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19 naturally neutral paint tones to try

“Neutral” has become a rather ambiguous term, especially in terms of colour palettes and décor. At one time, neutral was simply white or off-white. It slowly expanded to include more beige tones, and more recently, grey, grey, and more grey. For some, it even encompasses the likes of navy blue. Regardless of colour preferences, here are 19 great neutrals to consider, courtesy of bhg.com.

Pearly Whites

Winter Whites don’t have to be as stark as new snow. Look to natural pearls for the warm shades that will give your home a fresh start.

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Pearly Whites (clockwise from top left): Swiss Coffee; Muslin White; Light Navajo White; Birchwood White; Pegasus.

Swiss Coffee (1812): This modern white has a tiny touch of taupe. Pair with navy for a preppy look, or make it feminine with ballet slipper pink. behr.com

Muslin White (GLC24): Like a classic white shirt, this shade matches almost any accent colour—from chocolate browns to denim blues to fresh greens. glidden.com

Light Navajo White (E42): The colour of cappuccino froth, this hue looks as appealing on kitchen cabinets as it does on the walls of a light-filled room. acehardware.com

Birchwood White (7002-18): Here is the colour of a morning sky tinged with sunlight, easy on the eyes and perfect for a serene bedroom. valspar.com

Pegasus (D30-1): Give wood furniture an update with a few coats of this grey-white. It’s as crisp as Carrara marble. olympic.com

Creamy Lattes

The coffee ritual soothes while it energizes… These java-inspired hues will do the same for any room.

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Creamy Lattes (clockwise from top left): Interactive Cream; Cracker Bitz; Woodwind; Kabuki City.

Interactive Cream (SW-6113): Use it anywhere, but it makes an exceptionally good background for a wall of art. sherwin-williams.com

Cracker Bitz (C19-2): As rich as French roast, this colour is a handsome match for cream trim or wainscoting. olympic.com

Woodwind (C19-2): Paint tone-on-tone stripes (alternate this colour with Artesian White C19-1) in a guest room, where surprises are welcome. acehardware.com

Kabuki City (3003-8C): This looks amazing paired with a muted robin’s-egg blue. valspar.com

Driftwood Greys

There’s a new grey in tow, and it’s not the cold, steely hue you’re used to. These go-with-everything shades, inspired by weathered wood, radiate warmth.

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Driftwood Greys (clockwise from top left): Winter Gates; Coastal Pleasure; Silver Drop; Seal Grey; Promotion.

Winter Gates (AC-30): Thisalmost taupe hue has cosy written all over it. It’s as rich on a wall as it is on a velvet sofa or chair. benjaminmoore.com

Coastal Pleasure (5048): This is a perfect neutral—great for walls, beautiful with dark colours, fresh with white. acehardware.com

Silver Drop (790C-2): Use this super versatile hue wherever you’d use white. For a hot combo, just add yellow. behr.com

Seal Grey (GLN46): Roam into dramatic territory and go dark. Pale grey trim is an elegant pairing. glidden.com

Promotion (10D3): Step away from the beige! This mid-tone grey is a sophisticated and modern substitute. truevaluepaint.com

Colourful Greys

It’s grey like you’ve never seen it—friendly, warm, and (dare we say it?) lively!

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Colourful Greys (clockwise from top left): Pearl Grey; Oatlands Subtle Taupe; Misty; Silver Satin; White Sage.

Pearl Grey (GLN54): On a chair or other accent piece, this lavender-tinted grey is super sophisticated. glidden.com

Oatlands Subtle Taupe (6005-1B): A fantastic wall colour for a rich look. Pair with black. valspar.com

Misty (SW-6232): The soothing blue wall colour your bedroom has been waiting for. sherwinwilliams.com

Silver Satin (856): It looks white in the can, but this paint has an enveloping warmth after it dries. benjaminmoore.com

White Sage (410-2): Dreamy on the walls of a kitchen with cream cabinetry. olympic.com

What’s your favourite neutral or neutral palette?

 

 

 

Note: Actual colours may appear differently than on screen or in printed form. Consult paint chips before choosing a colour.

