Top 2016 Paint Trends for the Home (from Dunn-Edwards Paints)


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Dunn-Edwards Paints examined color inspiration in literature, art, film, history and fashion to forecast five color trends that will be popular next year, evoking different themes and moods within a home, mimicking romantic nineteenth century settings or spiritual meditation retreats.  This 94-page deck is fantastic and includes trend sources, inspirations, design rationale, check lists, great images – BUT ignore the first 10 pages – the good stuff starts on page 11.  Here’s the link. DE+2016+Web-5

Read below for a brief outline of each of the 5 trends.

To the Manor Born – Ideal for: the romantic and introspective.


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Midnight at Bar Do CopaIdeal for: the adventurer, nomad or glamorous globetrotter.


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Color Palette

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Back at the Ranch – Ideal for: the gypsy spirit.

Inspired by the wild and authentic early Western ranches, “Back at the Ranch” colors evoke a weathered, sundrenched atmosphere of a saloon, safari lodge or farmhouse. It includes earthy naturals like cinnamon with bright accents like marigold and tomato red. This is for the home that displays low-key décor with honest materials like wood, leather or Mexican-inspired embroidery.

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Summer CampIdeal for: the happy nostalgic.

This trend embodies the home away from home, like summer family vacations by the lake, camping trips and festivals. “Summer Camp” is a playful palette reminiscent of family outings and home décor of the 50s and 60s. It includes sunny colors, sorbet hues and vintage blues.

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An Island to Myself – Ideal for: visionaries and innovators.

This trend explores the relationship between the digital world and spiritual retreats. “An Island to Myself” was inspired by Asian monks and technological innovations and includes crisp blues, soft gray, violet, taupe and cloud whites to enhance a quiet space for meditation. This trend focuses on simplicity and purity.

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