Although red is still popular, its lighter tint of off-red, 1135 Glam, is showing up in unexpected places such as leather sofas and high end carpets. The most popular patterns containing flowers have the motif of a rose which is recognizable by more people than any other flower, and roses are sweet solace for today’s troubles. Here, Glam is shown with 570 Grey Locks, which is growing in importance; it is a perfect background for the brighter colors in any color family.
Pale Lilac emerges in the palette as a new neutral. 1218 Odyssey Lilac is light and dusty and its softness is like a comforting caress. It is paired here with 322 Gabriel’s Light, a popular golden beige, that surrounds it in warmth and protection.
But bright purples will emerge where we might least expect. Purples are forging ahead into destinations in which they have never appeared such as kitchens and living areas. Shown here is 1173 Purple Stiletto. Like any other bright color they bring cheer and hopefulness in times of stress. Here they are shown with a crisp white, a staple in any paint palette and also a popular kitchen cabinet color.
Blues are trending toward soft and dusty. 477 Ocean Cruise is a perfect example of this hue. They are as comforting as an ocean breeze and serene as a calm day making them perfect for bathrooms and spas. Here they are paired with gray and beige marble tiles.
Nothing is closer to nature than green and, for the most part, greens are warmed with yellow like 751 Green Glass. Or they can be soft sages or bright limes that coordinate with deep olive and bronze hues. Here green is shown with a tropical orange, 932 Sun Splashed.
Yellow is a cheery hue, toned down to gold like 869 Frozen Fruit it is the core of many patterns, especially present in area rugs. Here gold is paired with brown, certainly not new, but it still high on the list of best sellers.
Color trends for 2012 are still considered safe as uncertainty is still an undercurrent while optimism is on the surface of many people’s minds. The general population still buy more white, off white and beige in large numbers but we colorists can only hope that trend will change in the future.