decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

decorating with pantone’s spring 2016 colours

While it’s still cold and grey outside, the days are definitely getting longer and Spring is on its way. If you want to get a headstart on Spring by infusing one or more of Pantone’s top ten Spring colours into your home, the following may serve as inspiration.

Rose Quartz

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

A soft, petal pink is an obvious choice for a little girl’s room, but is versatile enough to grace the walls in a dining room, or even library.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Pinterest

Peach Echo

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

This coral-esque shade makes for an ideal partner to Limpet Shell, especially for anyone who wants to add a little beachy style to their home.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

Serenity

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

This dusky shade of blue is the perfect jolt of colour for people reluctant to try anything too bright or vibrant. It still adds plenty of aesthetic interest, but has a neutral, approachable quality.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

Snorkel Blue

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

This deeper blue adds sumptuous style to any room, but it also has a moody quality that makes it perfect for a study or formal living room.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

Buttercup

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

This bold yellow instantly brightens up any room. Add an extra dimension to the punchy hue by pairing it with a contrasting colour like fuchsia.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

Limpet Shell

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

A soft blue evocative of the sky is undeniably pretty, whether it’s used to dress up the walls in a living room or to cover the bed in a guest room.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

Lilac Gray

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

Adding a purple tone to an otherwise classic colour, like grey, adds a bit of visual interest, without making an over-the-top statement. It works just as well on the walls as it does covering a plush couch.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Red Milk Magazine

Fiesta

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

A fiery red is the perfect room accent colour in a thoroughly modern kitchen, but would work just as well as an accent colour in a neutral living room.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via D’Marge

Iced Coffee

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

A soft, neutral brown may not seem groundbreaking, but the subtle hue serves as an ideal backdrop for people who want to switch out accessories as the season changes: It goes with everything.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Herman Miller: Eames lounge chair and ottoman

Green Flash

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Pantone

As Pantone explains, Green Flash is a colour for those who love to push the envelope, so if that’s you, try the splashy tone in a hallway or entryway.

decorating with pantone's spring 2016 colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Elle Decor

 

Quoted text via Elle Decor.

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours

The colour of your bedroom can not only impact your feelings upon entering the room, but also influence the quality of your sleep. Research suggests that those in blue rooms get the longest sleep while those in purple spaces get the shortest. Colour psychology aside, Sherwin-Williams offers the following five colours as their top selections for your bedroom.

Sea Salt

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Sherwin-Williams: Sea Salt | llh designs

This [understated] grey will give your bedroom a classic, resort-type feel for a relaxing ambiance.

Tricorn Black

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Sherwin-Williams: Tricorn Black | image: Zillow Digs

Black conveys power, stability and strength, which is exactly what you want to feel in the room where you spend most of your time.

Amazing Gray

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Sherwin-Williams: Amazing Gray | photo: Sherwin-Williams

This neutral colour goes with almost everything, making it an easy bedroom choice.

Alabaster

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Sherwin-Williams: Alabaster | Hom by Heidi

Clean and crisp, this neutral white shade is perfect for almost any room that needs an open, inviting feel.

White Truffle

sherwin-williams shares their top 5 bedroom colours | @meccinteriors | design bites

Sherwin-Williams: White Truffle

A subtle purple hue gives almost any room a fresh, enlightening vibe. Great for bathrooms and master bedrooms alike.

Which of the five do you most prefer for your bedroom?

influential colours for 2016 from dunn-edwards | @meccinteriors | design bites

influential colours for 2016 from dunn-edwards

The following is from Dunn-Edwards:

After careful examination of colour trends in modern fashion, lifestyle and culture, colour expert Sara McLean from Dunn-Edwards Paints forecasts influential paint hues that will be popular in home design this year.

McLean predicts that roses and pinks will continue to influence and become more sophisticated and less juvenile. She’s observed the soft blushing pinks infused in recent fashion, makeup and even automotive designs. Minimal Rose (DE 5015) is a playful and modern pink that pairs well with other pastels for a retro vibe.

influential colours for 2016 from dunn-edwards | @meccinteriors | design bites

Dunn-Edwards:2016 Reds & Pinks

“Another harmonious pairing would be with blues and grey for a Scandinavian influence,” says McLean. “Try rose pink with a warm neutral for a traditional, more vintage colour palette.”

