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Interior Design Color of the Year Trends for 2016

Every year, paint companies put out their picks for the color that will be the number one trend and set the tone for new color schemes. This year, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are in relative agreement, while PPG Paints' and Pantone's (considered the "world renowned authority on color" and leading edge on color trends) choices offer different perspectives.

Benjamin Moore's Simply White - Benjamin Moore is emphasizing "layered whites" for subtle shadings and light play. White is also perfect to create crisp contrasts and sharp definition against vivid or dark colors in the room's trim, accent wall, focal point or bold-colored accessories.

PPG Paints' Paradise Found - PPG describes this shade as an "organic aloe green with an undertone of blue" that instills a "sense of ease and rejuvenation". In color therapy terms, green promotes emotional harmony and balance and is, of course, the color of nature. PPG's aloe green on walls or as an accent will add a soft dimension to your decor.

Sherwin Williams' Alabaster - Creating a subtle contrast when used with pure white, Alabaster is a softer tone that the company describes as "an oasis of calmness" as well as being "understated and alluring". It's great as a stand-alone color or to gently offset other contrasting colors.

Pantone's Rose Quartz and Serenity - For the first time, Pantone is joining two colors to create "an antidote to modern day stresses". According to Pantone, bringing together a warm shade of rose and a cooler yet serene blue "challenges traditional perceptions of color association."

An article on Houzz states that four paint companies have chosen various off-white hues as their 2016 color of the year. They tend to drift from crisp white into softer, creamier, and calmer tones:

  • Benjamin Moore (Simply White)
  • Sherwin Williams (Alabaster)
  • Behr (Ivory Keys)
  • Glidden (Cappuccino White)

The one thing that all these color trends have in common is a move toward more serene tones that create an escape from an overly connected, turbulent and hectic world. Ultimately, of course, the choice is yours. It's your home, and your surroundings are important to create the ambiance and tone for you, your family, and your lifestyle.

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