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tuesday trending: dunn-edwards 2016 colour + design

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!

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: 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.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home

To the Manor Born

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… 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.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… To The Manor Born

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

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… 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.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Midnight at Bar do Copa

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

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… 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.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… An Island to Myself

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

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… 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.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Back at the Ranch

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.

Summer Camp

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Summer Camp

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.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Summer Camp

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.
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Reds and Pinks

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Oranges

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Yellows

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Greens

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Blues

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Purples

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Neutrals

2016 colormix

Sherwin-Williams offers the following for colour for 2016.

Passionate pursuit. Fresh mindfulness. Vintage workmanship. Social engagement. And technology and materials that seem to come from out of this world. We’re taking the best of everything life has to offer and indulging in the moment. Prepare to come together as we go in passionate pursuit of a shared colour consciousness.

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2016 colormix from Sherwin-Williams

Pure Vida

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2016 colormix: Pura Vida

The elements that remind us to live well, be well, and stay well are vital to creating spaces to unplug. Natural materials, honed and sheer. Ancient alabaster and marble hues. Warmer greys turning to khaki and blushed neutrals. New therapies draw us to the colours of nomadic sand baths and holistic massage rooms. We’re awakening from the recession, hungry for a new orderliness, ready to feed the spirit, make memories, and savour the moment.

Trajectory

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2016 colormix: Trajectory

Technology’s pace has us living in a constant state of wonder. The boundaries between art, science, and commerce continue to blur as increasingly powerful computer chips and extreme materials combine to expand the possible. Augmented reality, 3-D printers, drones, interiors that adapt to our bodies. Apps and sensors make everyday chores feel frictionless. The future keeps arriving, in icy blues, shimmering pewter, sophisticated plums, and other mesmerizing hues in stunning gloss finishes.

The Trajectory palette also includes Sherwin-Williams faux paint colour: Pewter Cast Metallic (SWF 302) — see store for details & colour cards on faux finishes.

Nouveau Narrative

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2016 colormix: Nouveau Narrative

Our new industrial evolution may be small batch and grassroots, but it’s built to last. Authentic 20th-century machinery is being dusted off and reconditioned as North American manufacturing re-emerges in the form of the Maker Movement. Looking to the past to inspire our future, dreamers and doers craft new aesthetics collaged from the pages of history books. Think rugged determination, olive and denim, dusky wools, and brass buttons glinting in the sunlight.

The Nouveau Narrative palette also includes Sherwin-Williams faux paint colour: Relic Bronze Metallic (SWF 340) — see store for details & colour cards on faux finishes.

Mas Amor Por Favor

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2016 colormix: Mas Amor Por Favor

Meaningful change begins locally. Driven by social engagements as much as social media, we’re coming together to rediscover the pleasures of intimate gatherings, garden parties, personalized outdoor weddings – along with playful indulgences like champagne towers and vintage florals. Multifamily living is back, and this palette connects across generations: dashing greens and cheeky pinks with a flower power that’s as crisply modern as it is soulfully vintage.

 

tuesday trending: brave 2016+ colour

The Color Marketing Group (CMG) has declared “Brave” the European key colour for 2016+. The saturated red “burns with the passion of taking a stand.”

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CMG: Brave

As humanity rushes forward in new directions, its people are insisting on taking a stand against oppression and inequality, but with a positive energy and outcomes. The energy of Brave’s red suggests the passion that drives us to fight the good fight.

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image via CMG: Brave 2016+ colour

Whether in fashion and accessories, designed environments or graphic design, it can be fired up with purpose or represent the beating heart that propels us forward with blood surging throughout veins.

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A colour that has a life of its own, it will be enhanced further with glossy sheens and metallic glow that speak of Brave’s fire from within.

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tuesday trending: trend bible’s spring/summer 2015

The Spring season is in full swing and we absolutely love it! Trend Bible has put together several trends for Spring / Summer 2015 which include both colours and design details.

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Originate

An interesting mix of both muted and saturated hues, Originate incorporates colour blocking, debossing, clustered objects, and waffle and piqued plaids, among others.