Several companies that predicted which colour will be hot in 2016 also chose a colour in the pink family, including Pantone. McLean sees beyond a single “colour of the year,” however.

influential colours for 2016 from dunn-edwards | @meccinteriors | design bites

Dunn-Edwards: 2016 Curated Colours

“I believe that the combination of colours tell the story,” she says. “It’s about the entire palette and how a collection of colours evokes a feeling, an era or a scene.”

Trendy Pairings

Fresh and fruity pastel combinations.

Deep blues contrasted by stark whites for a classic, modern palette.

influential colours for 2016 from dunn-edwards | @meccinteriors | design bites

via Pixers

Rainbow colouring, colour blocking, flecked and speckled colouring and abundant floral patterns.

See Dunn-Edwards’ individual 2016 colour palettes.

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

the evolution of neutrals

The following is excerpted from Trend Bible

When monitoring and tracking colour in the home, it is essential to consider neutral shades as these colours provide the base colour in the home… One of the most influential shifts in colour over the past 5 years has been the move towards grey-based neutrals in the home over the more traditional magnolia shades.

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

image courtesy of Trend Bible | left to right: Skandium, Space Copenhagen & Caravane

As people become braver with neutrals, companies like Dulux have reported a rise in the sales of grey since 2012.

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

Grey tones from Dulux

Farrow & Ball have also seen a 10% increase in the past seven years in shades of grey, and out of 132 shades, at least 20 could be classified as greys.

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

Farrow & Ball: Neutrals

As we reflect on our forecasts for Spring/Summer 2015, Autumn/Winter 2015/16 and Spring/Summer 2016, we look at how neutral shades have evolved over the course of the year.

Spring/Summer 2015

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

image courtesy of Trend Bible | left to right: Skandium & Trend Bible

In Spring/Summer 2015 we saw grey-based neutrals trend, underpinning bold primary and pastel colour. Storm Grey and Smooth Olive added gravity and gave the home a slightly edgier, urban feel.

Autumn/Winter 2015/16

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

image courtesy of Trend Bible | left to right: Space Copenhagen & Trend Bible archive

We saw tinted and dusky blue-greys replacing neutrals, [which] left true neutrals feeling sparse this season. White, pale grey or oatmeal were used as ground colours for prints to add an earthy, natural look.

Spring/Summer 2016

the evolution of neutrals | @meccinteriors | design bites

image courtesy of Trend Bible | left to right: Osi Modern & Urban Outfitters

Moving into Spring/Summer 2016, grey underpins the season’s strong brights best and continues to be a key neutral colour for Summer.

What’s your favourite neutral to use at home?

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

tuesday trending: csi’s autumn/winter 2016/2017

We’ve looked previously at colour trends for Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 courtesy of Pantone and Lenzing (review them here and here). Let’s further fill out the home palette with the aid of CSI.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17

Urban Sway

The city, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, with its abundance of new experiences and rich cultural influences, with the old and the new intersecting to shape the new outlines of the urban living, it’s an immense source of inspiration…

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: Urban Sway

The shades of purple and blue are elegant and contribute to the urban appeal of the colour palette, while fresh touches of mint and teal are added for an extra hip. The neutrals have a trace of warm energy and somewhat a retro feel.

The Art of Broken Things

“The Art of Broken Things” is a colour palette inspired by kintsugi, the traditional Japanese art of mending broken pottery with golden or silver dust. The beauty of it, it’s in the technique showing where the breakage happened and in using precious metals to enhance the appearance, thus showing the character of the object and its past. The idea goes beyond the art of pottery and can be applied in all areas of design.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: The Art of Broken Things

The designs are simplistic but sophisticated, the lines are clean and elegantly flowing. Embroidery and stitching with threads, imitating gold or silver, is a key element for conveying the idea of mending with gold. All has to be done with taste and artistry, so the final effect is not to elaborate or flashy.

In “The art of broken things’’ the colours and the theme are equally important. The presence of the golden yellow in the mix of tranquil blues and earthy browns is essential. The softer tonals contribute for the overall subtle elegance of the palette.

Northern

Snow makes the winter landscapes inviting and cozy. Houses and barns, wagons and cars, lakes and trees, all glow under its crisp pastel colours. There is a sense of pleasure and gladness, observing the mastery of nature covering all with a fluffy white blanket. The rustic charm of distant northern villages has never been more appealing, as it is with the first winter snow.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: Northern

The woods in the snow are magical – peaceful and serene, dressed in white lace. The colours of winter are gentle and subdued.

