Color Trend Forecast for 2012
What New Home Interior Design Colors Will We See Most in 2012?
Here are some of the Most Popular 2012 Color Trends, Courtesy of Interior Designer Andrea Enns
If the Mayans thought the world was going to end in 2012, then perhaps that was simply their hope after having encountered one too many decorating dilemmas. Sometimes selecting color can be one of the most daunting of those dilemmas—so, the blissful are perhaps the color-blind for it all looks good to them?
Well in some cases yes—actually things often just look the OPPOSITE color which is very handy sometimes in a dilemma: Knowing what colors my father THOUGHT he liked, whenever he asked my mother if something for the house was “green” (his favorite color) she would deftly reply that it most certainly was—but the item in question was RED—coincidentally her favorite color! He never knew the difference.
Red and green are opposites on the color wheel and so they are direct compliments to one another.
Take a traditional brick home and watch it literally come to life as the green sod is laid—it’s not just because there is finally grass—it’s because the colors are true compliments to one another.
With all of the science behind color, why do we even care about color trends?
Some people will tell you that they don’t care about trends, but if they watch TV, read magazines, and are generally aware of the media, the guru’s (known as color forecasters) at The Color Association of America will know what you’re going to like anyway - they helped put the color in front of you as companies launching new products will consult them as to which color will best sell the item – so do you like the color because they put it in front of you or did they put it in front of you because they knew you would like the color??
Who knows—they also call it “Color Intelligence” amidst the covert operations over there at the association’s head quarters and I can see why!
What are the most popular 2012 new home design colors?
With that in mind, by far the most popular colors you will see in 2012 are:
2. Greens who still have the earth on their side
3. New takes on black and white
Blues have been subtly hinting about their comeback for a couple of years now, showing up at first in more formal rooms and appropriately through several of the hard to define shades of gray we have been enjoying.
(Of course, isn’t that just like gray to be seen more than one way).
However, in home furnishings and paint colors offered for 2012, blues are definitely back as true blues and will see a strong following since many people naturally favor blue anyway.
Pale blue walls can work in both traditional and light hearted modern settings.
At Stanton Homes, we have a home due to finish in the early part of next year; a pale sky blue has already been selected for several rooms and ceilings.
A blue ceiling has been a decorator favorite for a long time. It is as uplifting as looking up at the sky. Choose a very subtle shade or one that is slightly blue-green.
You can use it almost anywhere and it almost has more panache if there is nothing else in the room that is blue. It looks outstanding with the very dark brown tones we have been favoring in cabinets and hardwood floors. It is also the traditional choice for the bead board of a true southern porch ceiling.
On the other end of the spectrum we have deep dark navies –we love how great they show off the crown molding and baseboard and even though they are just as dark as the dark brown floors, the two elements together are nothing short of stunning.
Just try to miss the strong influx of blue in any current decorating magazine—it’s impossible to miss and too irresistible to pass up.
If by some slim chance you are still not convinced of this trend, just consult any older teenager or college student. They are the trend setters who give the nod to anything new that they deem worthy of their affection. I have one of these said creatures in my household and last July she announced, quite out of nowhere, that we needed to paint her room dark navy. Says the idea just popped into her head.
Greens seem to be remaining strong as the second most popular accent color. They too have been influenced by last year’s grays and browns.
Take for example the popularity of bronze—especially for last summer. Shades of bronze can be found as the deepest tones of green-browns on the color wheel.
For 2012 they are even influencing black and you will see mysterious black-greens (again another Southern tradition can lay claim to that color—the classic Charleston shutter is a black-green.)
There are also light greens influenced by gray as are often found in colors that remind us of beech pebbles or majestic mountains, or even the ocean.
Again, just like blue, greens tend to work wonderfully with the dark brown floor stains and dark Espresso Brown cabinets we are still so fond of.
Whites and Blacks
With that being said, are you ready for white cabinets again? Still? So soon? Did they ever really go away?
In my opinion white cabinets never really go out of style.
They are as classic as white tile and since new generation after new generation finds ways to present them as both “new’ and as classic, white cabinets will always stay around. They can work with any kind of interior depending on the door style. Somehow “white’ in general always comes back as new. What color are the newest i-phones? I rest my case.
Coincidentally Stanton Homes has just ordered two new white kitchens amongst many many dark brown maple Espresso kitchens.
In fact, the same trendy folks who chose the blue accents are going with a combination of painted white maple cabinets, Absolute black granite, white subway tiles, tall white bead board paneling, and rich Chestnut brown hardwood floors.
This home is brimming with colors and style that are American classics. It is currently called the Carwile, but we may have to re-name it the “All American”.
And, coincidentally or not, since the folks in Intelligence at the Color Association of America will say they knew it all along, the other white kitchen is scheduled to have green walls! How perfect is that?
So, fear not the color trends but embrace them and feel confident that for whatever reason, you will like them! At Stanton Homes we’re glad the Mayans were wrong and we look forward to all of the unique and beautiful homes we will have the opportunity to build for our customers in 2012.