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Paint Colors You Need to Try in 2016

JANUARY 14, 2016

If you follow our latest obsessions on the Decorist blog, you may have come across the post on Ways to Cozy Up Your Space with Winter Whites. Without question, white interiors are a major design focus in 2016.

If you want our personal opinion here in the Decorist studio, we find it to be about as sophisticated as it gets when it’s executed the right way. And there are just so many ways to do it right.

Although white is always a safe bet, we must confess we’re having multiple color crushes at the moment. We’ve scoured the trend reports and checked in with our talented designers to get their take…and here’s where we’ve landed in terms of our absolute up-to-the-minute favorites.


Simply White


Design forecasters have been heralding white as one of the hottest colors to work with this year and Benjamin Moore has named Simply White OC-117 their

Giving white lots of real estate in a room can have a profound influence on the depth and dimensionality of that space. It can truly transform your living areas and will create a stark contrast with any colored accents you bring in, delivering tons of graphic punch. There’s really nothing basic about it.


White Wall Paint Color Ideas

Photo credit: Decorist


Exhilarating & Energizing


Not for the color timid but certainly every bit worth the risk, playing with high energy color and saturated tones — think deep lilac and warm purples — will bring an aliveness to your space.

What’s different about this year’s saturated color is the clarity and pureness of it — think that exudes a real joy. Vibrant color can be applied to create texture and dimensionality and, frankly, nothing looks better against a crisp white.


Bright Color Paint Ideas

Photo credit: Behr.com


Pink Paint Color Ideas

Photo credit: Atticmag.com


Hushed Blush


Can you say flattering color? The gorgeous muted warm tones of 2016 look positively stunning in a bedroom or bath. But where we really like seeing them is in a room where you’d least expect it — a dining area with rose-colored walls and accents is inviting, atmospheric and somehow conducive to eating and imbibing.

If you’re like us and you look for trends within a trend, you’ll appreciate the muted tonal tapestry that juxtaposes a cool and warm tone of the same depth and density against each another. A fawn or cool gray provides a pretty counterpoint to a soft apricot, for instance. Effortless and quite breathtaking.


Blush Wall Paint Ideas

Photo credit: thedecorista.com


Blue Blush Tone Wall Color

Photo credit: thesweetescape.ca


Deep Earth Tones


Think graphite, deep bronze, earthen greens. Any muddy, murky shade that you wouldn’t necessarily call pretty until it’s safely up on your walls. These hues could be classified as naturals or earth tones, but on the very sueded, saturated end of the spectrum.

We love the absorptive quality of these deep shades. They invite you in and provide great comfort when the day gets a little too hectic. Though they’re rich and dramatic, they emit very little visual noise. If you’ve been wanting to experiment with bright accents — like citron, tangerine, fucsia — these deep earth shades provide the perfect backdrop. 


Earth Tone Paint Color Ideas

Photo credit: Marthastewart.com


Deep Green Wall Paint

Photo credit: Apartment Therapy


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