Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 was a surprise for one big reason: They actually named two colors for that honor, Rose Quartz and Serenity (a soft blue). While they might be on-trend — Rose Quartz feels very similar to the ubiquitous rose gold that’s popped up everywhere from iPhones to engagement rings, and light-blue shades never fall completely out of favor — we thought that there were a few other shades that captured 2016 a little more. We weren’t the only ones who felt underwhelmed: Our friends over at Nous Decor came up with a list of colors that should be highlighted this year. Here’s what they chose, based on trends they’ve seen, plus how we’re interpreting these oh-so-current colors.


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Why We Love It: White is a perfect color that can be incorporated into any space and never goes out of style. An all-white space also allows you the freedom to change up your color palette through accessories and other pops of color. Take this photo for example: Even something as small as a bright book on a coffee table or a cluster of orchids makes a big impact.

About The Designer: Before opening Thomas Hamel and Associates in 1990 in Sydney, Australia, interior designer Thomas Hamel attended the Fashion Institute of Technology before continuing his studies at the American College in London. The award-winning designer has a worldly point of view that comes across in his interiors.

Shop Pieces Inspired By This Color:

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Row One: Claeys Side Chair, White Porcelain Perfect Vase

Row Two: Asian Style Lacquered Console,  Mongolian Lamb Galleria Ottoman

Bright Pink

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Why We Love It: Bright pink is a color that many people tend to steer clear of because they are afraid of it looking too childish or too bright. But a saturated pink can have such a commanding presence, as seen in this vignette. White furniture and trim, along with lush indoor plants, temper the intensity a tad through contrast.

About The Designer: Before becoming an interior designer, Brian Patrick Flynn was a television producer who both produced and directed home improvement shows. His work often features fearless colors that pop on camera, but also make a gorgeous backdrop to everyday life.

Shop Pieces Inspired By This Color:

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Row One: Indian Tibetan Rug, Bourges Tight Back Chair 

Row Two: Hollywood Regency Style Side Chairs, Pakistani Overdyed High Pile Rug


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Why We Love It: Lilac is known to be a calming color, and that is exactly what this room brings us, pure relaxation. With the plush accessories throughout this bedroom, it creates a lush interior that immediately catches the eye.

About The Designer: Repeatedly named to Architectural Digest‘s exclusive “AD 100” list, Laura Hunt has become known for her luxurious interiors. Laura brings a fresh take on traditional elements through a focus on form and pattern.

Shop Pieces Inspired By This Color:

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Row One: Persian Tabriz Over Dyed Antique Area Rug, Astoria Sofa

Row Two: Velvet Ottoman, Louis XV Chenille Armchair


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Why We Love It: This pale shade of grey makes every room feel so elegant and refined. It pairs beautifully with cool-toned colors, like the crisp white trim and blue upholstery in this exquisite dining room. Alabaster also “softens” the effect of darker wood tones, which tend to overwhelm a room.

About The Designer: Before creating her firm in 2007, interior designer Young Huh received a law degree from Fordham Law School. After pursuing further education, she discovered that design was her true passion. Young Huh creates designs that incorporate a wide range of styles from historic to contemporary, making sure each is tailored to her clients’ personalities and needs.

Shop Pieces Inspired By This Color:

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Row One: Mid-Century Recliner, Vintage Alabaster Lamps

Row Two: Custom Alabaster Bowl Pendant, Louis XV Chair Set 

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