Every year, paint companies put out their picks for the color that will be the number one trend and set the tone for new color schemes. This year, at least four are in relative agreement, while a different paint company and Pantone's (considered the "world renowned authority on color" and leading edge on color trends) choices offer different perspectives.
An article on Houzz ( houzz.com, an online community where over 35 million design and home improvement professionals share ideas and photos with homeowners) states that four major paint companies have chosen various white and off-white hues as their 2016 color of the year. Each shade of white being highlighted is different; they drift from crisp white into softer, creamier, and calmer tones.
1. Simply White - This year, there's emphasis on layering different shades of white to create subtle shadings and light play. White is also perfect to create crisp contrasts and sharp definition against vivid or dark colors in the room's trim, accent wall, focal point or bold-colored accessories.
2. Alabaster - Creating a subtle contrast when used with pure white, Alabaster is a softer tone that is intended to give an impression of understated calmness with a touch of allure. It's great as a stand-alone color or to gently offset other organic shades.
3. Ivory Keys - The beauty of off-white is that it's so versatile: it can take on a sleek, contemporary look when paired with vivid hues; it can offset other shades of white to add dimension and depth to a space; it can act as negative space and allow more dominant colors to pop; or it can be warmed up with fabrics, woods, and colors.
4. Cappuccino White - With its creamy, luxurious look, this warm white works well paired with muted tones of mauve, ocean blue, teal, rich brown, black and more.
Two companies struck out independently of those choosing shades of white, but they still underscore the trend of lighter, gentler color tones.
Paradise Found - This shade is described as an "organic aloe green with an undertone of blue" that instills a "sense of ease and rejuvenation." In color therapy terms, green promotes emotional harmony and balance and is, of course, the color of nature. Using aloe green on walls or as an accent will add a naturally soft, gentle dimension to your decor.
Pantone's Rose Quartz and Serenity - Surprising many design professionals, for the first time Pantone is joining two colors to create "an antidote to modern day stresses." According to Pantone, bringing together a warm shade of rose and a cooler yet serene blue "challenges traditional perceptions of color association". If you're concerned about committing full wall space to these colors but still want to incorporate them into your design scheme, use them instead as accent pillows, accessories, or throws.
The one thing that all these color trends have in common is a move toward more serene tones that create an escape from an overly connected, turbulent and hectic world. Ultimately, of course, the choice is yours. It's your home, and the surroundings you choose are important to create the ambiance and set the proper tone for you, your family, and your lifestyle.