Designers look forward to Pantone's color of the year announcement

This time of year is a busy one for interior desingers, architects, fashion aficionados, manufacturers and psychologists as they anxiously await color expert's Color of the Year selections.

Sherwin Williams just announced that their choice for 2016's Color of the Year is, to everyone's surprise--White!  SW 7008 Alabaster to be precise.  Well, not really a surprise as Benjamin Moore and Glidden have also selected white as their choice.

The return of a "non color" like white is quite a change from previous years where bright shades of blue, green, pink, red, purple and even orange were chosen.  But these experts spend a great deal of time researching the moods and feelings of the general public and make their decision based on these findings. Their thinking is that today's consumers may enjoy a respite from the over-kill of bright and saturated colors.  The demands of a busy, technology filled life and paired with world events can be over-whelming.  Therefore, returning to a calm and peaceful interior swathed in white walls may be just what we need.

Designers are now anxiously awaiting what some consider to be the leading color expert, Pantone, to announce their 2016 Color of the Year.  This announcement is expected in early December and it is anyone's guess.  Some are predicting a shade of blue, others are expecting Pantone to follow suit and select a shade of white.  The options are unlimited but what we do know is that whatever color they choose, you will begin to see it when you shop for clothing, furniture, fabrics and paint colors.

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