Interior Design Trend-Spotters and Influencers Announce 2016 Color of the Year Picks

Interior Design Trend-Spotters and Influencers Announce 2016 Color of the Year Picks

Increasing stress and strife make soft, muted colors even more popular.

Just in time for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) that will take place January 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the nation’s leading observers and influencers of design trends have announced their selections for color of the year for 2016.

Both Benjamin Moore and Behr announced classic, off-white shades as the most on-trend colors entering 2016 – Simply White and Ivory Keys, respectively. In making its annual selection, Benjamin Moore’s experts track trends in home furnishings, fashion, art and architecture. The company’s creative director, Ellen O’Neill, expressed the design industry’s growing affection for white. “White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential, she said. “It was inevitable that we would ultimately recognize white as our Color of the Year.” Five of BM’s top-selling paint colors are variants of white. Simply White is considered the most neutral among them, gauged under various lighting conditions.

Sherwin-Williams and Glidden might have used the same crystal ball in forecasting their Alabaster and Cappuccino White, respectively, as 2016’s most popular paint colors. In explaining the benefits of Alabaster on our otherwise over-stimulated psyches, Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams offered, “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief.” In much the same way, Glidden’s lightly-tinted Cappuccino White, described as a “calm and creamy neutral that pairs well with other delicate colors to create a warm, peaceful color palette,” aims to warm a room and to soothe the weary soul.

PPG and Kelly-Moore Paints each reached similar, but slightly different conclusions. PPG named their Paradise Found – a soft, soothing green – their color of the year. It “represents the ease & rejuvenation one feels in nature,” according to a company post on Pinterest. Kelly-Moore, surveyed interior designers and members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) who selected K-M’s Horizon Gray as the 2016 stand-out. Mary Lawlor, Manager of Color Marketing, agrees there’s a shift to softer, calmer colors, including gray, stating, “Gray continues to take center stage for neutrals and this atmospheric mid-toned gray provides comfort and versatility.”

Color experts at Pantone, whose Pantone Matching System (PMS) helps ensure uniform color standards in printing and in the manufacture of paints, for example, for the first time ever named two different interior colors of the year: serenity – a light blue, and rose quartz – a soft pink. VP Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute explains that “these two inviting shades embody the mindset of tranquility and inner peace consumers seem to be looking for. In the kitchen, whether in tabletop, countertop appliances, flooring or walls, the combination of these two shades helps create a welcoming and comforting space.”

Echoing the sentiment in favor of multiple color picks and roses and pinks in particular, Sara McLean of Dunn-Edwards Paints concurs: “I believe that the combination of colors tells the story. It’s about the entire palette and how a collection of colors evokes a feeling.”

This information was compiled by Butcher Block Co., an online seller of John Boos butcher block tables and islands available in a wide variety of colored bases. BBC strives to stay atop kitchen design trends and to share such information with visitors to its website (


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