Every year, Pantone announces its Color of the Year and the arguments immediately begin for or against the color that’s chosen. Last year was one of the craziest times because the Marsala color that was chosen seemed to be the most polarizing selection I can remember!
The 2016 color won’t be announced for a few more weeks, but it’s fun to try to predict what the new color will be! To do that, let’s look back at the other colors from the past 5 years:
Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year 2014
Emerald – Pantone Color of the Year 2013
Tangerine Tango – Pantone Color of the Year 2012
Honeysuckle – Pantone Color of the Year 2011
Just looking over the selections from the past five years, you can definitely see color groups that are missing, like blues, yellow, and neutrals. Benjamin Moore recently made a bold choice for its 2016 Color of the Year with Simple White, both a classic and surprising selection.
I think a bright saffron yellow – like the one I used in my panels from Soicher Marin in the CR Laine showroom last market – would be a great choice! Pantone already has a great yellow in its spring 2016 palette called Buttercup.
I also like the idea of a deep peacock blue, like in the dining chairs I used above for my Riverside Penthouse project. A bit blue and a bit green, it would appeal to a wide range of consumers and design styles.
And I still think that Pantone could head toward neutral territory by selecting a taupe or a grey, like the one above on my new Marguerite slipper chair from CR Laine.
But my favorite choice would be a bold cobalt like in these gorgeous Christopher Spitzmiller lamps from one of my favorite dining rooms I’ve designed. I am excited to have a big presence of cobalt in my upcoming Duralee fabric collection for 2016 and I still think it’s America’s (and the world’s) favorite color. It’s been strong for a couple of seasons, but Pantone hasn’t given it the nod I think it deserves.
So what do you think will be the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016? Let me know in the comments section below! We only have a few weeks left until we all find out what will rule our colorways next year!