LOS ANGELES -- The start of a new year always brings a look at trending colors and paints that will be most popular. According to several companies, colors in the pink family will be trendy in 2016, but Sara McLean, color marketing manager for Dunn-Edwards Paints, takes a further look at what's expected to be the hottest color palettes of 2016, many of which are influenced by fashion, art, lifestyle and history.

"I believe that the combination of colors tell the story," McLean says. "It's about the entire palette and how a collection of colors evokes a feeling, an era or a scene."

McLean has outlined five palettes that are based on the following personas: romantic, gypsy, adventurer, nostalgic and visionary --

To the Manor Born

Inspired by Romanticism and medieval design, this trend takes cues from floral designs, historic architecture (Victorian, Colonial and Gothic) and opulent jewelry and fashion. "To the Manor Born" blends hushed neutrals like fleshy pinks, mauve and shades of grey for a palette that is strangely surreal, fantastical and macabre - think Pride and Prejudice meets Edgar Allan Poe. Ideal for: the romantic and introspective.

Midnight at Bar Do Copa

Inspired by the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Indian spice markets and Frida Kahlo, this color palette offers a mix of deep indigo and navy blues playing with vivid candy colors like fuchsia and coral to create an electric palette observed in bustling cultures abroad. Ideal for: the adventurer, nomad or glamorous globetrotter.

An Island to Myself

This trend explores the relationship between the digital world and spiritual retreats. "An Island to Myself" was inspired by Asian monks and technological innovations and includes crisp blues, soft gray, violet, taupe and cloud whites to enhance a quiet space for meditation. This trend focuses on simplicity and purity. Ideal for: visionaries and innovators.

Back at the Ranch

Inspired by the wild and authentic early Western ranches, "Back at the Ranch" colors evoke a weathered, sundrenched atmosphere of a saloon, safari lodge or farmhouse. It includes earthy naturals like cinnamon with bright accents like marigold and tomato red. This is for the home that displays low-key décor with honest materials like wood, leather or Mexican-inspired embroidery. Ideal for: the gypsy spirit.

Summer Camp

This trend embodies the home away from home, like summer family vacations by the lake, camping trips and festivals. "Summer Camp" is a playful palette reminiscent of family outings and home décor of the 50s and 60s. It includes sunny colors, sorbet hues and vintage blues. Ideal for: the happy nostalgic.

Other colors that will be influential in home design include:

  • Reds leaning darker toward burgundy and Bordeaux
  • Oranges trending toward grapefruit, bright corals and softened peach tones
  • Yellow taking on acidity with greenish tones
  • Prevalent blues like turquoise, deep indigo, navy and periwinkle
  • Warm neutrals moving toward infusions of coffee, caramel, chocolate and honey
  • Cool neutrals show colored grays with blendings of green, blue or smoke
  • Newest neutrals are warm with undertones of red, earthy hues

Trendy pairings include:

  • Fresh and fruity pastel combinations
  • Deep blues contrasted by stark whites for a classic, modern palette
  • Expect more rainbow coloring, color blocking, flecked and speckled coloring and abundant florals

Dunn-Edwards employees more than 1,500 people and is based in Los Angeles. It has more than 120 company stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, and more than 80 authorized dealers throughout the Southwest. It is one of the nation's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of architectural, industrial and high performance paints and paint supplies. Dunn-Edwards Paints also has authorized dealers in China, Guam, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Saipan, Singapore and South Korea.
 

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