The Hottest Paint Colors of 2016

Looking for some inspiration on what colors to use for your next home makeover? Although Pantone has named Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue as the top colors for 2016, paint companies and interior designers are pointing to classic shades of white, gray and black this year. Let’s take a look.

White is Trending:

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016


Sherwin-Williams named Alabaster (SW 7008) as its top color for 2016. Benjamin Moore followed suit with Simply White (OC-117). Glidden chose Cappuccino White (45YY 74/073) as the trendiest color of 2016. So is the world of interior design really going back to the white walls that were standard fare in the 1950s? Yes, although this time, white has taken on a decidedly modern spin with a variety of trendy shades and new ways to use it in your home.

White plays a big role in minimalistic, contemporary design. It sets the stage for black-and-white rooms with pops of color that come from natural elements to create spaces that transcend everyday life and create an oasis of calm. It’s also playing a big role in wood flooring and furniture. The distressed look is all the rage, especially when the wood has been painted white before being distressed to give it a cozy cottage look.

Gray is the New Beige

Valspar 2016 Color Pallete
Kelly Moore Color of the Year 2016

Valspar put together four palettes for 2016, and its Simply Perfect palette is dominated by gray tones. What’s more, Kelly-Moore named Horizon Gray (KM4858) the company’s paint color of the year. In today’s modern homes, gray is the go-to neutral. It’s not just for walls either; gray is also the hot color in flooring as well.

Use gray (now commonly referred to as greige) on your walls as a base, and then compliment it with furniture and other pieces in black or varying shades of gray. Just as you would with an all-white room, add pops of color using accessories, plush fabrics or furniture that serve as the focal point of the room.

Color of the Year – Glass .02

The professionals at Colorhouse named Glass .02, a unique combination of warm gray and pale green, as their color of the year. This tone helps to create an ambiance that’s exceptionally calming. It pairs well with trendy natural elements sisal rugs, wicker baskets and distressed or reclaimed flooring.

Back in Black

Fine Paints of Europe Color of the Year 2016

In keeping with the simple, minimalist styles, Fine Paints of Europe color experts have chosen Piano Key (0029) as its choice of color for the year. Pair this rich black with crisp whites, jewel tones or even mirrors to get a look that’s as bold, edgy and as contemporary as it gets.

For more color ideas, look to Sherwin-Williams’ 2016 Color Forecast, which showcases palettes in its four new collections: Pura Vida, Mas Amor Por Favor and Nouveau Narrative and Trajectory.

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