2016 Color of the Year for Your Home

How excited are you about the 2016 Color of the Year?

Even if you have not been breathless with anticipation, there is a value to watching as the 2016 Colors of the Year develop into trends that help you  freshen up the look of your home.

There is not much controversy between the two leading paint companies, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Both select a version of white consistent with the current cultural desire for calm and simplicity.

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Benjamin Moore Simply White Video      Sherwin Williams Alabaster Video

From the standpoint of architectural integrity and composition, we agree with the importance of the color white in all of its variations.

However, when Pantone pioneered two interacting Colors of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz & Serenity, a new understanding of color direction emerged.

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Pantone Colors of the Year 2016 Video

Interplay or the interaction of color becomes the theme running through the 2016 color predictions.

Interplay is a technique we often use when creating interior and exterior architectural statements.  Here are some of our favorite ideas that will help you update the color impression of your home.

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Layer subtle shades of white to create dimension and refined nuance.

defining texture contrast white

Define architecture with white as a brilliant contrast to exterior color and material schemes.

Create restful space by applying the meditative quality of white or a pastel.

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Energize by contrasting a bold wall color with crisp white trim.

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Emphasize texture and enhance natural rustic materials with the calming contrast of white.

The Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year were selected with the intention of pairing calm harmonious hues. The specific color is not as significant as the fluidity of the pairing.    Keep balance in mind when applying color to your home and you will be on track for 2016.

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