Pantone may have dubbed Rose Quartz and Serenity the colors of the year for 2016 — but not all design experts agree. Five designers shared their own visions of the colors that will pop at meetings and events with SpecialEvents.com.
Danielle Couick, Magnolia Bluebird Design and Events (Virginia): “We are going to see bright color palettes of Caribbean blues, raspberry, aquamarine, coral, citrus, peach, parakeet, cobalt and tangerine. On the contrary, more subdued palettes such as a monochromatic color scheme in muted grays and browns, pale shades of blue, and of course whites and creams.”
Hana April Chughtai, Mani Mela (Minnesota): “The color palettes trending for 2016 are pairing classic tones with the unexpected — think emerald green with mustard, navy blue with deep copper, fuchsia with bright apple green. I see more risks being taken with color schemes, such as mixing bold patterns together, or keeping things urban and monochromatic in shades of blush or white.”
Bridget Frizzie, Kehoe Designs (Chicago): “We are bringing in seven new color palettes for 2016, but the strongest is Pantone’s Green Flash and Buttercup with supporting colors Red Fiesta and Snorkel Blue in response to Rio and the Olympics.”
David Merrell, AOO Events (Los Angeles): “In interior design, we are seeing more neutral color palettes. Any one or two ‘pop colors’ become the star when you frame them against a neutral color palette. In the wedding world, creams and blushes continue to rule.”
Julie Shanklin, Syzygy Events (Maryland): “Neutrals — reinterpreting white and cream and using them in new ways that make them a color instead of something that just ‘goes away.’ We are also loving neon accents for 2016.”
See the full story in the Winter issue of Special Events.