Colour of the Year 2016

One of my favourite aspects of design is the inspiration and information gathering stage. Coming from a research background in my job, I love meta-analysis. The mass gathering of information, collecting it all together, organizing and studying it for commonalities. What’s similar? What’s different? Outliers? What speaks to me?

colour trends inspiration 2016

Source: Simply Seductive (*by invitation only)

Excitingly, I am sharing my own predictions here on the blog for what I think might be the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year 2016. True to myself, I opted to move towards colour trends that suit my personality and draw my attention. I tried to steer clear of fads and really stick with classic colours that can be found in our natural environment…Bringing the outdoors in. Seems to be a theme around here. You can find my full visual inspiration on my Pinterest Board here. Here is a sneak peek into some of the images that inspired my choice.

colour trends inspiration 2016

Left to right: Fashionising, Remain Simple,  The Design Chaser, Sandy Cary and Krystkowiak on Flickr.

This blog post really brings together the visual inspiration, thoughts behind it and why I believe I have picked a winner for 2016. I went with bold. Now, this isn’t necessarily in line with previous Benjamin Moore Colours of the year, including: Guildford Green, Breath of Fresh Air or Lemon Sorbet. But you know what? I am sticking to my guns to say that 2016 will be bold. Complemented with soft, nature  inspired colours in the colour palette (or Colour Trends) for 2016.

colour trends inspiration 2016 Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year

Source: Artsy

I also know that picking a blue was risky. In the past 5 years, 2 shades of blue have already been selected as the colour of the year. I am confident in my choice as I look to my sources of inspiration: European flower markets, up and coming fashion designers and northern landscapes all over the world. Nature was my leading force and I think it steered me in the right direction.

I present to you, my Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year 2016: Lead Gray (2131-30).

lead gray Benjamin Moore

Personally, a computer doesn’t do this colour justice. I know the word ‘gray’ is used but it is so much more deep blue than a gray to me. I am no colour expert, but I do know that when you see this colour in person… Completely different.

Follow #ColourTrends2016 on social media to hear more predictions and see the big reveal on October 7th! 


Sources for featured image from Left to Right: Architectural Digest RU,  Sara Kate Studios on Instagram, Shot By Gio and Sarah Sarna.

*Note: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Benjamin Moore. The opinions and text are all mine. Don’t worry! I only write about brands I love!

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