Paint Color Trends For 2016 - Light French Gray

Light French Gray is our favorite!

Wow, where has the time gone?

It seems like only yesterday I was talking about some of the most popular interior & exterior paints for 2015.

Now, here I am, introducing the top paint color trends for 2016!

I’ve compiled a list of the top paint colors you can expect to see this year, as well as the team’s personal choice for the best paint color to use in any room of your home.

What’s Our #1 Choice?

For starters, allow me to announce LaffCo. Painting’s favorite paint color for this year.

Our #1 choice for 2016 is: Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams!

We’re sure you’ve noticed that paint trends have come a long way over the past 15 years. Remember when bold, bright shades were all the rage?

Thankfully, things have calmed down quite a bit, and your walls have become less of a fashion statement and more of a relaxing addition to a tranquil room.

For 2016, think classy, light, muted, and historic. Personally, I’m a huge fan of this trend!

Light French Gray is an incredibly elegant and classy color. When combined with a white or off-white trim and dark stained railings or floors, it looks truly amazing. It’s in the beige-gray family, and gives of different, subtle hues in varying lights. It is truly versatile, and a color we expect to be using several times throughout the year.

Gray: Way More Than 50 Shades

Paint Color Trends For 2016 - Mindful Gray

The foyer of this Horsham home was painted in Mindful Gray, which looks amazing next to the dark railing and white wainscoting

2015 can be best classified as “The Year of Gray.” At least once a week, the LaffCo. team could be found painting a home in a shade of gray.

This trend will continue in to 2016. The good news is that gray is a very ambiguous color, and can encompass a wide range of palettes.

Whether you’re aiming for a uniform, neutral color scheme or want to experiment with colorful undertones, you’ll always find the perfect shade of gray to match your style and complement any color!

You can choose to go with a “true gray”, such as March Wind by Sherwin Williams, or Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. You may also want to test out the look of a tinted gray, like Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams. When you see this color in person, you’ll notice the ever-so-slightest touch of green mixed in.

Typically, any color that has a decent amount of gray in it can be called a “muted color.” Muted colors were all the rage in 2015, and you’ll see this trend spilling over into 2016.

Don’t Forget The Cabinets

More and more people are realizing that they can save a fortune by simply repainting cabinets instead of paying to completely replace them.

The most popular colors we’re seeing for cabinets are shades of white or off-white. Lately, these classic colors are quickly being overthrown for a more modern choice: gray!

From the darker shades of Gauntlet Gray by Sherwin Williams or Chelsea Gray HC by Benjamin Moore, to the brighter, airier look of Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray, painting your cabinets in a muted color is extremely popular and very classy.

If you’re considering a fresh coat of paint on kitchen cabinets, built-ins, or bathroom vanities, let us know! We can help recommend the perfect color to complement the look of any room.

What Are The Experts Saying?

Paint Color Trends For 2016 - Interior Painting in Philadelphia - Entryway

Gray walls look phenomenal when accented by an Alabaster trim

Finally, I want to take some time to mention some of the 2016 favorites as selected by the paint manufacturers themselves.

These companies spend a lot of time, money, and resources researching the latest in paint trends, so it’s always wise to listen to what they have to say, too!

Sherwin Williams selected an off-white color called Alabaster as their top choice for 2016. We recently used Alabaster to paint the trim of a Rittenhouse Square foyer, after painting the walls in a beautiful grayish hue. Don’t the two colors look amazing together?

Benjamin Moore also selected an off-white shade called Simply White. Just imagine this color painted on the trim of a dark gray bedroom. What a relaxing space it would be!

Finally, Pittsburgh Paints chose the boldest end of the spectrum when it comes to paint color trends for 2016. Their top choice is Paradise Found, a light olive green color with a slight hint of aqua. Even this bolder shade would be classified as a “muted color,” as it appears to have a bit of darker gray mixed into it.

If you’re not sure which color to go with for your next interior paint job, give us a call! Tell us what your visions are, and we’ll create the perfect color palette to transform your house into the home of your dreams.

Click here for your free quote on interior painting by LaffCo. Painting today.