2016 Trending wallpaper colours you should know about

It seems that everywhere we look particularly in design and fashion, certain colour palettes prevail and receive more attention than others.

Who determines what the season’s ‘it’ colours are? And more so, why do we end up liking them so much?

We have an answer.

Working alongside leading designers from various industries, colour-authority Pantone attentions seasonal colour needs based on nature, art and culture to develop a conceptual framework from which newer tones and palettes are derived.

With spring and nature as a basis for this latest framework, the idea of rebirth, growth and a desire for momentary serenity – an existence disconnected from urban noise, media and conflict, further propels the rise and rise of pastels.

Introducing the top colours for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity.


Perhaps you may have seen these trending colours lately in fashion, beauty commercials and interior magazines?



In total, there are 10 colours developed and chosen by Pantone that comprise the season’s palette. This schema is then used by all design-led industries and once products are created, these are disseminated into the world and highlighted in the media.



Along with their Pantone descriptions, see how these top trending colours appear in the wonderful world of wallpaper below.

Rose Quartz

“A pervasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”

Collection featured: Modern Artisan and Riviera Maison


Peach Echo

“A shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility.”

Collection featured: Masterpiece and Waverly Classics



“Comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times.”

Collection featured: Kyoto and Un Bisou


Snorkel Blue

“Plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context.”

Collection featured: Luz and Pip Studio



“Designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.”

Collection featured: Lavmi Yellow and Werner Aisslinger


Limpet Shell

“Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.”

Collection featured: Masterpiece and Waverly Global Chic


Lilac Gray

“Adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.”

Collection featured: Kyoto



“A harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales.”

Collection featured: Waverly Global Chic and Ashford Tropics


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.”

Collection featured: Riviera Maison and Modern Artisan


Green Flash

“Push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette.”

Collection featured: Anaglypta (paintable) and Werner Aisslinger