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"Within the 2016 palette, we see a shift from cleaner, high chroma colors, to more softened, calmer colors," says manager of color marketing Mary Lawlor.
She notes that the shade works especially well in (but shouldn't be limited to) bedrooms and living areas.
PPG The Voice of Color selected the serious green of Paradise Found (PPG1135-5) as their color of note.
The quiet shade fits in perfectly with natural environments, demonstrated in this charming patio.
"From high-fashion gowns to high-gloss paint, black is at once classic and rebellious, prestigious and edgy," says staff colorist Emmett Fiore.
Fiore suggests accentuating with white, or pairing with jewel tones for a seductive look.
Rather than one single colorway, Valspar presented four palettes—Simply Perfect (shown), Comfort Zone, You Do You, and Good Company—along with the perfect white pairing for each set.
Not for the faint of heart, Fine Paints of Europe selected Piano Key #0029 as its top color choice for the year.
The brand named Blue Cloud (D48-5) color of the year for its sparkling and deep undertone that resembles the ocean on a clear day.
The staging in this bedroom may be too bold for some, so experts recommend mixing the bright hue with neutral tones.
"There's no question that gray is the dominant shade of the decade and today's default neutral," says color strategist Sue Kim. Read up on the other palettes and Valspar's 2016 color trends. This soft grayish-green is from a trio of calm colors that Colorhouse pros zeroed in on as a reminder of authenticity in an of-the-moment world filled with selfies and photo filters.
As seen here, the shade pairs nicely with roughhewn, upcycled, or natural elements of wood, metal, and leather.