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2016 Color Palette of the Year

This year's palette is downright upbeat. Don't worry -- not the exuberant, jumping-on-the-couch kind of happy. It's more like the kind of happy where your glass is half-full with an Aperol spritz and your current view is of the ocean. Who's in?

BY DIANA DICKINSON, PRODUCED & STYLED BY JESSICA THOMAS, PHOTOS BY ADAM ALBRIGHT









Meet the Colors









A palette is like one big, happy family -- each color is strong on its own, but they're even more amazing together. 

PINK

Finally, a pink that isn't too saccharine. "It's feminine, of course, but so sophisticated and amazing as a neutral when paired with blues, blacks, and metallic accents," says Khristian A. Howell, designer and color expert. Gentle Blush 2084-70 Benjamin Moore 

GRAY

The popular new kid on the color block isn't going away any time soon. This cool, muted gray can look both classic and contemporary. Foil DE6360 Dunn-Edwards

BLUE

Other colors in the palette almost bounce off this midtone blue, giving it a big, gregarious personality. Smoke Blue PPG451-5 Pittsburgh Paints 

GREEN

A hint of silver makes this green stand out. "It's a throwback to the greens used in 1950s kitchens," says interior designer Paige Sumblin Schnell. "It has a modern-retro vibe, which I love." Smoke Bell RL1599 Ralph Lauren Paint 

ORANGE

Everyone's crushing on this energetic orange. "It's like a kiss," says Kate Smith, designer and color expert. "It can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point." Tango 6649 Sherwin-Williams