Keep Calm and Color On

The colors that have dominated design trends for the past several years are toning down.

According to Sherwin-Williams, “alabaster” is the color for 2016, while the Color Marketing Group says “uni-blue” is the North American key color to follow. Interestingly, Pantone says, “rose quartz and serenity”—a blend of two soft tones—are the colors of the year.

The complexity, intensity and negativity of our world has most of us searching for an opportunity to disconnect and take a breath. While all slightly different, the common thread with the 2016 colors is a feeling of neutral and calm. Bonnie Pressley, interior designer for Decorating Den Interiors, says, “I think the two colors of the year from Pantone represent a need for peace and relaxation from all the turmoil we’re bombarded with on the news.”

Couple the intensity of our world with the blurred lines of gender and we see almost a demand for neutrality in our color selections. With more women in the executive suite and more men in the kitchen, color trends seek to encourage and complement our lives.

Janice Jones, national vice president of merchandising for PulteGroup, says, “We’re moving away from the thematic kids’ rooms and pictures of families to making sure that our designs are appealing to all.”

No matter the reason, it’s easy to incorporate the new color trends into most any design. Angela Sims-Nuessle, member of the Color Marketing Group, says, “The 2016 color trends offer a nice bridge from warm to cool and allow for a lot of flexibility in design.” Introducing neutrals and softer tones is a great way to relax the atmosphere of a room, add a sense of calm and create an inviting retreat.

Paint in Pantone’s Colors of the Year

Sherwin-Williams version of serenity: Aleutian SW 6241

Sherwin-Williams version of rose quartz: Charming Pink SW 6309

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