“PRESERVATION” WILL INFLUENCE 2012 DECORATING PALETTE
What color will walls be wearing 18 months from now? Benjamin Moore color experts offer up predictions with their annual color trend report, Color Pulse 2012, exclusively for design professionals. The impending palette, according to this latest edition, will be influenced by a cultural wave focused on Preservation plus four defining sub-themes: Heritage, Process, Protection and Enlightenment.
Doty Horn, director of color and design for Benjamin Moore, explained that the palette continues to be reflective of the gray and brown scale that’s been prevalent the past few years. “We’re seeing camel and khaki as the new neutrals upon which richer, more traditional hues can be layered and accented,” she said. Examining the primary color families more carefully, here’s what can be expected:
Look for a range from feminine reds and spot-on oranges to soft vintage and blushing pink tones. Among some of the Benjamin Moore Paint colors specifically called out that are likely “hotties” for 2012 are Candy Cane Red, Orange, Potpourri and Chantilly Lace.
Golden and sunny, yellow returns with brightness and lacquered shine versus previous preferences for matte finishes. Reflective blondes, honey gold and digital iterations of the hue are emerging with our desire for simplicity.
On one end of the spectrum, we’ll be seeing Benjamin Moore colors such as Baby Chick, Hollywood Gold, Metallic Gold; on the other end, there will be more neutral tones like Subtle, Buttercream Pearl, Tumeric and Bronze Metallic
The movement is to crisper shades, some teal-tinged but also safari and camouflage tones. The Benjamin Moore forecasters have pointed to choices that range from Fresh Scent Green, Pear Green and Winchester Sage to Dark Olive and Harbour Town.
Water and air strongly inspire this portion of the 2012 palette. You’ll also find “mysterious” charcoal and blackened navy hues creating a new dimension for black. Look for Benjamin Moore blues such as Palm Coast Teal, Old Glory, Instinct and Serenata, along with those deeper tones such as Deep Ocean, Gentlemen’s Gray and Mysterious.
This is just a sample of the “PanSpectrum” view offered in Color Pulse 2012. All told, 52 Benjamin Moore colors drawn from the company’s 3,300+ system are cited and inspiring combinations proposed. Woven into these helpful resource materials are predictions, as well, on the parallel trends in textures and patterns. For more information, visit www.benjaminmoore.com or call 866-708-9181.