What Are Some Projected Color Trends for the Future?


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According to the Pantone Color Institute, color trends for 2016 feature neutrals drawn from natural materials such as clay and sheepskin and deep contrasts between intense colors such as cobalt and softer shades of the same color with an overall emphasis on oranges, yellows, teals and greens.

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Current color in design is trending away from bright, tropical shades and high-contrast neutrals toward more muted and natural but still intense hues. Harmony collections include tints and shades of muted blues, soft natural greens and warm brown caramel and tan tones. New pastel shades include pale blues, peaches and yellows. These provide contrast with palettes that feature bright shades of green, yellow juxtaposed with hot pinks and oranges, while stronger blues and greens and intense jewel tones fill a rich spectrum with few fluorescent notes. In addition to neutrals drawn from nature, colors from military dress, such as navy, black, khaki and regimental green, add deep contrast.

The Pantone Color Institute, a global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, has organized its new colors for interior design into nine palettes: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage and Soft Focus, followed by Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag. These choices jibe with the new palettes developed by PPG The Voice of Color.

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