Interior paint trends for 2012

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ March 20, 2012

Natural earth hues, subtle shades and occasional splashes of vivid color make up the palate predicted to be the favorite selection of paint for 2012. Wood grain finishes will be darker than they've been, while colors on vinyl window cladding and spot features may be bold and risky.

These predictions for the home colors and finishes trends for 2012 come from door and window manufacturer JELD-WEN. The company foresees this year having a mix-and-match aesthetic, with bold trim and exposed wood receiving accent color. The company's exterior doors will come in knotty red cedar, Neapolitan bamboo and white wash, exuding color and style.

Earth tones reflect paint trends toward green and sustainability

JELD-WEN's window catalog for 2012 includes a line of products made of reclaimed hardwood. Earth tone paint provides a finishing touch for this retro style. Pantone palate colors for 2012 are named "Nonchalance, Subtleties, Resilience, Indigo Effects, and Transcending Time, Back to the Fuchsia, Reflections, Nouveau Neon and The Comics".

Bloggers at Re-Do It Design say the colors by name and attribute suggest simplicity, subtle connections between hues, twilight colors, glossy finish and colors, and tropical combinations of yellow, orange, purple and raspberry for spot use.

The mix and match painting era

Trends also point toward the interactions between paint color and household lighting. Earth tone trending owes an influence to Asian, African and Middle Eastern design with faux-skin upholstery and dark woods.

The Boston Globe reports that Pantone has selected "Tangerine Tango" as the color to display a breakthrough in both interior design and fashion apparel. The idea, Pantone officials say, is to add warmth and joy to a depressed economic climate. That's a trend that hard to argue against.

Recently The Chicago Tribune predicted that pale colors will grow a little richer as trends move from "skim milk" to a whole milk texture. Lipstick hues like rose and mauve will return to vogue, too, according to the newspaper.

Painting goes organic, eclectic and spicy

Over at Benjamin Moore, color palates include "Earth and Sky", "Sense and Sensibility", "Spiced Life", and "Eclectic Elegance". Eclectic Elegance includes colors like burgundy, white and gray, while Earth and Sky mixes olive, grey and blue.

Taken as a whole, the trends suggest that consumers are choosing to complement the green or sustainable aspects of interior design, while bravely stepping out to flash a dazzling mix of spot colors.

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