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2016 Colors of the Year

It’s that time of year again when the colors of the year are announced and trend reports speculate on which exciting new products are on the horizon in various industries.   It’s always fun to anticipate what colors they think will be hot and trendy.


Benjamin Moore announced that their 2016 color of the year is Simply White, OC-117.  I have to admit I was quite surprised at this non color.   Benjamin Moore’s thought process was the timelessness and versatility of white.  Striking contrasts and bold lines can be created, allowing more of a focused palette.  Layered whites can create a subtle beauty and warm ambiance in a room.


Sherwin Williams then announced their pick for 2016 was Alabaster, SW 7008. The director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams states that the color represents spirituality, an oasis of calmness, and a relief that “less is more”.  Alabaster is not stark but rather an understated hue of white.  Alabaster is quite a switch from the SW color of 2015, Coral Reef, and clearly, I wonder what the paint companies are thinking in choosing these subtle tones.

With both of these neutrals, of course, any color of the spectrum can be incorporated into a color palette.


Finally, the Pantone Institute, which selects a color for all industries, has chosen the blending of two colors as their color of the year – Rose Quartz, 13-1520, and Serenity, 15-3919.  This is quite a change from the 2015 color of Marsala and previous bolder colors.  According to Pantone, Rose Quartz and Serenity joined together, “demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”



The sense of calmness and an oasis-like feeling seems to piggyback on the white tones selected by the two paint companies.  The thought is to bring feelings of respite and relaxation in turbulent times.


The initial reaction was that it felt like a gender reveal for twins!  It will be interesting where the home furnishings industry takes these two colors.  Let me know your thoughts!