Trends | 2016 Spring/Summer Colours

Summer is officially here, and with that comes a whole new variety of trendy colours to design with, both in fashion and interiors. It’s always fun to switch up your style every so often and give things new life, and what better way to do that than by adding some colour. Take a look at some ideas for how to incorporate Pantone’s ten new trendy colours in your home.

Image courtesy of  Message Note

Image courtesy of Message Note


Of course we start off with one of this year’s colour of the year. This soft dusty pink is the perfect hue to bring sophistication to this “little” girl’s bedroom. Which means that the bedroom can grow as she grows, without it feeling too young.

“The soothing, calming nature of colours in the Spring collections are led by PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz remind us to reflect on our surrounds during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.”

Image courtesy of  JSE Interior Design

Image courtesy of JSE Interior Design


The list wouldn’t be complete without the other colour of the year. It’s the right hue to add to a space that you don’t want to be dominated by colour. This gorgeous stone accent in the shower is the perfect way to bring in an accent colour in this otherwise white bathroom, but still keeping the space very soothing and calm.

“Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, PANTONE 15-2919 Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

Image courtesy of  Happy Interior Blog

Image courtesy of Happy Interior Blog


Peach Echo is the perfect shade of coral to add some punch to any space. This otherwise neutral dining room is full of personality with its vibrant walls, making this a space warm and welcoming enough for everyone to enjoy.

“The fashion and design communities, and consequently, consumers, have been in love with orange for several seasons. Coming to the fore this Spring is PANTONE 16-1548, Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family."

Image courtesy of  D'marge

Image courtesy of D'marge


This dining room is the perfect mix of modern design and traditional elements with its chevron wood floors, modern furniture, and wood trim detail on the walls, and everything painted out in a sophisticated moody blue to add just the right amount of drama.

“A maritime-inspired blue, PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implied a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones."

Image courtesy of Garnet Palm

Image courtesy of Garnet Palm


What better way to design for the summer with a warm vibrant yellow thrown into the mix? When decorating with such a bold colour, sometimes it’s best to incorporate it in key pieces while allowing the rest to be more neutral. This bedroom is the perfect example. By creating a yellow headboard and adding yellow accents in the artwork frames and upholstered patterned benches, it’s still a yellow room even though the majority of the elements are white. 

“While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup, designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.”

Image courtesy of D'marge

Image courtesy of D'marge


Limpet Shell is yet another vibrant colour to add to any space to bring that summer feeling of warmth and energy. This very simple eating area becomes the focal point of the kitchen with its warm green tone on the walls, and inviting upholstered seating.

“A shade of aqua that leans toward the green family, PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.”

Image courtesy of D'marge

Image courtesy of D'marge


It’s always nice to have a new neutral to play with when creating a space. Gray is such a great go to base to create any space from, since it’s so warm and versatile. But adding a little purple base to that gray completely changes the game. Using this new neutral on the sofa as well as the kitchen cabinetry, makes the space more interesting than using your standard gray. This living room and kitchen just prove that purple can be a very masculine colour!

“As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray, adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.”

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Image courtesy of Pinterest


I’m a big fan of a neutral base with an added pop of colour for any design, and this bathroom does it flawlessly. The subtle marble herringbone wall tile, white floors, and white countertops create a great canvas for this pop of green. With such simple elements and a classic green, this bathroom will be trendy for many years.

“PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.”

Image courtesy of  John Maniscal Architecture

Image courtesy of John Maniscal Architecture


Iced Coffee is yet another great new neutral to play with this season. With its warm undertones it can easily be paired with virtually any colour. Because it’s such a warm neutral it makes the kitchen feel so light and inviting, and pairs perfectly to bring out all the beautiful veining in the marble countertops.

“A transitional colour that will take us through the seasons, PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee manifests as another strong neutral for the season. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.”

Image courtesy of  Elle Decor

Image courtesy of Elle Decor


What better way to add life to your home (and your wardrobe), than with a punch of red? This kitchen certainly has no shortage of drama with its high-gloss red cabinetry. The colour definitely makes this otherwise simply designed kitchen very modern.

“The high energy PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales. A strong and fiery, yellow-based Red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.”

Image courtesy of  Bold Interior Designs

Image courtesy of Bold Interior Designs

And here’s a bonus room just for fun, to show that you can easily combine any of these colours to create the perfect warm space that’s just right for you. This living room is the perfect combination to showcase this year’s two colours of the year, Rose Quarts and Serenity – making this the perfect soft and elegant living room.