Transformations

There is a certain fascinating beauty in the trees shedding their last dress of autumn leaves. In the quietude of the barren woods, we feel spellbound as if we hear some long forgotten ancient melody, with flutes, and drums and iron bells. A melody that takes us back to gatherings around bonfires, dancers with wooden masks performing rituals to scare away evil spirits and bring good harvest and prosperity to the land.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: Transformations

Stylized nature inspired and geometric prints, influenced by the folk embroidery designs of Eastern Europe; jewelry to decorate fabrics woven from natural materials such as linen, hemp or cotton; belts with needlework decorations, leather and metal embellishments, appliqué works, braiding with colourful threads, trimming with lace and small beads – all these techniques fit perfectly in the design story of “Transformations”. The silhouettes are soft and fluid, with a lot of layering and playing with different styles of fabrics.

The softness of the colours selected in this palette is essential. Rich shades of burgundy and brown are important… in this colour scheme. Sage green and golden yellow bring organic appeal to the mix.

Wilderness

In our Fall / Winter 16/17 Color palette ” Wilderness” we draw inspiration from the beauty and the colours of  the mountains in early autumn… Nature paints with such a rich and vibrant palette of colours and textures, but it does not overwhelm us – it makes us feel relaxed instead. The scents of the forest are enchanting – the aroma of fresh pine, the crisp smell of a late afternoon rain, the zing in the air from freshly brewed mountain tea, made according to a secret recipe from herbs and flowers with healing power.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: Wilderness

Olive green and golden yellow, rustic orange and dark burgundy, juxtaposed by the cool appeal of cobalt blue, vibrant turquoise and pine green, reminisce the colours of the mountain forests and the beauty of the mountain peaks.

Maple Sun

We are returning to the beach once more before we say goodbye to summer. Under the maple sun the autumn colours look livelier and more opulent. Autumn steps into the stage turning it into a vibrant rhapsody of colours. The richness of this moment makes our heart beat wild, as if it is a bird waiting to escape to freedom.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: Maple Sun

Rich floral prints, fabrics with a soft velvety feel, adornments like beads and feathers, suede moccasins , lightweight comfy sweaters, cargo pants and washed denim, all define this cool “feel-good in your skin” design direction for the early fall months.

Luscious greens flow into the more jeweled tones of emerald. Saturated shades of burgundy, and earthy red bring a pleasing warmth to the palette. Royal purple is a magnificent and buoyant addition to the colour scheme. Soft tones of mint and orange add a subtle elegant feel.

Saturate

It is a feeling of thorough happiness, which sometimes comes from nowhere and finds us unprepared to resist. Infused with energy, we sense every beat of music, we see every stroke of colour, and the world has a different feel – more upbeat and vibrant. Perspectives and angles are changing, as our world gets bigger. Life doesn’t have to be dull and unexciting.

tuesday trending: csi's autumn/winter 2016/2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CSI Autumn/Winter 16/17: Saturate

Graffiti, dance and skateboard inspired graphics, and tribal motives are still fresh. Natural and synthetics fabrics are equally important. In the silhouettes we still see the strong influence of the sportswear. The constructions are comfortable and loose to ensure freedom of movement.

The colours in “Saturate” are lively and bright. Violet purple and radiant fuchsia, blazing red-orange and zesty chartreuse, vivid teal and luminous green, combined with lighter tones of pink and yellow, transform the meaning of the season, bringing youthful twist to the traditional winter palettes.

2016 top colour & interiors trends

Welcome to 2016!! We’ve compiled a quick visual summary of the top interiors trends for 2016 to get you up to date to start the year off on top of it all. (For further details, simply click on any of the titles or images.)

1 | Colour for Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

2016 top colour & interiors trends | @meccinteriors | design bites

Colour Trends for Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 | image: mecc interiors inc.

2 | Textile & Pattern Trends for Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

2016 top colour & interiors trends | @meccinteriors | design bites

Print Trends for Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 | image: mecc interiors inc.

3 | Colour Trends for 2016

2016 top colour & interiors trends | @meccinteriors | design bites

image: mecc interiors inc.

Do you prefer to see each of the trends broken down in smaller components? View them individually:

4 | Colour for Spring/Summer 2016

2016 top colour & interiors trends | @meccinteriors | design bites

image: mecc interiors inc.

Both Pantone and CSI offer palettes for Spring/Summer 2016, which range from very natural (whether earthy or more watery) to saturated brights to monochromes to muted pastels.

