Each year, paint companies release forecasts to predict paint color trends for the coming year. For 2016, expect a move from cooler colors to slightly warmer tones. Here are our favorites!

By Cyndy Aldred
August 20, 2018

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Instead of the cool blues, grays, and whites popular in 2015, the 2016 color forecasts show a slight shift into warmer blues, greens, grays, and creamy whites.

Midtone blues, greens, and grays with a slight hint of warmth, like Benjamin Moore Sea Pine, used in this space, are predicted to be popular. Transitional colors with a balanced mix of warm and cool undertones are expected to trend throughout the year.

In addition to Sea Pine, more transitional blues thought to be popular in 2016 include Sherwin-Williams Aqua-Sphere and Behr Celadon.

Image via: Heather Blue Harkovich, Photo by: Michael Hunter

Transitional Darks

Darker colors thought to trend in 2016 include deep navy, warm black, and dark chestnut brown. These darker options feature a mix of both cool and warm undertones, allowing them to work well in a variety of lighting situations and design styles. If you're not quite ready to paint an entire room in one of these dark colors, try an accent wall. In this stunning office, Deep Royal from Benjamin Moore is used for gorgeous contrast.

Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze, Behr Emperor's Silk, and Benjamin Moore Black Ink are dark-toned transitional colors predicted to trend in 2016.

Image via: Studio McGee


Both Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore chose whites as their 2016 colors of the year (Simply White from Benjamin Moore and Alabaster from Sherwin-Williams), another indicator that whites will continue to be popular paint picks in 2016. Benjamin Moore Simply White, seen in this beautiful kitchen design from Studio McGee, is a white with a very slight hint of warmth, which makes it one of the most versatile whites available.

Along with Simply White and Alabaster, other white paint colors forecasted to popular in the coming year include Behr Ivory Keys and Benjamin Moore Paper White.

Image via: Studio McGee

Warm Grays

The cooler grays of 2015 are forecasted to warm up just slightly in 2016 as we continue to move slowly into warmer yellow undertones. Grays such as Sherwin-Williams Mindful Gray, seen on the cabinets in this crafts room, are expected to be popular.

Dunn Edwards Carrara, Sherwin-Williams Pewter Cast, and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, seen here, are also predicted to be top choices for grays.


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