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The Look for Your Home: 2016’s Plethora of Paint Palettes Feature Colors for all Tastes

Mar 16, 2016 02:43PM ● By Cate Reynolds
With spring comes color and not with only the birds, bees, gardens, and trees…but also every major paint manufacturer. As much as the outside world is blooming in renewal, so too can your home. For any do-it-yourselfer or hired hand, there are carefully crafted swatches of color matched together by the experts representing each brand of paint. And while many designers—and we’re talking everyone from graphic to fashion—turn to Pantone for immediate inspiration from their selected “Color of the Year” (actually two in ’16—Rose Quartz and Serenity), they and you might be surprised by what other colors are trending, thanks to those who want to help you help your home.

So take a look at each room in your house and ponder the possibilities. The rooms and paints depicted on the following pages are but a fraction of the color combos currently available. Enjoy exploring.



Sherwin Williams has developed four unique palettes for their 2016 color forecast, one of which is titled “Mas Amor Por Favor.” In their words, “Meaningful change begins locally. Driven by social engagements as much as social media, we’re coming together to rediscover the pleasures of intimate gatherings, garden parties, personalized outdoor weddings—along with playful indulgences like champagne towers and vintage florals. Multifamily living is back, and this palette connects across generations: dashing greens and cheeky pinks with a flower power that’s as crisply modern as it is soulfully vintage.”



Again, we turn to Sherwin Williams, and their palette titled “Trajectory” described as, “Technology’s pace has us living in a constant state of wonder. The boundaries between art, science, and commerce continue to blur as increasingly powerful computer chips and extreme materials combine to expand the possible. Augmented reality, 3-D printers, drones, interiors that adapt to our bodies. Apps and sensors make everyday chores feel frictionless. The future keeps arriving, in icy blues, shimmering pewter, sophisticated plums, and other mesmerizing hues in stunning gloss finishes.”



Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year is “Simply White,” which, all told, is a color that works well with many palettes. The company has considered a mix of hues to match with Simply White, some of which are bold and bright contrasts, as seen in this image. In their words, “Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black. This digital designer’s cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colors punctuate the black and white landscape.”



For 2016, Behr has concocted four palette collections, each a harmonious blend of colors that play to different personalities. With enticing names like “High Contrast,” “Luxe Dimensions,” and “Blurred Boundaries,” the collections inspire a mix of sophistication and whimsy. We take a look at the collection “Lyrical Living” on this page, which leans more toward elegance.



Pittsburgh Paints, renowned for its “Voice of Color” program, has created four collections all based off it’s 2016 Color of the Year, “Paradise Found,” described as a “green inspired by the consumer search for security, protection, privacy, and resilience in an uncertain world.”