Today’s Color Forecast: Rose Quartz with a Chance of Serenity

Filed in Councils & Committees, Design, Housing Trends by on May 23, 2016 2 Comments

colorsPantone broke with tradition to release not one, but two colors of the year in 2016, and a recent Washington Post infographic breaks it down for us, including a look at color trends since the 1970s and how they influence colors for furniture, fashion, interior paint and even cars.

The color-matching and identification company picked “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” for this year’s trend-setting colors, calling the pink-and-blue combination “an antidote to modern day stress.”

But is the Pantone announcement as big a deal for home builders, designers and merchandisers as it used to be? In an age where consumers increasingly get there queues from Houzz, Pinterest, HGTV and other purveyors of home design ideas, maybe not so much.

Mary DeWalt, MIRM, CMP, and president of Mary DeWalt Design Group, said she and her fellow NAHB Design Committee members were intrigued by Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore’s choices for 2016 color of the year – both companies chose a variation of white.

“When we discussed trends, I mentioned the popularity of the urban/modern farmhouse style, which is very white-on-white, inside and out,” she said. “White walls with pops of accent colors are big with model merchandisers right now. It’s a great look, very popular with buyers and it makes the models feel fresh, airy and spacious. At the same time, the Mid-Century modern style has been very hot, and so are the colors attached to that style.”

Scroll through the infographic and post your opinions in the comments section. For additional design news, visit NAHB’s Best in American Living blog.

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  1. Anne Ladewig says:

    Check out this article about color trends for new home exteriors in Sales+Marketing Ideas magazine: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/4c4f2122#/4c4f2122/22

  2. Truly Burton says:

    New images MUCH better and what a great color selection….

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