5 Cape-Friendly Color Trends for 2016

If giving your home a little TLC is on your to do list this year, there’s nothing better than a fresh coat of paint to make a room feel like new. But with color choices by the thousands, choosing the right color can be overwhelming – and even a bit stressful.  So why not leave it to the pros? This time of year, the major paint companies and interior designers alike are announcing their top color picks, and many of them seem to be custom-made for Cape Cod.  Here are five of our favorites.

WARM NEUTRALS

One one Sherwin-Williams’ featured color palettes this year is “Pura Vida” – or “Pure Life.” These unfussy, warm hues are inspired by nature, and are just right for creating inviting, calm spaces. It’s a nod to a simpler way of life … how perfect for Cape Cod!

warm neutrals
Neutral Ground by Sherwin-Williams

MILKY BLUES

We’ve had a strong run with bold, glossy paint colors, but design expert Susanna Salk predicts milkier shades of blue as one of the more popular color families this year. These blues are a staple in the decor of old fashioned European homes, but they also translate wonderfully to Cape Cod homes. If you live in an historic district – or if your home retains some original, rustic or antique features – this color family is a beautiful choice.

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Photo from House Beautiful

BABY PINKS AND BLUES

In 2015 it was Marsala – an earthy shade of wine red. But Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year has a much softer take on things. This year’s color is actually a blend of two shades: Rose Quartz and Serenity, which are a pale pink and soft baby blue, respectively.  While these colors may conjure images of a nursery (and why not?), using them as accents to bolder colors can work very nicely in more universal living spaces. Light pinks and blues both pair very well with deep browns, for example, so a splash of pastel may be just what you need to soften up a dark room.

baby pinks and blues
Photo from onekingslane.com

ALMOST AQUA

One of the hot colors on the runway this season is also a beautiful choice for your Cape Cod home.  An almost patina-like shade of aqua is both cheery and refined, especially when used with classic coastal elements. Even if you paint just a single wall in this color, the room will feel new and refreshed. Try it with complimentary colors like off whites, chocolate browns and deep greys.

almost aqua
Seafoam Green by Benjamin Moore, via indulgy.com

SIMPLY WHITE 

Every company has their own take on the trends, and Benjamin Moore’s most recent color to watch is not actually a color at all. Simply White is clean, crisp and forever versatile – and as they say at Benjamin Moore, “as fresh as the first snowfall.”  Well, let’s hope we don’t get too much of that! But as far as a fresh coat of paint goes, there’s no better way to give your home a clean slate.  This white works in harmony with other shades of white, plus soft lilacs, blues and greens. And since it’s a white, it even works with the most surprisingly bold paint colors, such as Banana Yellow or Royal Flush!

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Simply White by Benjamin Moore

 

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