These Color Trends Are Dominating 2016

Start with your favorite color, then zero in on this year's it-shade.

THE LOOK: PINK

"Imagine a sunset on an August evening, with the fading light shading the sky a gorgeous gray-tinged pink — that's this color. It's restrained and refined in thisManhattan living room, and it serves as a foil to the black sofa and the patinated-bronze coffee table. This apartment is in a skyscraper that dates back to 1929, so the pink is a nod to luxury and exuberence of the Art Deco period. It also references the views of the faded redbrick buildings outside." — Jamie Drake

 

COLOR INSPIRATION: CAMEO PINK

"Like the name implies, this subtle pink has the coral and beige undertones you sometimes find in vintage cameos. It doesn't feel juvenile, and its sophistication worked well in a guest bedroom I designed. The rug and curtains I chose both had fearless patterns, but this soothing pink calmed them down." — Mara Miller

COLOR INSPIRATION: PINK BALLET SLIPPER

"I really want to do blush — that powdery pink I'm seeing more and more in materials like stone and tile, as well as paint. It's a romantic color that warms up the essence of a room, and it doesn't look juvenile at all when you use it with metallic tones, like antique brass or bronze. Bring in some teal or gray-green for even more sophistication." — Jaime Rummerfield

THE LOOK: YELLOW

"Yellows tend to go green or brown, but this shade is clear and bright. I'd take a leap of design faith and pair this hue with a lush upholstered bed and mismatched side tables." —Robert Passal

COLOR INSPIRATION: CORN SILK

"I think of the light streaming through a window in the morning, the warmth of it, and how it has a way of enveloping and comforting you. This mellow yellow creates the same feeling. Alive and chameleon-like, it lends itself to a multitude of palettes." — Charlotte Moss

COLOR INSPIRATION: FUNKY YELLOW

"I want a fresh new start for the year, and this yellow would be very uplifting. It's a yellow with a green base, a citrusy chartreuse that also has warmth, which makes it easier to live with. I see it in a breakfast room or a garden room, with gray, mushroom or taupe. It also works well with plum, mauve or burgundy. Actually, you could add it to almost anything and get a great combination." —Kim Alexandriuk

THE LOOK: GREEN

"This year, I'm seeing soft and sophisticated neutrals everywhere, but not as much on the walls anymore. I'm loving the idea of layering neutral-color furnishings and accessories in rooms with walls painted in intense, saturated colors, like army green." — Jenny Komenda

COLOR INSPIRATION: RELENTLESS OLIVE

"You might not want to live with this spinach green every day, but in a spare room, the deep hue feels enveloping and promotes relaxation. And everything goes with it. I never second-guess a color found in the beauty of nature." — Phoebe Howard

COLOR INSPIRATION: DEEP GREEN

"I've suddenly got this absolute passion for emerald green. It's such a rich, vibrant, exciting color that seems to transcend all the trends, and it works equally well in modern or traditional environments. Like putting a plant in a room, it brings life to a space. Everything feels fresher and takes on this luxurious vibe." — Martyn Lawrence Bullard

THE LOOK: TEAL

"Dark teal is incredibly versatile, it's a color that would equally be at home with rich woods and gilt or with fresh whites and seagrass furniture. A good example of this is the Pacific Ocean Blue I put on the walls of this dining room with dark woods and Parisian bistro chairs." — Capella Kincheloe

COLOR INSPIRATION: RAINSTORM

"I like this deep slate blue. I think people are going for rich, robust colors now, and this would be wonderfully unexpected in an entry, a library or a powder room. I'd pair it with brass or gold accents and animal patterns like leopard or zebra. Do it in high gloss and it will feel both glamorous and contemporary. Grass cloth or tea paper on the ceiling would add to the drama." —Ron Woodson

COLOR INSPIRATION: DARK IRIS

"Versions of navy feel right to me now, and this has a touch of purple, which makes it more feminine. In Los Angeles, where the sun is so bright, you need deep colors that don't wash out in the light. Navy works as a neutral, and it can settle brighter colors like kelly green, hot pink or raspberry. For people who have trouble using black, it does the same thing, but in a softer way." — Christine Markatos

THE LOOK: BLUE

"We've had several years of strong, glossy colors that perhaps [in 2016] we'll start to consider the milkier shades so often found on the wonderfully faded walls of European homes." — Susanna Salk

COLOR INSPIRATION: PARMA GRAY

"I love the fact that they call this gray. It's really quite an extraordinary shade of blue, with a great deal of lavender in it. You could use it anywhere, with black or white accents to set it off. It's such a serene, sophisticated color. And what could be better than entering 2016 with serenity, calm and confidence!" — Marcy Materson

 

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