Trend Forecast: Key Colours for 2016
From romantic dusty pinks to dark and moody blues, 2016 colour trends are sure to have something to suit all tastes
Dusty pinks and feminine blush colours will be a huge look for next year. Their popularity is being predicted by Porter’s Paints, Haymes and Taubmans, so if you are a fan of pastels then you are sure to be on trend in 2016.
According to Shaynna Blaze, Taubmans’ colour consultant and brand ambassador, we should look out for bedlinens, soft furnishings such as cushions and throws, and also candles and accessories in these muted feminine tones. “The blush colours will suit linens and accessories and painted surfaces, like walls,” says Blaze, “but not so much the hard surfaces of your home.”
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Dusted Violet’ from Taubmans
When I asked Maree Hale from Porter’s Paints what colours she thinks we will be seeing a lot of in 2016, she said that she can see “a stronger pull towards exotic burnt oranges” moving forward into 2016.
DESIGNER TIP: “Consider teaming burnt oranges with natural timbers and charcoals for an earthy appearance. Or to amp up the glamour, add elements of blue/black and gold for a chic effect,” suggests Hale.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Lhasa’ from Porter’s Paints
Fiona Parry-Jones, creative director at Von Haus Design Studio (Haymes) predicts a subdued palette for the new year. “Two colours I think will get noticed a lot in 2016 are the more earthy pastels like smoky greys and peachy pinks that reference natural and chalky minerals,” she says.
If you love grey and white marble then you will be glad to hear it will still be a big hit in 2016. Parry-Jones suggests adding brass to the look to create a harmonious space. “Brass will be more popular this year to create the wow factor.”
DESIGNER TIP: Blaze agrees, but advises that if you are keen to achieve a grown-up feel, the colours can not only be layered with metallics but also finished with touches of deep navy.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Grey Shadow‘ or ‘Smoky Silhouette’ from Haymes
A muted palette of pinks and greys can be used to create a simplistic feel that is also very elegant and earthy, perfect in both bedrooms and living areas.
“White-washed linen bedcovers and pink velvets will be a highlight,” says Parry-Jones, “and I think we will see a lot of handmade ceramics and porcelain in lighting and unique sculpted homewares.”
She also suggests layering these colours with chalky whites, natural stones and metallics to create subtle textures and relaxed spaces.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Iris White’ from Haymes
Soft pastel tones as we know them will be receiving an injection of sophistication in 2016, according to Blaze. “In the new year, there will be a few new colourways on trend,” she says. “The most popular shades will be smoky blues and greys teamed with feminine blush colours.”
Lounge rooms and bedrooms will benefit the most from this soft and soothing colour trend. But Blaze suggests we introduce these shades into other rooms of the house as well. They can be used on almost any surface such as walls, soft furnishings, kitchen surfaces and “even hard surfaces like flooring and tiles,” she says.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Blue Thistle’ from Taubmans
When incorporating colours into a space in our homes, Maree Hale from Porter’s recommends we “first consider the atmosphere you would like to create, and layer elements to create an enriching space.”
“Teaming pinks with touches of rose gold and a slightly blue or purple-based grey can provide a graphic quality or, for subtle glamour, consider a mid-tone linen colouring,” says Hale.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Rock Salt’ from Porter’s Paints
Hale says that along with burnt oranges, we will see a lot of “dusty pinks in all strengths”.
DESIGNER TIP: Add visual interest by playing around with tone and texture. Hale says we can achieve this by “using a colour from the same family but in different strengths and sheen levels,” such as a flat matt finish teamed with a glossy enamel.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ from Dulux
Dulux Colour Planning & Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr says that “an emphasis on dark, moody hues will heavily influence design in the coming year.” This look can be seen in the Dulux 2016 Colour Trends Infinite Worlds palette, which consists of deep greens and blues with pops of yellow and pink.
DESIGNER TIP: Lucena-Orr suggests adding accessories and soft furnishings in acid tones, such as vibrant yellows and greens, to a room to inject an unexpected yet welcome splash of colour.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Night Life’ from Dulux
Continuing her dark-toned prediction, Lucena-Orr says to look out for moody sea blues, dark purples, deep blue greens and even charcoal tones to create a striking look. If you are brave enough to go dark, then using these colours on your walls will create a dramatic effect. Otherwise they can be used on furniture and accessories against a more subtle background.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Domino’ from Dulux
Use rich deep colours to evoke emotions, and add to the ambience in a room. From contemporary bedrooms to a classic living room, such colours “can be easily adapted to virtually any room in the home,” says Lucena-Orr.
Choosing deep, rich colourways is a very specific look so she suggests you “also need to review your existing furnishings to ensure the tones will work with fittings that cannot be changed easily. You may need to swap over furniture within your home to add to the ambience.”
DESIGNER TIP: “Consider the lighting in the space to ensure you are making the most of natural daylight and creating a beautiful experience,” advises Lucena-Orr.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Marrakesh Red’ from Dulux
Shaynna Blaze has another prediction for us: “The unexpected colour trend this year is a taupe-like shade. As a darker neutral, taupe can be used as an accent for your fresh, new look.”
DESIGNER TIP: Use this colour on accessories such as cushions, throws and lamps against a backdrop of dusty pinks, to create a calming and relaxed space.
COLOUR TO USE: ‘Traveller’ from Taubmans
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