The Hottest Colors for 2016, According to Paint Companies
What's popular among interior designers and DIYers
Color-trend forecasters have spoken about the paint-color trends worthy of your walls for the New Year, and there's something for everyone, even several options for lovers of white. Read on to find out what shades top paint companies think you should spend your hard-earned cash on in 2016.
Can white be a color trend? Yes, say experts at Benjamin Moore Color Studio, where researchers found the versatile hue in both traditional and modern spaces. "The color white is transcendent, powerful, and polarizing," says creative director Ellen O'Neill. The company's forecast includes many shades of white, with Simply White OC-117 front and center.
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Rather than one single colorway, Valspar presented four palettes—Simply Perfect (shown), Comfort Zone, You Do You, and Good Company—along with the perfect white pairing for each set. This gray-dominant room proves that pops of color aren't reserved for all-white rooms. "There's no question that gray is the dominant shade of the decade and today's default neutral," says color strategist Sue Kim. Paint-color names differ between retailers.
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This soft grayish-green is from a trio of calm colors that Colorhouse pros zeroed in on as a reminder of authenticity in an of-the-moment world filled with selfies and photo filters. As seen here, the shade pairs nicely with roughhewn, upcycled, or natural elements of wood, metal, and leather.
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There's more than one industry player placing the spotlight on gray. Kelly-Moore Paints selected Horizon Gray KM4858 after a survey of interior designers and members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). "Within the 2016 palette, we see a shift from cleaner, high chroma colors, to more softened, calmer colors," says manager of color marketing Mary Lawlor. She notes that the shade works especially well in (but shouldn't be limited to) bedrooms and living areas.
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Glidden also points to a shade of white as 2016's noteworthy trend. The company's experts agreed on Cappuccino White (45YY 74/073) as a delicate, creamy neutral that creates a peaceful calm in any space. Here, it complements a light neutral in a bright, airy kitchen.
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Pretty much the exact opposite of a creamy neutral, this unapologetic blue gets the nod from Olympic. The brand named Blue Cloud (D48-5) color of the year for its sparkling and deep undertone that resembles the ocean on a clear day. The staging in this bedroom may be too bold for some, so experts recommend mixing the bright hue with neutral tones.
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Green is another calm tone getting a lot of love this year. PPG The Voice of Color selected the serious green of Paradise Found (PPG1135-5) as their color of note. The quiet shade fits in perfectly with natural environments, demonstrated in this charming patio.
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Not for the faint of heart, Fine Paints of Europe selected Piano Key #0029 as its top color choice for the year. "From high-fashion gowns to high-gloss paint, black is at once classic and rebellious, prestigious and edgy," says staff colorist Emmett Fiore. Fiore suggests accentuating with white, or pairing with jewel tones for a seductive look. Here, the glossy black creates a surreal mirror-like effect on a ceiling.
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If you crave something dark but fear black, Annie Sloan has the green for you. She singled out Olive as one of her favorite richer colors perfect for 2016. "The trend is away from brown furniture and brown kitchens—I love how people are embracing these cool, dark colors to update their kitchen cabinets," says Sloan.
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A shade of white that hovers between warm and cool is on point for 2016. Sherwin-Williams's Alabaster (SW 7008) offers visual relief for an uncluttered look. "Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white," says director of color marketing Jackie Jordan. The tone hits just the right note in this blissful bath space.
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Behr's four color palettes—Luxe Dimension (shown), High Contrast, Blurred Boundaries, and Lyrical Living—aim to enliven interiors with stimulating hues. The company's color experts pinpoint this palette as one full of strong colors with potential for bold contrasting in a room, like this home office.
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Earthy naturals reign supreme in the Dunn-Edwards color palette Back at the Ranch (shown), which embodies the wild of the farm and desert. The four others—to the Manor Born, Midnight at Bar do Copa, Summer Camp, and an Island to Myself—are disparate in theme, but all possess color confidence by pairing darker midtones with milky pastels, and other surprising combos. The white walls in this transitional area put exposed beams and other rustic details on display.