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  • Interior Color Trends for 2016

    It’s interior color trends time again, and that means one thing: the latest Pantone Color Report is out and ready to be analyzed! In case you don’t know, the Pantone Color Institute provides color trend forecasting and product palette development, thus helping companies make decisions about the colors for their products. It’s because of organizations like Pantone that suddenly it seems orange cushions are being sold everywhere!

    For homeowners, renovators, designers and developers the report is an opportunity to update interior design color trends so that they feel fresh, contemporary and fashionable. And because Pantone aims to “bring together the science and emotion of color”, their reports often tap into the underlying sentiments that are being reflected in popular culture and the themes and ideas that dominate cultural and political debate.

    2016 interior color trends - introSo, for Spring 2016 the color report, which influences everything from interior paint color trends to hair color trends, has picked up on influences such as “the world of art, new global doors opening and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind” to forecast a “palette that is first and foremost calming… paying homage to the beauty of natural resources, colors emerging in the Spring collections serve as vehicles… to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.”

    What this means in real terms is a pretty collection of 10 colors that are on the whole pastel or calm in tone, with a few really bright and bold ones to splice energy into the mix. The range of the collection is therefore actually quite large, so that there is almost certainly a color that most people will really like and that will be easy to incorporate into most home décor design styles.

    The collection is also intended to “transcend cultural and gender norms” which is why the “color of the year” for 2016 is actually two of the collection colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. And indeed, these baby pink and lavender blue shades do compliment each other wonderfully, so our money says you’re likely to see soft furnishings accenting both colors in stores soon!

    In the meantime, here are the rest of the Pantone interior color trends for Spring 2016 and how you can incorporate them into your home; and check out our 2016 top interior design trends article for further design inspiration.

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 1: Iced Coffee

    Pantone have described Iced Coffee – a light tan shade – as having “a natural earthy quality… softness and subtlety.” It’s a great interior paint color trend for entry hallways as it instantly welcomes you with a warm, comforting feel. Browns work well in a bedroom too.

    It is also a very flexible color – as a wall color it can be accented with classic, traditional furnishings as in the hallway shown below, or kept simple with more minimalist, contemporary décor.

    iced coffee - tres mckinneySource: tresmckinneydesign.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 2: Peach Echo

    Peach Echo is “a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility… it is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family”.

    This warm and happy tone is a great choice for a living room, where you can relax and enjoy the good company of your friends and family. Mix peachy tones with yellows, taupes and grapes, as in the living room below, to create a mellow vibe.

    peach echo - houseandhouseSource: www.houseandhouse.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 3: Green Flash

    Pantone says that their verdant Green Flash represents a willingness to “explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane” and that the color “is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments”.

    We love it as an unusual splash of color and think it would make a great 2016 kitchen color trend, as shown below – the fresh, brilliant tone is a welcome break to the brown, white and neutral color scheme, and somehow we can easily imagine creating wonderfully organic, delicious meals in that space. Check out our green bedroom ideas too.

    green flash - bark designSource: www.barkdesign.com.au

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 4: Rose Quartz

    A pretty, pink shade, Rose Quartz is described by Pantone as “a persuasive yet gentle tone…[which]… reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.”

    For us, Rose Quartz is a great home interior color trend when used as an accent for an informal dining room, highlighted in the pink settee pictured below; this dining room is certainly a space where friends and family will be encouraged to take time out over a meal to discuss and reflect on their lives together.

    rose quartz - pierce allenSource: pierceallen.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 5: Serenity

    Along with Rose Quartz, Pantone’s Serenity make up the 2016 colors of the year, and you can see why. With qualities that are “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us”, Serenity “comforts with a calming effect…[and] a naturally connected sense of space” – a feeling that is very much needed in today’s busy and complicated world.

    It’s a good interior design color trend for a tranquil bedroom space; and in the bedroom pictured below the cool blue headboard has been paired with beautiful, natural, organic materials and textures that are another key décor trend for 2016 (link to 2016 décor trend article here).

    serenity - world marketSource: www.worldmarket.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 6: Buttercup

    Pantone says that the vibrant (almost lemony) yellow Buttercup shade is intended to break up and contrast against the cooler, calming shades of the rest of the 2016 Spring collection, offering “a shining beacon transporting…[you] to a happier, sunnier place.” It’s also perfect as a gender-neutral color for a kids bedroom or nursery!

    Opting for it as an accent in the wallpaper and teaming it with its natural gray counterpart, as in the nursery shown below, is a good way to keep from being overwhelmed with too much sunshine (which you’ll know is actually a good thing in the morning if you’ve ever spent a sleepless night with a baby!)

    buttercup - niche interiorsSource: www.nicheinteriors.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 7: Limpet Shell

    The interior design world’s love affair with turquoise shows little sign of abating, but it is getting a little less vivid. Limpet Shell is this season’s version, which is a light aquamarine color that is “clear, clean and defined… suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.”

    It is a lovely, if somewhat typical, interior color trend for a bathroom. So, rather than choosing a single mono-block tile in that color, opt for an on-trend geometric tile design than incorporates light aqua into the design, like in the bathroom shown below.

    limpet shell - alisa blockSource: www.alisablock.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 8: Lilac Gray

    Gray is still a key neutral this year though Pantone says that with their choice of Lilac Gray, “the subtlety of the lilac undertone… adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade”.

    It’s the kind of no-nonsense color that works very well in a home office, softened slightly by the lilac and made less stark if you pair it with warm wood and natural leather furniture like in the picture below.

    lilac gray - dyer grimesSource: www.dyergrimesarchitects.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 9: Fiesta

    Along with Buttercup and Flash Green, Fiesta is the other color that crashes into the generally pastel palette for 2016. The “strong and fiery, yellow-based red” is very “high energy… [a] harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales.” So, using it as an accent in a high energy space like a home gym, as shown below, is a logical choice!

    fiesta - lair architecturalSource: www.lairphotography.com

    Spring 2016 Color Trend 10: Snorkel Blue

    And finally, as you’ll know from our 2016 décor trends article bold blue tones are big news for interior color trends in 2016. Snorkel Blue, which Pantone describes as “a maritime-inspired blue… but with a happier, more energetic context…[that] implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape” is a great choice for the ultimate escape space: a home cinema!

    Go all in and cover your home cinema from top-to-toe in dramatic, deep blue, like the one below, or use it as an accent – just on the ceiling for example with starry lights to create an open air drive-in kind of feel!

    snorkel blue - electronics design groupSource: edgonline.com

    Have you, or ar eyou planning to, use any of these colors in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room? If so we would love to share the results…just submit your project here.