The following is from Dunn-Edwards:
Home is where the heart is — and nothing is truer than that for 2016. Whether you’re looking for the romance of opulence, the untethered simplicity of ranch life, the excitement of glamor-filled globetrotting, the nostalgic comfort and ease of summer camp, or just the fulfillment of every human’s need for quiet and tranquility, 2016 is designed to take you right where you belong. Welcome home!
Home: 2016 displays five colour and design trends providing insight to what’s trending in 2016. [It] exudes confidence with strong, darker midtones mixed with milky pastels inspired by history and romance. Natural monochromatics pair with softened, reflective hues in retro influences, while farmstead born, sun-drenched and weathered colouring are reminders of the desert western landscape. And globetrotting spicy colours interplay with neon brights in decadent atmospheres, while a wealth of blues provide a base for clean, spare design.
To the Manor Born
Inspired by the age of Romance with a twist on the fairy-tale. Romanticism highlighted intense emotion, placing emphasis on sentiments such as apprehension, horror and terror and awe — especially the experiences when confronting the beauty of nature and sublimity. Romantics celebrated life filled with deep feeling, free expression and revived medievalism.
A bit darker, fantastical, strangely surreal and macabre, the manor shows a love of nature, romance and a deep sense of history. Taking cues from floral and organic designs, 19th-Century naturism, museums and a nod to Shakespeare among the familiar classics.
To the Manor Born reflects a precious softness, with hushed neutrals paired with darker and mid-tone shades, giving a chiaroscuro effect. Colour is atmospheric, misted, elegant and organic. Shadow and light effects reflect the mysterious quality of the palette.
Hues range from natural monochromatics to toned multicolours. Palette highlights include clay, mauve, ambrosia, purple fog, rouge, fig, rosewood, and silver reflection on fleshy pinks.
Midnight at Bar Do Copa
Inspired by the globetrotting gypsy, the explorers’ clubs, the glamourous, eccentric and electric, Midnight at Bar do Copa offers an updated mix of 1980s decadence and opulence with interplays of travels and street scenes. The life of a Maharaja.
The rich colour palette evokes memories of travels to food and spice markets — lime, chili, coriander, melon, papaya, lemon. Picking up textiles along the way with saturated, deep colouring, mixed with flashes of exotics and neon brights. The secondary spectrum on the colour wheel with iridescence, luminosity and rock candy colouring. The ’80s mash with ’20s with a revived stage presence.
An Island to Myself
Inspired by the visionaries and futurists, those with an eye for new ideas and a need for retreats to think of new innovations without distraction. Digital worlds mesh with spiritual retreats without causing chaos. Minimalism without sterility. Relaxed and happy. Importance in daily rituals and the small details. A place of meditation.
In 2016, we trend forward into Asia, looking at the digital artwork as an influence on living, interplaying on everyday life without distracting from a full life. Reaching to the extremes of summits and boundaries in search of the next great idea — from Iceland to the Arctic, the South Pacific to India, from galaxies far away to the depths of the soul. To the Visionary, the Lone Wolf, the Folk Hero and the Meditative Artist… your island awaits.
A bias towards blue — ranging from crisp and clear, to soft greys and violets, plus taupes, cloud whites and monastery grey. Ocean blues and sea glass with a spot of earthy Moroccan red sandstone colour for grounding.
Back at the Ranch
Inspired by the wild and primitive, the authentic and simple. A need to recharge through seclusion, hard work, or adventure. The early Western ranches symbolized freedom to create one’s own destiny; much-needed food sources; and the rise of the legends of iconic American cowboys, Mexican vaquero and charro and the South American gauchos, llanero and huasos.
Back at the Ranch offers home to masculine and earthy naturals. Farmstead born, sun-drenched and weathered. Colours range from autumnal blues to cinnamon and chai, grey sky to stardust. Bright spots of marigold highlight henna and clay.
Inspired by the journeys into seeking out the unique and quirky people and personalities of the City of Angels and the Southwest region. Cheerful and festive, sentimental, hooked on fashion and trends, often with quirky and retro kitsch touches. Inspired by summers past spent away at camp, enjoying 1950s camp spirit with friends; family vacations spent at the lake or ocean; camping, swimming and hanging with friends, carefree and happy; a vintage, quaint window of times past.
Happy and playful. Retro sorbet hues reminiscent of family outing and trips, sunny days and relaxing in the sun. An updated twist on ’50s and ’60s influences.
2016 Colour Forecast
- Colour plays between deep intense colours and soft, feathery hues to create a wide palette to play with for 2016.
- Quiet, natural hues in matte finishes showcase the best of timeless design, while silver highlights the powdery effects. Muted, hazy, Ambiguous colouring.
- Modern and intense, deep colours energize and embolden modern and street designs, while neon shades radiate light. Exotic, vibrant, over-the-top. Impactful.
- Minimalism evokes a quiet atmosphere with clean whites and dark shades. Classic, modern.
- Pastels trend forward in fresh and fruity colouring, though sophisticated and grown-up. Casual, summers spent seaside with retro hints, upbeat and playful.
- Pattern highlights include rainbow colouring, colour blocking, Birds of paradise, flecked and speckled colouring and an abundance of florals.