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Pop Lab

Pop Lab is a whimsical, playful trend with lots of blues and purples that are offset by a bright, sunny yellow. Include noticeably recycled items and materials, inflatables, compressed layers, painterly prints, and moulded, seamless furnishings and accessories.

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Reflect

A soft, almost shimmery palette, Reflect embraces warm metals, amber glass, studs and speckles with linear textures.

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Airscape

Think of bubbles, rounded shapes, random scattered patterns, angular prints, and exposed seams and zippers. Blue is once again dominant with Airscape, though it leans towards green rather than purple in this case and is accented with pale, silvery green and modest orange hues.

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Kidaesthetic

Kidaesthetic is a contemporary spin on the more traditional primary colours associated with youth. Introduce oversized stitching, colour dipped or blocked details, and quirky knits and florals.

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Monometric

Monometric is more refined and classic with monograms, debossing, patterned stripes, buttoning, and textiles with typography. The palette is full of restful greens and blues but is also well grounded with cool white, charcoal grey, a deep, earthy brown, and a darker grey-green.

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New Horizons

New Horizons unites many geometric effects, from etching and laser cutting, to grids and abstract patterning. Focus on texture, whether glossy and lacquered or more rough and crater-like. Colours are present but almost appear as a secondary part of the story.

As an added bonus, here are three trends observed from Maison et Objets 2015 in Paris:

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Slouched Paper Bags

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Enamel

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Segmented and Sliced Circles

 

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tuesday trending: an early look at autumn/winter 2016/17

Do you like to pre-plan your colour palettes and décor choices for future seasons? Lenzing provides a preliminary look at colour trends for autumn/winter 2016/2017, using Pantone colours from the FASHION + HOME colour system, with Urban Nobility, Playful Simple, and Soft Power, offering an array of muted and saturated colours, both bold and more subdued.

Urban Nobility

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Lenzing: Urban Nobility

“Grab the city. Inventive in a concrete world. Inspired perception of your neighbourhood.”

Playful Simple

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Lenzing: Playful Simple

“Serious playfulness. Intuitive order. Instinctive insight. Childlike choosing. From the heart. Spontaneous living.”

Soft Power

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Lenzing: Soft Power

“Feminity. A new softness. Strength in caring. Vitality in sharing. Responsive and daring. Courage to be sensitive.”

Pantone themselves have this to say about autumn/winter 2016/2017:

For Autumn/Winter 2016/17 we explore colour that is “real” and “unreal,” absent and present and a mixology of what is in between. We are polarized between colours that are simple, honest and unassuming and stronger more saturated tones that make a bold statement. For those in the middle? A third platform of colour that connects and bridges our desire to be sober or intoxicated, quiet or loud – or both at the same time.

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reveal… A/W 2016/2017

Just as the current direction in lifestyle fashion reflects a genuine polarization, colour stories for 2016/17 display a contrast between colour that is “real” and “unreal,” absent and present and a mixology of what is in between. We are divided between more modest and unpretentious shades and stronger, more saturated tones that make a bold statement. For those in the middle? A third platform of colour that connects and bridges our desire to be sober or intoxicated, quiet or loud – or both at the same time.

“We find this idea of absence and presence, obscuring and revealing, very relevant not only when it comes to colour, but also in the way we live our everyday lives,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president, Pantone Color Institute®. “On one hand, there is this wish to return to the simple, honest and unassuming, and on the flip side, a continuing presence of maximalist and a deep desire to stand out and be seen.”

Black

 

Newly appreciated as a prestige colour, black is the pulsating force behind the forecast and the perfect canvas on which other colours are revealed.

White

Appearing in cool and warm guises, white is important because of its properties as opposed to its actual colour.

Grey

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Pantone Greys

Essential to the palette, greys stretch across a variety of hues, warm and natural, muted and hard.

Green

This season, greens take two directions: the first is a more yellowish and olive-oil-led direction while the second is cooler, sometimes glassy, but also more mineral, cool and Nordic.

Yellow

Reminding us of light and radiance, yellows are important this season because of their warming presence and their effects on surface and texture.

Orange

 

Now suffused with spicy hues, shades in the orange family display influences of caramel, cinnamon and saffron.

