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Colour Trends IMM

By Gudy Herder  – 

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Colour Trends IMM 2016
Talking Interior Design there was not much novelty this year to observe at the IMM Cologne trade show.
However, there are a few interesting colour combinations I'd like to share today.

There has been quite some change in the industry the past years when it comes to determine trending colours.

2013 still featured this one colour with a specific colour code (either Pantone or NCS). It was al about the Petrol, the Yellow, the Mint, the Coral.

In 2014 and 2015, different shades within one colour took center stage and every single brand would come up with their very individual choice. Working with trendy colours had become more democratic.


Palau | Palau| Leolux

In 2016, we can look forward to colour blocking as a next step.
Several colours are combined in one single piece of furniture or atmosphere. And these combinations can cover primary and seconday colours, or work with shades within one colour. When going for the second option, mostly earth colours are chosen by interior design brands.

Make-up colours are still strong and make an interesting juxtaposition with saffran whereas charcoal gives a slightly more serious approach to this rich colour combo.

If you had to pick a flooring to go with these colours and style, we would definitely recommend warm and trendy Oak Mystic Jungle planks of the Fashion Collection.


The next combination reflects a high interest still in burgundy and blush, but this time all paired up with a neutral back ground of several grey (and even blue-ish) shades. Grey has been used over the past years to provide a more neutral frame when colours get quirky or feminine allowing to reach a wider audience.

Combining with an Oak Shabby Grey flooring providing a neutral and sleek backdrop would probably be the finest option here.

Kettal | Palau | Kettal


Italian brands are true to their usual colour palettes offering a rather sophisticated lifestyle enhanced by noble materials such as walnut, marble, leather and velvet. Materials used throughout the room scheme and tone-on-tone colours will serve to manifest a true come back of luxe and high end demands on the interior design market.

Minotti | Molteni | Lema

You can go for different shades of greys and browns on walls, flooring, textiles and furniture. Mixing with natural elements and soft textures will give a warmer look&feel.
We are back to darker woods such as walnut which has been the new wood to observe on the show used for benches, tables, chairs and sofa structures. When it comes to flooring, Oak Shadow would be the perfect fit here.

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