It’s that time of year, again! The color experts at Sherwin-Williams hand selected some amazing palettes, predicting colors we’ll be seeing in the coming year; from fashion and fabrics to home decor and interior design trends. Whether you are looking to transform your home with calming zen-like colors or boost your space with energetic and lively colors, the 2016 Color Forecast by Sherwin Williams has a color palette for you!

Pura Vida Collection

2016 Sherwin Williams Pura Vida Color Palette
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“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 grays turning to khaki and blushed neutrals.” –

2016 Sherwin Williams Pura Vida Collection
L to R: Gray Area, Doe Skin, Urbane Bronze from the Sherwin Williams Pure Vida Collection. Photo Source: Sherwin Williams

The lighting changes that your rooms experience throughout the day can greatly affect how your paint choices will appear. While a color like Urbane Bronze may look smooth and velvety on the swatch, it can seem dark and shady once the sun has set. In this bedroom by CDA Interior Design, she steered clear of the shadows by incorporating contrasting whites with large pieces and adding small splashes of yellow.

While all of the colors in the Pure Vida Collection are a unique shade of grey, Doe Skin stood out to me with its creamy lavender undertones. A quick search revealed this bedroom design by Vani Sayeed Studios. She really pulled the purple out of this shade of grey!

Contemporary Kids by Newton Interior Designers & Decorators Vani Sayeed Studios via

As Amor Por Favor Collection

2016 Sherwin Williams Mas Amor Por Favor Color Palette
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“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.”–

2016 Sherwin Williams Mas Amor Por Favor Collection
L to R: Juneberry, Charming Pink, Different Gold from the Sherwin Williams As Amor Por Favor Collection Photo Source: Sherwin Williams

While the colors above are bold and commanding, there are also cool, breezy colors in the As Amor Por Favor collection, like Kind Green. Some might dispute the name of this color, as it looks more blue than green. Call it what you want, this color is a great find if you have been wanting a blue that wasn’t so… blue.

Sherwin Williams Kind Green Design Connection Inc Kanas City Interior Design
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Friendly Yellow looks exactly like it sounds. A yellow that is actually friendly. Like shades of blue, finding the perfect yellow paint color proves difficult for many. This living room by Echelon Custom Homes proves this hue is buttery and smooth, calming and serene.

Nouveau Narrative  Collection

2016 Sherwin Williams Nouveau Narrative Color Palette
Nouveau Narrative Collection Photo Source: Sherwin Williams

“The colors of the Nouveau Narrative Collection reflect the rugged determination of the American spirit with olive, denim, dusky wools, and brass buttons glinting in the sunlight.”–

2016 Sherwin Williams Nouveau Narrative Collection Collection
L to R: Aleutian, Crabby Apple, Roycroft Pewter from the Nouveau Narrative Collection Photo Source: Sherwin Williams

Earthy yet soothing, muted yet rich in color, the Nouveau Narrative Collection gives an airy warmth, like a perfect early autumn afternoon. Urban Putty is a great choice if you’re looking to go greige; it’s the perfect mix of grey and beige. This design by Witt Construction features Urban Putty as a backdrop in the kitchen and window seat.

Aleutian is a shade of periwinkle blue that is in a constant state of change. As the sun rises and sets, and light switches and lamps are flipped and clicked, Aleutian’s grey and purple undertones are playful and energizing by day and warm and comforting by night. This Aleutian bathroom by J.S. Brown & Co. is a perfect example of this charming chameleon color: see a few more pics of it here.
Traditional Bathroom by Columbus Design-Build Firms J.S. Brown & Co. via
Photographer: Daniel Feldkamp 

Trajectory Collection

2016 Sherwin Williams Trajectory Color Palette
Trajectory Collection Photo Source: Sherwin Williams

“The Trajectory Collection is filled with icy blues, shimmering pewter, sophisticated plums, and other mesmerizing hues in stunning gloss finishes.”–

2016 Sherwin Williams Trajectory Collection
Trajectory Collection Photo Source: Sherwin Williams

Finding the perfect paint color can be SO HARD! If you long for a fresh, new color but you’re not sure where to start, check out our blog on Paint Selections Made Easy.

If you long for a fresh new look beyond a coat of paint, let us know. We are here to help! Save yourself time and heartache by meeting with us for a complimentary in-studio design consultation!