Colour Trends - 2016

Colour Trends – 2016

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Colour Trends – 2016

Every year, we bring you the picks for the top shades for 2016 from some of the top paint manufacturers.

Benjamin Moore

While colour selections typically vary widely from company to company, one exciting almost colourless colour is Simply White (OC-117) from Benjamin Moore as their Colour of the Year.

White has been making countless appearances in fashion, architecture and home décor. White is transcendent, powerful, polarizing – white is more than a design trend. It’s a design essential. In 2016, white will not play the silent hero.

Accompanied by a curated palette of 22 additional colours, Simply White is part of the Colour Trends 2016 collection and Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year.

Simply White is a perfectly neutral white, whose resilient hue stays true in a variety of lighting, complements a multitude of colours and draws attention to architectural details.

White energizes other colours giving them crisp borders and providing focus.


Another company sporting white on the centre stage of their collection is Sherwin-Williams with Alabaster (SW 7008) as their 2016 Colour of the Year. The colour white, hotly debated as to whether it is a colour at all, has a deeply rooted history filled with symbolic meanings, messages and associations that are speaking to us in a profound way at this place and time.

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, wellbeing and an atmosphere that is pure and simple. It provides an oasis of calm, simplicity, spirituality and less is more visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor is it overly warm, but more exactly an understated and alluring white.” said Jackie Jordan, director of colour marketing, Sherwin-Williams.

Pair it with other neutrals like soft grays, dusty blush hues, light to medium woods tones, honed Carrara marble and other natural materials. This colour sometimes requires an earthy bronze or off black to create Yin Yang harmony and balance. It has no clear-cut design aesthetic making it a versatile foundation for many design sensibilities.

Their colour experts researched global trends to determine the 34 colours that make up the forecast. Grouped into four palettes: Pura Vida, Mas Amor Por Favor, Nouveau Narrative and Trajector, these colours highlight a positive outlook and represent a passionate pursuit toward mindfulness, happiness and well-being. “This year, we forecasted colours that provide a range of inspiration for homeowners to create spaces that surround them with the things that ignite their passions and make them feel happy and healthy.” said Jackie Jordan.


Warm, hypnotic, and calm characterizes Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, FLICKERING FLAME. The surging popularity of gold, copper and rusted metals in design influences our love affair for the rusted down-to-earth colours. Flickering Flame is hot for 2016. It is the essential colour across all design styles from traditional to contemporary. It’s on fire!

Becoming more grounded has, in fact, emerged as the driving force behind the three palettes that make up Beauti-Tone’s Trend Colour Collection for 2016.

PPG – Voice of Colour

There’s safety in colours. That’s the message of PPG THE VOICE OF COLOUR program by the PPG PAINTS brand in unveiling its top paint picks for 2016 – a collection of 22 rich, nurturing hues intended to help create a refuge in the home.

“From sturdy darks such as metal grey and burgundy, to earthen mid-tones such as olive brown and indigo blue, to matted taupes and soft grey-whites, the colours for 2016 emit a sense of serenity and security, whether painted on one wall or all four”, said Valerie Jager, channel marketing manager for PPG Architectural Coatings.

Likening the 2016 paint palette to “a big, warm hug after a long day,” Jager explained that “these colours are like a silent guard, emanating strength and protection in the midst of uncertain times.”

Their Colour of the Year is a soft, muted green called Paradise Found (PPG1135-5). With an earthy edge, it hints at nature while emitting a sturdy, shielding feel, echoing the popular urban militia-inspired look that is showing up on fashion runways, Jager said. Pairing well with muffled plum and armour grey, the new green works particularly well in a family room, living area or bedroom.


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