5 Unexpected Color Palettes To Explore

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    Opal Gray and Serenity

    While Pantone's Colors of the Year are Rose Quartz and Serenity for 2016, there are a host of other palettes to explore. The complete Pantone color palette for 2016 includes a mix of mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink, married with silver or hot brights for a little splash and sparkle. We looked at the portfolio of one of our favorite design studios, Studiopepe, to identify five new palettes that you will have no problem embracing at home this year.

    To go with Serenity's cool shade, Opal Gray is the perfect complement. With a gray-blue tone, Opal Gray works well with pastels like baby blue and light pink. The color palette is perfect for settings like this sophisticated dining room. For a twist on tradition, we love the idea of painting the walls in gray, and upholstering chairs in Serenity blue for a fun pop of color.   

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    While Pantone didn't include it in their palette for this year, Benjamin Moore named Simply White as their color of the year for 2016 and we like the choice. Layers of white can be intriguing in an interior. A white color palette draws the eye to texture and silhouettes in a space, like in this crisp white bedroom designed by Studiopepe.  

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    Old Rose

    Rose is having a moment in home decor, with rose gold popping up in everything from flatware to lighting. Old Rose is a beautiful color choice to bring home this year. The soft color is not quite pink and not quite purple, but utterly feminine. When you mix it with dark shades like warm brown, black and wood tones, this light hue gets a major lift. A crisp white is also a great contrast to this purple-pink shade.   

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    Cloud Dancer and Red

    5 Unexpected Color Palettes To Explore In 2016

    Red is definitely having a comeback in 2016. Expect to see it on the runways of New York Fashion Week. In some ways, the classic shade never goes out of style. This year, try pairing it with a soft gray like Cloud Dancer. The barely-there neutral is a great backdrop for bright red tones that can't help but stand out.  

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    Serenity and Navy Blue

    Serenity can get a real push this year with a much darker, richer blue. Navy blue and Serenity are the perfect color combination. And the two absolutely shine when a silvery gray is put into the mix. This color palette plays well with natural tones like brown and light green. It's absolutely stunning in this glam dining room.