Behr Paint’s Trending Colors for 2016, High Contrast Color


“Chromatic brights mingle with dark moody tones, glossy surfaces and layered textures in this exotic-Asian-style inspired dining room.” 

Now, if that doesn’t make you want to repaint your dining room (ahem, whole house), I don’t know what will.

Well, maybe if we offered a few extra jaw-dropping ideas, that just may do the trick. After all, how many times will you find someone saying, “You have to paint your bedroom black”?

From black to fuschia to yellow, we’re giving you the green light to go wild with your paint choices over the next year. Of course, we have to thank Behr Paint for putting together this super-helpful color guide to begin with, in order to get us inspired for 2016’s upcoming trends! We’re only showcasing Behr’s boldest color palette, so if you’re wanting something a bit subtler, be sure to check out their guide for additional recommendations. Either way, you can never go wrong with a fresh coat of paint to change things up, even if it means repainting one room (or all)!

Making Bold Statements

Black Pearl

The understated, muted black, also known as Behr’s Black Pearl (T16-01), made the cut for 2016 thanks to its luxurious tones and sophisticated style. I mean, if parents are painting their newborn’s nursery in this color, it has to be a winner, right? What we love the most is that it makes the perfect backdrop for all of your colorful artwork, or if you’re going for a simpler design, it pairs incredibly well with neutral colors like white, beige, and brown, as well as natural materials like wood, brick, and metal.

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The fuschia of the future, Behr’s Pagoda (T16-02), will not disappoint. If you’re looking for that WOW factor, look no further. Whether you’re painting one wall, two walls, or an entire room, this bright color will steal the show. And although fuschia may be a bit feminine, there are numerous ways to neutralize the color by pairing it with warm wood elements, using it as accent color, and also by utilizing it on a small piece furniture, like the dresser below. This will allow you to add the pizazz you’re looking for, without overwhelming your guests with the immediate shock fuschia can sometimes enduce.

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Emperor’s Silk

Easily a favorite, Emperor’s Silk (T16-03) can appeal to both men and women thanks to the richness of the color. Teal is becoming an all-time favorite these days, as it pops in the morning and adds mystery at night. Whether you choose to utilize a monochromatic look or want to try out the bold hue on an accent wall (or stairway!), don’t be afraid to take the plunge. You may think that dark colors make a room feel smaller, but that’s not always the case. Test it out on one wall, maybe a second, and continue on to the next if you find that the color suits your home well.

Emperor's Silk Paint by Behr Emperor's Silk Paint by Behr

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Jewel toned colors are gaining a lot of traction as we head into 2016. There’s something about this color that just makes you feel elegant. Behr’s Galapagos (T16-04) should not be ignored this season, as you can do so much with this bold color. Paint a ceiling, your kitchen cabients, or your bedroom walls – the sky’s the limit! Here’s a tip: go with a semigloss finish for added luxury, refinement, and a bit of sheen.

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Canary Diamond

Stimulate your senses with a pop of color this summer by incorporating Behr’s Canary Diamond paint (T16-05) into your home’s decor. Even better, you don’t have to go crazy with coverage since a little bit goes a long way. A small amount is all you’ll need to put a bright, cheery smile on your face. And who doesn’t want that?

Canary Diamonds Paint by Behr Canary Diamonds Paint by Behr

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Taking the Plunge

Whether you’re painting the walls, kitchen cabinets, doors, or even your curbside treasures, be sure to select the right paint for your application. Wood, acrylic, laminate, and other common surfaces will require special care and attention to make sure your final product turns out how you envisioned, as opposed to becoming another Pinterest fail.

Be sure to always prep your surface (the most time-consuming) by cleaning, sanding, or removing old finishes. Proper preparation will allow the paint to adhere to the surface, and prevent the new paint from chipping, cracking, or peeling. Of course, if you’ve primed the surface first and allowed enough time for the paint to dry between coats, you won’t have to worry about those issues anyway.

Good luck on your painting adventure! Which color will you choose?


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