Colors of 2016

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February 29, 2016
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March 12, 2016

The Color Forecast for 2016

Soft, Cool Colors to Help You Relax

It’s safe to say that we live in very busy times, made busier by the 24/7 connectivity made possible by the Web, wireless, smart phones and all the rest. That’s the reason the Paint Quality Institute has given for predicting a trend toward pale, cool, “chill-out colors” in 2016.

Find Color in the Accessories

This is not a big change from last year, when they predicted muted tones, primarily in the grays. This year, they expect off-whites and very pale blues and greens to be the go-to paint hues. No more “shades of gray,” but still, strong colors, for those of us who want them, will have to come from our carpets, upholstery, plants, and paintings.

There’s nothing at wrong with this, of course. It’s all a matter of taste. Speaking of which, let’s see what colors our favorite paint companies are betting on in 2016

Sherwin-Williams Goes Haut Couture

The paint companies get to have all the fun – they pick the names for their new colors. In 2016, Sherwin-Williams has gone all out, not only in their nominees for the choice colors of the year – Pura Vida, Mas Amor Por Favor, Nouveau Narrative, and Trajectory – but also in their mode of presentation.

Instead of a building or room, Sherwin-Williams decorates four runway models in the color palettes they think express the 2016 mood – or moods, to be more precise. Yes, there are muted tones and cool colors in their paint mixes, but also some brighter tints, for those of us getting a little tired of mute. Mas Amor Por Favor (More Love Please) is certainly a more vocal visual statement.

Benjamin Moore Claims the Moderate Line

Staying more in step with recent tradition (and the Paint Institute), Benjamin Moore has nominated Simply White as Color of the Year. (Maybe in this crazy election year, moderation does have its strong followers.)

They have also stuck with walls, ceilings, and floors for models. Still, the palette they’ve chosen to go with their “layered whites” – while it has a good share of pale tints and grays – does include “Banana Yellow”, “Gentle Violet”, “Royal Flush”, and “Patriot Blue”.

Your Taste Rules

And there you have it: three quite different views of the paint color trends of 2016. Feel free to mix and match from all of them. And remember, as we have said before and will say again, the only trend that really matters is what appeals to you. Choose colors that you would be comfortable living in, mix up the main hue with appealing tints and shades, highlight with some bright accent colors in your furniture, drapes, and other accessories, throw in one richly colored wall (in the same palette, of course), and have fun!

Here’s a link to a good color wheel, and always feel free to contact us here at Home Partners for advice. We have an extensive collection of paint strip samplers that we’d be happy to share with you when you’re dreaming about your Shades of 2016.


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