These Colors Will Be Huge in 2016

The color forecasts are out, and it has never been easier to express yourself. Pick a hue (or two!) from these expert-recommended shades, and get to decorating!

Rose Quartz & Serenity

Photo courtesy of Pantone

Pink is pretty and blue is beautiful, but together these happy hues are twice as nice. This year, Pantone introduced Rose Quartz and Serenity, its first-ever Color of the Year duo. The soft shades are subtle enough to work as neutrals or stand out as a style statememt.

To transition the classic pastels away from the nursery, combine Serenity and Rose Quartz with a mix of neutrals to prevent the shades from becoming too saccharine. 

Discover 17 ways to decorate with Pantone's colors of the year.


Photo courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Not everyone is predicting pastels. Sherwin-Williams established Alabaster, a serene neutral, as its 2016 color of the year. The perfect shade for creating a restful retreat, Alabaster can be layered with other neutrals like beige and gray for sophisticated decor that won't fall flat.

Not ready to abandon all color? Blend Alabaster with rich brights or deep hues for high contrast style.

Discover stylish ways to decorate with neutrals.

Contemporary Brights

Photo courtesy of Behr

If you'd rather make a color statement, try one of Behr's four 2016 color trends complete with 20 all-new paint colors. Ranging from bold and bright to calm and muted, there's a fresh palette for every decorating style.

High Contrast, shown above, incorporates black, pink, emerald, navy, and yellow for fearless modern color. Try a pop of pink on an accent wall, a splash of sunny yellow on furniture, or rich emerald with other jewel tones.

Luxe Dimensions, a softer blend of coral, mustard, navy, and gray, creates refined quarters. For a twist on traditional, incorporate coral and navy accents against warm gray wall color.

Blurred Boundaries provides a contemporary take on classic blues and greens. Pops of copper, plum, and mint make the color palette equally peaceful and posh.

Lyrical Living makes a monochromatic statement with a muted series of gold, whites, and grays.

Simply White

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Simply White, Benjamin Moore's 2016 Color of the Year, offers an escape from everyday stresses. Relax in a living room or bedroom draped in soft neutrals. The versatile shade can be used in small doses on trim, woodwork, or furniture to frame a space, or it can be splashed across walls for a crisp, clean atmosphere.

See how to decorate with white.

Custom Look

Photo courtesy of Valspar

Combat the stress of picking a pretty palette with one of Valspar's 2016 four color trend palettes. Sophisticated, serene, bubbly, bright--each combination will help you achieve a mood that reflects your one-of-a-kind personality.

Comfort Zone, shown above, offers a collection of muted midtones, including blue, lavender, and pink, that promote tranquility. See our tips for decorating with pastels to get this look.

Simply Perfect blends six shades of gray for a fresh and flexible twist on neutrals. Incorporate wood furniture and finishes to warm up the palette. Discover more ways to decorate with gray.

You Do You lets you do just that--express yourself! Bright and zingy blues, reds, and greens make a splash in bathrooms, bedrooms, and outdoor spaces alike. Anchor the hues in white or tan.

Good Company provides an elegant update on jewel tones with dusty emerald, navy, and rose.

Tips For Decorating with Color

With plenty of ways to decorate with color, how do you know where to start? BHG editor Eddie Ross offers a few smart pointers.


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