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Dunn-Edwards Names 2016 Color Trends

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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A Dunn-Edwards color expert has predicted shades of pink and rose will be hot choices in 2016.

However, Sara McLean said the trends this year will go beyond a single color, according to a recent statement.

“I believe that the combination of colors tell the story,” she said. “It’s about the entire palette and how a collection of colors evokes a feeling, an era or a scene.”

Pinks and Roses

Dunn-Edwards examined color trends in modern fashion, lifestyle and culture to forecast what will be influential paint hues popular in home design this year.


Roses and pinks, traditionally held for more juvenile design, are becoming influential and more sophisticated.

Roses and pinks, traditionally held for more juvenile design, are becoming influential and more sophisticated. McLean said she observed soft blushing pinks have made their way into recent fashion, makeup and even automotive designs.

An example of this is Dunn-Edwards’ Minimal Rose (DE 5015), which is “a playful and modern pink that pairs well with other pastels for a retro vibe.

“Another harmonious pairing would be with blues and gray for a Scandinavian influence,” she said. “Try rose pink with a warm neutral for a traditional, more vintage color palette.”

Other Trends

Other colors that will be influential in home design this year include:

  • Reds leaning darker toward burgundy and Bordeaux;
  • Oranges trending toward grapefruit, bright corals and softened peach tones;
  • Yellow taking on acidity with greenish tones;
  • Prevalent blues such as turquoise, deep indigo, navy and periwinkle;
  • Warm neutrals moving toward infusions of coffee, caramel, chocolate and honey;
  • Cool neutrals show colored grays with blends of green, blue or smoke; and
  • Newest neutrals are warm with undertones of red, earthy hues.

Sara McLean explains 2016 color trends.

Trendy pairings include:

  • Fresh and fruity pastel combinations;
  • Deep blues contrasted by stark whites for a classic, modern palette; and
  • Rainbow coloring, color blocking, flecked and speckled coloring, and abundant florals.

In addition to Dunn-Edwards’ complete 2016 forecast, McLean chose five paint palettes that range from serene violets and taupe to vivid marigold and tomato red.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Color; Color + Design; Color + Design; Color forecasts; Design; Dunn-Edwards; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Interior design; Interior Wall Coatings; Latin America; North America

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