Better Homes and Gardens 2016 Color Palette of the Year

A fresh and optimistic color palette

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer

Better Homes and Gardens just released it’s color palette of the year and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier. It’s a great mix of warm and cool colors, feminine and masculine, and calm and excitement.

 

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This color palette is very realistic. It can work for so many spaces because of it’s diversity. To start with, it stays grounded with the dark slate blue paired with a perfect gray. A silvery green is added for balance. A delicate pink that isn’t overwhelming adds to the calm feeling and adds a little femininity. Add a bright orange to the mix and it’s an inspiring combination.

Moody Blues

Play up the blue in this palette to create some drama. This rich color makes a great background to showcase the gray and orange. Use it in a den or library for the ultimate sophistication. Smoke Blue PPG451-5 Pittsburgh Paints

 

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The blue of the built-ins create a dark backdrop for the orange accents.

 

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Paola Modern Classic Peacock Blue Velvet Wing Lounge

 

Upstream Ocean, Kravet

 

Neutral Gray

Gray is the perfect neutral. This muted shade has a cool tone about it and can be paired with antiques or contemporary pieces. It gives the right amount of color without looking boring or stealing the show. Foil DE6360 Dunn-Edwards

 

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Use gray on the walls to create a calm feeling.

 

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Monarch Cipollino with Thassos Strips Marble Tile

        

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Prescott Wallpaper

 

Green

This green isn’t the mint green from eras long ago. The gray in it adds a warmth and makes it soothing and versatile. Use this color in everything from pillow to carpets to walls. Smoke Bell RL1599 Ralph Lauren Paint

 

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Green onyx slab, Walker Zanger

 

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Elongated ogee tile, Pratt and Larson

 

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Pixie Sticks Capri, Kravet

 

Electric Orange

This orange gives energy to the palette and keeps things fresh. Use it as an accent color on pieces throughout a room. A large artwork piece would be a great spot to introduce this color. Or use it on a lamp to add a pop of color. Tango 6649 Sherwin-Williams

 

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Contemporary condo living room

 

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Gourd table lamp, Gilt.com

 

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A mid-century modern exterior.

 

Sophisticated Pink

This pink is all grown up and adds a feminine touch without being sickening sweet. It adds a touch of classic and has a calm feeling. This color would look great when used in fresh flowers, floral fabrics or soft linens. Gentle Blush 2084-70 Benjamin Moore

 

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Trellis embroidered pillow, Pier 1

 

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Blush pink flowers bring a soft touch.

 

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Sivas Wool Kilim Rug

 

This color palette is sure to bring a warm feeling to your home while being comfortable. How do you feel about it? I’m looking forward to designing with it soon! We would love to see your pictures of how you use this year’s colors in your design.

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