Robert Allen Reveals Interior Designer Color of the Year for 2016

Batik Blue Beats Out Beet and Mussel Shell in Online Vote

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Batik Blue

Robert Allen, a color pioneer in the interiors industry for more than 75 years, has announced the Interior Designer Color of the Year for 2016: Batik Blue. This moody blue beat out saturated Beet and subtle Mussel Shell in a survey of more than 2,000 interior designers and design aficionados to win the title of Interior Designer Color of the Year for 2016, coming out on top with 40% of the vote among the three colors.

Hannah Alderson, Design Director for Robert Allen, notes, “Shades of blue always resonate in the design community, so it’s no surprise that Batik Blue won out! This isn’t your average blue, though; Batik Blue alludes to an exotic origin and is a fresh take on a familiar hue.”

Batik Blue, Beet, and Mussel Shell, were selected by the Color Experts at Robert Allen as three colors that will have strong relevance in interior design throughout2016. From there, both interior designers and design lovers voted online, selecting Batik Blue as the winner. To determine the initial three options, Robert Allen examined colors in style throughout history, as well as current color patterns on runways, in interiors, and even trending online.

“Batik Blue is a particularly versatile shade,” continues Alderson. “Think of your favorite pair of jeans and how you pair them with everything in your closet, regardless of color, pattern, or texture. We see Batik Blue the same way, as a backdrop to all colors, whether calm and neutral or bright and funky.”

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Batik Blue, Beet, and Mussel Shell will be featured in Robert Allen’s Spring 2016 Color Library: Drenched Color collection, which will launch at Deco Off in Paris January 21-25, 2016 (Besson Showroom, 29 Rue Bonaparte – 75006 Paris).

Batik Blue: Like a tried-and-true pair of jeans, Batik Blue’s inky dark indigo is infinitely versatile whether layered with similar unbuttoned blues for a classic, tone-on-tone look, or offset with arresting colors such as fuchsia and lime.

Beet: Flaunting one of the most brilliant colors found in the natural world, beet’s saturated red-cast purple connotes high fashion and pairs well witheverything from creamy white to bright green—like that found in its leafy tops.

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Mussel Shell

Mussel Shell: Inspired by a bivalve’s opalescent, purple-tinged blue, Mussel Shell is an intriguing, grownup version of periwinkle that balances masculine and feminine undertones.

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About The Robert Allen Group

The Robert Allen Group is one of the world’s largest designers of fine fabrics for the interior design trade and is recognized as a brand leader in its field. Based in the USA, the company sells its products under the Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen Contract, and Robert Allen @ Home brands, and is renowned for the Robert Allen Color Library, recognized as the first fine fabric collection to be designed by color. The Robert Allen Group has showroom locations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and an extensive worldwide agent showroom network.