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Livable Color Trend for 2016-Surf + Turf

Livable Color Trend Surf + Turf

Hi there friends! Last October I had the privilege of attending a Color Trend Luncheon in NYC hosted by Jillian Harris and HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. It was an incredible experience to say the least. The intimate afternoon conversation was centered around color trends in 2016 and was led by Sue, the Color Marketing and Design Manager at Sherwin-Williams Diversified Brands Division. It was good food, good people and the most valuable insight into hot hues in the new year. I felt like I was writing notes the entire time, so obviously I walked away with lots to share. As I broke my list & thoughts down, I realized I should start with a color trend that was livable and one that most of us are impartial to. It’s the idea of using color elements from sea & sand to build a collected, natural and connected palette. Also known as Surf & Turf, that is the creative language that was used at the luncheon.

I love this color combination for so many reasons but mainly because it’s universal & relatable, whether you live coastally or not. Most of us have traveled to the coast at one time or another & the sea left us with a peaceful memory and if not, then maybe you dream of visiting the coast someday. Either way it is a pleasing palette, the tones are organic, bold, blue and moody, they draw you in, captivate you and take you away to another place.

Moody Dock SW Color SnapIndigo has become a hot color choice and when used with the natural tones of a sandy landscape, it becomes a beautiful pairing. Through layering crisp whites, woven materials, warm woods and shades of blue we are able to bring this palette to life.

Emily Henderson-Target

[via]Beach Day

Table Setting by 100 Layer Cake-Sand + Sea Color Trend


Natural textures and Indigo blue in Cottlesloe -Design Hunter


The warmer, earthier and beach tones can be reflected through organic materials such as baskets, rugs & other accessories. Lets not forget that leather & wood can bring in this warmth as well.

My Domaine-Modern dining space with bench and blue pillows


Moody Blues and Soft Wheat Tones 2

Inside a Young Family’s Eclectic California Home via @domainehome      [via]


Sand & Sea tones throughout this beautiful family room-Amber Interiors


Summer Tour & Dining Room Reveal-DIY Art

You can find my dining room reveal HERE.

Here are some other palettes I had fun creating over at Color Snap. It is so fun & easy you will find yourself addicted to this feature.

Moody Beach Tones

Moody Beach Day & Beautiful Natural Tones

Docks SW Color Snap

Dusk SW Color Snap

What do you think? Do you love this color palette as much as I do?

Thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Beautiful inspiration, Jen. I love deep, dark blue with almost any color. It’s hands down my favorite shade to add to any room…and I think soon every room in my house will have it!

  2. Loved the post! And those colors I really like to! My husband and I are in the middle of painting our house(top to bottom) And the color we chose for the walls is cream in my coffee by valspar. Such a pretty color!

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