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2016 Paint Color Trends

calander Jul 13 , 2016 user-icon Nash Painting

Getting ready to paint your house? Make sure to do your research to find the best possible color combinations and trends. Several major paint companies have released their 2016 color forecasts. Here we feature some of our favorites.

High Contrast

The dining room is experiencing a revival. With many people now opting to stay at home to cook and entertain, there is a need for spaces that activate the senses. This is why Behr has introduced its High Contrast color pallette. Playful colors, textures and patterns help ensure guests stay entertained and excited throughout the entire dinner party.

Dark colors help to create the illusion of depth, while brilliant pops of tropical color envelope the room in adventurous style. Colors to use in high contrast spaces include: Black Pearl, Pagoda, Emperor’s Silk and Galapagos, and Canary Diamond.

Luxe Dimension

Home offices have gotten a bit of an update as well. The traditional boring home office is being revitalized with strong color, gold detailing and geometric patterns.

Behr’s Luxe Dimension makes use of both bright and dark colors catch the eye, while neutral tones with gold and sapphire make the room radiate. To achieve this look use, use colors such as: Penthouse View, Coralette, Fifth Olive-Neu, Citronne, and Blue Vortex.

Pura Vida

This new paint collection from Sherwin Williams reminds us to live well, be well and stay well—all essential elements to creating a space to unplug. It uses inspiration from natural materials, such as honed and sheer. The colors provide a sense of orderliness, helping us to make memories and savor the moment.

Colors in this collection include: Ramie, Ancient Marble, Alabaster, Unfussy Beige, Doeskin, Wool Skein, Neutral Ground, Useful Grey and Grey Area.

Más Amor Por Favor

Another one by Sherwin Williams, Más Amor Por Favor is a color palette driven by social engagement as well as social media. As we continue to come together in intimate gatherings, garden parties and outdoor weddings, this palette helps to connect generations with dashing greens and cheeky pinks. It is crispfully modern and soulfully vintage.

Colors in this collection include: Different Gold, Kind Green, Tansy Green, Friendly Yellow, Memorable Rose, Memorable Rose, Van Dyke Brown, Charming Pink and Juneberry.


The biggest consistency in these color forecasts is technology as well as the need for us to create spaces and environments to unplug and savor the moments. In addition, many of the colors have yellow/green undertones, showing that we are moving toward warmer colors.

Need help picking the right paint color? Check out this article on how to choose a paint color that fits your home.