Every year, designers look forward to the release of color trends. These trends have huge influences on everything from paint colors to furniture fabrics to home décor items like picture frames and vases.
2016 trends are mirroring what we saw in 2015. Teri Moger, designer at Hirshfields in Rochester, Minn., notes 2015 was full of monochromatic color schemes, lots of whites and grays. Everything was very simple and flowing, she says. “There was not a lot of transition with color throughout the house…pretty simple colors, that was our 2015.”
She foresees 2016 being very similar. “I think we’re still going to see the pretty basic color scheme with some bold accents,” she predicts. Paint companies have already released their 2016 color trend palettes, and it’s clear to see: light, simple colors reign supreme for another year.
Sherwin Williams 2016 color of the year is Alabaster, a white with an “oasis of calm simplicity.” Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin Williams, says Alabaster is “’neither stark nor overly warm but rather an understated and alluring white.”
Benjamin Moore has also released their color of the year for 2016. Simply White is a “crisp, clean, multipurpose white,” according to its description.
Why all the emphasis on white and light neutrals again this year?
Andrea Mango, manager of Benjamin Moore’s Color Design Studio, says “White is a perfect way to define a space in a really beautiful and sophisticated way.” By keeping wall colors simple, you can define your own space in your own terms.
If you’re wondering where all the bold colors are, don’t worry, they’re still around. Moger says that brightly painted walls aren’t mainstream, but there are ways to bring in colors that coordinate with your whites. Things such as lamps, mattings in picture frames, throw pillows and bedding are great ways to bring in other trending colors, such as Benjamin Moore’s Blue Echo or Royal Flush which also debuted on their 2016 Color Trends palette.
Overall, the trends maintain warm, earthy undertones.
Just because you like a color trend doesn’t mean you should immediately jump on the bandwagon. Moger cautions that “the most important thing when you’re doing your home is to make sure it flows with your style and what the style of your house is, not necessarily what the trends are.”
Thankfully, with trends as versatile as Alabaster and Simply White, you can feel good about the potential to fit them into your home if you choose.
Pantone weighs in
Pantone has released their well-respected Color of the Year for 2016 and, in a surprise move, has named not one, but two colors.
Rose Quartz and Serenity are the two Colors of the Year this year. Rose Quartz is a lovely soft pink tone, while Serenity is a powdery blue.
“Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.
These two soft colors are a vast departure from the bold colors chosen
over the past years. 2006 was the last time a softer color was chosen; choices since then have included Blue Iris, Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Emerald and last year’s popular hit Marsala.