We’ll see colors go back to the basics with hues derived from natural elements, which will complement and contrast more industrial looks.

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Color Without Season

We see a blur and mixing of holidays, traditions and cultures that is changing our understanding of ‘seasonal’ color rules. Color associated with seasons and holidays are widely being accepted for everyday use. Colors inspired by autumnal hues like crunchy leaves, fall flowers, and earthy gourds as well as gold will shine brightly in 2016.



Comfort & Happiness

Get cozy! Warm grays will continue to play an important role in residential and commercial spaces paired with uplifting hues. Look for inspiration from fresh, healthful foods, such as roasted red-brown almonds, creamy green avocados and earthy-tan crackers. This warm gray pairs well with happy yellow as well as mossy green and deep gold.


An Ocean of Color

Dip your toes in an ocean of teals, aquas and emerald, from bright to moody, blue-greens will continue to trend at the top into 2016.



For the first time, Panetone’s Color of the Year 2016 brings together two shades — Rose Quartz, a soft pink, and Serenity, a muted periwinkle-blue.

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Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone charts future color direction and studies how color influences thought, emotions, and physical reactions.

Pantone chose the two subdued tones for 2016 due to their soothing natures, something the Institute believes consumers will be eager for in the coming year.

Whether you prefer glossy or opt for a flat paint finish, Pantone’s engaging color combo works well with other mid-tones — think greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink.

Want to add a wow-factor to your walls? Accentuate with silver or hot brights for more splash.
Many thanks to Diamond Vogel for great suggestions!


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