5 | Bathroom Trends for 2016

bathroom trends for 2016 | @meccinteriors | design bites

Walker Zanger’s Matouche collection for the bathroom.

Bathroom remodels will take their cue from the latest kitchen trends, opting for “clean, simple and uncluttered lines” and cool colours like grey and white. Contemporary European style handles will grace cabinetry in deeper, bolder greys and black.

In contrast to the more minimalist, monochromatic bathrooms will be those which embrace brighter colours, floral patterns and more decoration, which will be particularly prevalent in second bathrooms and powder rooms. “Whether it’s bright, flashy hot pink or a more subtle pinky beige, an earthy taupe or cotton candy, it’s all about shades of pink this season.”

6 | 2016 From the Aussie & Kiwi Perspective

Add in touches of metallic accents throughout your home while also bringing more of nature indoors. Turn practical items into focal points and treat accessories as art, all the while focusing on sustainability, whether through eco-materials, recycling, repurposing, or upcycling.

In the bathroom, get rid of the tub and choose a smarter toilet. Warm it up with wooden vanity countertops.

7 | Elevators to Take it to the Next Level in 2016

tuesday trending: elevators to take it to the next level in 2016 | @meccinteriors | design bites

ThyssenKrupp

Future elevators will have pressurized cabins, like an airplane. They will function without the giant steel ropes currently used to help them move up and down. Even better, MULTI elevators have cars that can move sideways or even diagonally. This allows elevators to work more like cars on a highway, switching lanes to pass an elevator above or below it that has stopped. The result? Even if elevator cars don’t go up and down any faster, you’ll still get where you’re going quicker most of the time.

8 | Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

2016 top colour & interiors trends | @meccinteriors | design bites

image: mecc interiors inc.

On the one hand, the purity and simplicity of white have become more appreciated and more grounded, earthy shades provide a balancing connection to nature. But with major social issues and unrest at present, similar to what was experienced in the 1970s, some people just want to have fun and express themselves while being bold and daring.

Compare palettes from Pantone versus Lenzing.

9 | International Key Colours for 2017+

tuesday trending: international key colours for 2017 | @meccinteriors | design bites

CMG: key colours for 2017+ | (clockwise from top left): Thrive; Life Spurt; Brilho Interior; Edo Eau.

CMG’s international key colour forecast shows a more muted, earthier influence coming in for 2017.

 

What are your thoughts on the home fashion and design trends for 2016 and 2017 thus far?

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home

Colours of the Year are all well and good, but what if you prefer sticking to particular colour families and just want some fresh updates for 2016? In a recent presentation, Pantone‘s Laurie Pressman shared the following images and ideas.

Pink

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Rose Quartz — a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure — is one-half of Pantone’s 2016 Colour of the Year fusion, but expect to see pink in many hue variations throughout 2016.

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

The difference between pink now and in the past is that it will be less gender-based and, as such, will become more prevalent in the home.

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Orange

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

Orange tones from the home + interiors 2016 palettes

Orange is diverse, ranging from terra-cotta to peach. A number of orange shades were among the 210 new colours added in Fall 2015 to Pantone’s overall lineup.

Yellow

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Think bright and happy when it comes to yellow in 2016.

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Green

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Greens throughout the spectrum stay strong.

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

A special note, however, about blue-green and teal tones… With more high-end, luxury looks which incorporate teal in textured fabrics like mohair and velvet, teal may fade into the background as more of a neutral tone than a pop of colour.

Blue

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

The other half of Pantone’s Colour of the Year is Serenity, a pale, calming blue. but darker, more saturated blues are not fading into obscurity. As with pink, blue is less gender-specific, with navy and other dark blues occasionally acting as neutrals.

Purple

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Purple is more regal and rich.

Red

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Opt for deep, robust, wine-infused reds.

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Brown

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Select more intense, strong brown tones that are influenced by nature.

Grey

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Grey remains a favourite, but start to add in more texture and embrace the suggest of concrete.

Black

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

Black will always be a classic, offering elegance and drama, even when a little more playful in style. As with orange, several new shades of black were added to Pantone’s overall palette in Autumn 2015.

White

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

White is important in 2016, as is evidenced by several of the top paint manufacturers naming variants of white as their top colour choice for 2016.

tuesday trending: 2016 colour family directions for your home | @meccinteriors | design bites

courtesy of Pantone

If using white on its own seems daunting or unappealing, consider going graphic with a black and white scheme.