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6 Color and Painting Trends for 2016 !

6 Color and Painting Trends for 2016

Whether we want to believe it or not, 2016 is approaching fast! In fact, many major paint brands including Sherwin Williams, Behr and Dunn Edwards have all released 2016 color trends and predictions for what next year has in store in terms of colors and design. Each of these guides is unique, so we wanted to look at the common themes in order to provide solid predictions for 2016 paint color trends. Based on our research, this list below includes MB Jessee's predictions for 6 color and painting trends that will be popular in 2016.

Natural Colors and Designs

Color experts are predicting that 2016 will be a year to embrace natural colors and designs. In terms of color, many of the top named colors represent the natural world. Colors such as marble, alabaster, ivory, gold, copper, and charcoal are all consistently chosen as 2016 color trends. Water and sky are also represented with a range of light and medium blues. Designers predict that organic shapes and smooth edges will be popular.

Elegant Neutrals

The focus on natural colors also highlights a trend toward elegant neutrals in 2016. The neutrals of choice for the coming year include light versions of cream, beige, gray and green. These colors create a sophisticated look with light colors that lift the spirits. Design will feature classic styling and elegant décor.


Emphasis on Social

The 2016 color trends also point to another trend – the growing social interaction among friends and family during 2016. For example, the dining room is poised to make a huge comeback as people eat out less and instead enjoy meals at home with family. Multifamily and multigenerational living spaces will also be popular, and 2016 will be a time to rediscover the pleasures of social events and parties. These predictions give way to color trends that are nostalgic and that connect generations. This includes mixing neutrals such as cream, brown and gray with friendly colors such as pastel greens, pinks and yellows.

Industrial

2016 will also offer another take on traditional neutrals with the trend of industrial colors. As American manufacturing re-emerges, industrial colors will find their way into the home as well with metallic grays and browns, bronze and pewter. While the industrial trend includes some lighter neutrals, it is here where darker shades of brown, gray, blue and maroon steal the show.

Cool Futuristic Colors

The continued growth of technology, from computer chips and personal devices to drones and 3-d printing, is also forecasted for 2016 and beyond. With this comes a trend toward cool colors that represent a futuristic tomorrow. Within this trend we see colors such as icy blue, shimmering pewter, and deep colors such as plums and purples. Gloss finishes are also a part of this trend, particularly for ceilings, trim and cabinetry.


Pops of Color, Texture and Sheen

While neutrals, including creams, tans, browns, grays, blues and greens, are prominent in the 2016 color trends, there are also some more vibrant colors included. In most predictions, these colors will be used to spice up the other 2016 colors, adding a pop of color that creates a dramatic statement against darker colors, or adds an unexpected focal point in an otherwise neutral room. Two specific colors that will be popular are magenta and canary yellow. Designers will also use texture and sheen to create intrigue in 2016 designs.

If you view the Sherwin Williams, Behr, and Dunn Edwards 2016 color predictions, you’ll likely agree that this is a good overall summary of 2016 color trends.In case of any changes, we’ll keep you updated through this blog and our Paint Colors Pinterest board.

In case of any changes, we'll keep you updated through this blog and our Paint Colors Pinterest board.

MB Jessee is residential and commercial panting contractor, serving the San Francisco & East Bay Areas. Among our interior and exterior painting services, we offer custom color mixing, which allows homeowners to have any color they desire. Learn more about our custom color mixing, or contact us directly at (510) 655-7000 to discuss your next painting project.

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