Nippon releases the 2016 Color Trends

What does Nippon paint and LifeisKulayful have in common? Simple. We both love colors and I literally went into color heaven when I saw the new colors being forecasted for next year.

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, a member of the Nippon Paint Malaysia Group,  launched its second “Trend Beyond Colours”, unveiling nine key colour palettes featured across three inspirational palettes: “We Are One”, “New Eco” and “Wonder-Lust.” The nine colours are forecasted to drive utilisation across various industries and applications in 2016 and 2017. 

The nine trend colours were curated and handpicked by more than 50 design professionals, colour experts and enthusiasts from all over the Asia Pacific Region, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan, held at the Asia Pacific ChromaZone Colour Forecasting Workshop 2015 in Japan earlier this year. 

The Asia Pacific ChromaZone Colour Forecasting Workshop was organised by Colour Marketing Group (CMG), the leading authority in identifying, understanding and forecasting colour trends, in collaboration with Nippon Paint. It is the only convergence of Asian professionals to create an Asian Palette specifically for the region, and the forecasted colours form an important reference point that influences colours used across a wide range of industries from automotive, fashion to electronic gadgets as well as for architectural and interior spaces. CMG and Nippon Paint held the first Workshop was held in 2014, resulting in the inaugural Trend Beyond Colours 2015/16.

As the Number 1 coatings expert in the Asia Pacific Region, Nippon Paint has taken on the leadership role in working with interior designers and architects from across Asia Pacific in developing the Trending  Asian Colour Palettes - a truly Asian Colour Palette made by Asian Professionals.

“As the Total Coatings Expert, Nippon Paint continuously pushes the boundaries of paint and colours to pioneer and redefine the Asian palette, inspiring consumers to re-think paint and re-create possibilities on all surfaces. Colours form a very big part of the Asian culture and Asia is one of the fastest-growing continents in the world, both in terms of size and population, comprising almost two-third of the 7.0 billion world population. This further reinforces the reason why it is important that Asia forms its own unique colour palettes to drive the trend in terms of colour application or expressions,” said Michael Chung, General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines.

Elaborating on the inspiration for Trend Beyond Colours, Chung added, “Nippon Paint’s Trend Beyond Colours 2016/17 captures the region’s essence, from its beautiful landscape to its increasingly connected people driven by technology. Essentially, the Trend Beyond Colours makes it easier for consumers to create their own masterpieces – with a little more vibrancy. The forecast colours are also relevant across multi-platforms, multi-industries as manufacturers and designers recognise the growing value of Asian consumers and businesses through colour applications.”

Understanding that colours can enliven the environment and mood around us, Nippon Pant has unveiled three colour themes - “We Are One, “New Eco” and “Wonder-Lust”. Each theme features three unique colours, allowing consumers to explore and express their imagination. 

The first series, “We Are One”, features modern colours reminding how new age technology and social media are constantly affecting our lives and keeping us connected wherever we are. The palette features Founder Blue (NP PB 1527D), Gray Knight (NP N 2001T), and Green Tuft (NP BGG 1666A), accentuating people’s connection in a world without boundaries where digital devices are an indispensable part of our life today. 

The second series, “New Eco” celebrates the wonders and simplicity of Mother Earth. Inspired by nature, “New Eco” brings consumers back in touch with the environment from its quietly stylish but ultimately comforting colours. The palette reinterprets Asia’s captivating nature, from the vintage soul of Asia to the serene oceans and mighty volcanoes personified by its three colours, Tavern Buff (NP N 1867P), Lush (NP BGG 1605T) and Volcanic Black (NP N 1918A). 

The third collection, “Wonder-Lust” embodies today’s YOLO or “You only live once” culture as it explores one’s discovery for the perfect balance in life through our continual search for new interests, hobbies, experiences and adventures. For consumers that aren’t afraid of some excitement in their life, “Wonder-Lust” is equally big, bold and bright in colours. The lively colours featured are Being Peach (NP YO 1219T), Fast Car (NP AC 2076A), and Blue Lullaby (NP PB 1550P). 

“To create these palettes, we have analysed the effects of colours and how behaviour is influenced by colour, fashion, retail performance, lifestyle trends and culture in today’s world. Nippon Paint’s Trend Beyond Colours will inspire consumers to create their own designer styles drawing on the three themes handpicked by our designers. The publication is packed with many photos and ideas, featuring our designers’ personal tips and recommendations on how the colour palette can be cleverly and innovatively applied on both interior and exterior surfaces,” Chung said. 

“Moreover, through Nippon Paint’s technological innovations, these colours can be coated to almost any imaginable surfaces including wood, tiles, cement, slate and glass. Consumers can also use these colours to mimic the look and feel of three-dimensional textures of stone, marble, velvet, or satin using the series of Nippon Paint Momento Special Effect Paint. 

Trend Beyond Colours 2016/17 is available for download online. To download or to read it online, please visit

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