Purple

Penetrating all levels of design, purples, in a variety of berry colours are now a lifestyle as opposed to a fashion shade and is critical to this season’s palette.

Blue

Becoming more sophisticated, blues move away from the more classic indigo shades to those that are infused with grey or green.

Brown

From nutmeg and tan to the red infused winey red browns, the browns continue to be very important across all materials and surfaces.

Red

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A safe option for those looking to add bright colour, red is a well-received and well-understood pop colour that is being combined in new ways.

Pastels

Pastel shades leap from nuanced neutrals to stronger and more assertive colour.

Metallics

Metallics remain important; however this season they are as pragmatic as they are decorative, combining with light or texture to enhance, bring movement and textural dimension

tuesday trending: spring / summer 2016 colour inspirations from csi

Spring Forward even further, to 2016, and take a look at next year’s palettes, courtesy of ColorWorld by Color Solutions International.

Saunter

A little bit of dainty elegance, a dash of glamorous appeal, a drop of playful charm. Life is about beauty and kindness…

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Saunter | SS16

Citrusy tones of yellow and coral, infused with dazzling fuchsia, fiery red and vivid turquoise, create a warm youthful ambiance. Endless colour combinations, bright accents, floral prints, soft fabrics, create a kaleidoscope of possibilities for one’s creative mind.

Cobalt Skies

Some of us believe that mystical powers are moving and directing us in mysterious ways. And we do feel that all nature’s creations are sacred… We crave eternal youth and believe that beauty is [a] reflection of the soul… The fragile beauty of exotic flowers appeals to us with its magnetic charm, but we are as equally attracted to the dark power of the stormy cobalt skies.

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Cobalt Skies | SS16

Delicate tones of lavender, pink and aqua, connect beautifully with the deep saturated shades of blue and turquoise. Dark maroon is added to shift the cool intensity of the palette in more sensual direction.

Resonance

There is a new class of people… shaping the modern world – multilingual, broad-minded, free-spirited cosmopolitans… They are hungry to know about the world and travel not for leisure, but to connect with different cultures and people on a deeper, more spiritual level. They are gatherers of inspiring human stories that resonate deep into their souls, a new generation of storytellers and explorers, which are on a constant quest for self-mastery.

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Resonance

The atmosphere of positive energy in the palette is carried by a vibrant array of yellows and orange. The lighter tonals soften the overall feel and make the colour scheme more elegant and harmonious. The cobalt blue and earthy red are added to bring an interesting contrast and are primarily intended as accent colours.

Prelude

Life is a string of beginnings and every day is a prelude to something new. We cherish the early mornings as a time to reflect on our thoughts and desires. We are not afraid to call ourselves romantic and immerse into that sudden flow of inspiration, which only comes in moments of perfect solitude. Seeking harmony and peace, preparing things in the quietest and most elegant manner, is one way to show our love and gratitude to be alive.

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Prelude

Tender greens contribute to the organic appeal of this colour palette. The neutrals are rich and carry a warm earthy feel. Botanical prints, natural fibres, nature-inspired elements, accessorizing with wood and gemstones, could add some interesting touches to the final concept.

Cargos & Linen

There is a certain poetic mood setting up as one walks on the docks of the old industrial towns, looking at the abandoned heavy machinery, desolate riverbanks, and the uninhabited factory buildings standing as ancient relics. A creative mind can definitely understand the charm in such a scenery. There is so much history… [a] romantic appeal… There are new visionaries now, which see them not as old fading ruins from the past, but as objects with character and a story, waiting for a transformation and new life. Fragments which we pick to build something new and unique, something with redefined meaning and purpose.

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Cargos & Linen

The colours in this palette are darker for the season, but they are envisioned to be used on lightweight fabrics, with a comfortable soft feel, fabrics like cotton and linen. Workwear blue, raw neutrals, and rusty red are timeless and elegant. The prints, if any, are not elaborate, but simple and casual, so they don’t take away from the overall look of the design.

As an added bonus, here are seven more trending colour palettes for Spring/Summer 2016, courtesy of Trend Council.

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Trend Council Spring/Summer 2016