Colour Trends 2016/17

Published October 19, 2016

colour-trends-for-fall-2016Are you gearing up for a renovation this fall?

Or perhaps are you in the mood to change up your home’s decor? Well if you fall into either of these categories then you may want to be aware of what colour experts are saying about this year’s colour trends.

Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 will be announced in December but store shelves are already giving us a sneak peak of what we can expect for fall.

According to a colour survey done by CIL Paint in July of this year, white, grey and beige remain the most popular picks for Canadian interior walls. It appears that Canadians prefer neutral colours for the inside of their homes. In fact, 51 per cent of more than 1,500 polled consumers across the country believe that these three colours create a livable, natural and calming environment in their homes. In contrast, 36 per cent believe that pastel colours, such as yellow, blue and green, are the better choice. The remaining 13 per cent prefer red, black or purple in their home environments.

It seems evident that in spite of more saturated colours trending in home decor, consumers prefer to stick with neutrals. However, what was interesting in this study was the growth of acceptance of pastels within the home.

This may explain why we are seeing an abundance of soft, autumn pastel cushions, poufs, throws and bedding on store shelves. There is a gorgeous colour palette out in the market at the moment showcasing pale greens, buttery yellows and orange-red for accent pieces.

Brown is making a comeback as a grounding colour with muted aquas and adobe shades.

Look for various shades of greens, purples, blues and yellows this fall. Grey will still be prominent in key pieces such as sofas, chairs and upholstered beds. Combine these pieces with soft shades of blue and purple for a rich, comfortable look.

If you would like to keep changes to a minimum and prefer to just give your home a little autumn glow this season, then look for toss cushions in these new colours. Dress up a plain, grey sofa with teal cushions and a wool throw.

Whatever your plan is for this fall, check out store shelves for the latest in fall decor. You may be surprised how inspired you will become.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging & Redesign. (photo courtesy of Urban Barn Park Royal)