Color Trends 2012 / 2013 – Benjamin Moore Color Pulse – CYCLE

Benjamin Moore CYCLE color forecast for 2013

If you are looking at these colors, you may be seeing them as a whole and wondering what they are thinking. But be patient and don’t judge too quickly – we are going to wander down the path of reinvention to learn what lays ahead in 2013.

Recycling is essentially either destroying or reinventing an item to reinvent another; often with a new use unrelated to its original form.

A Currey Lamp made entirely from old print blocks.

The very appropriate theme of the CYCLE color group from Benjamin Moore’s Color Pulse 2013 color forecast is really about up-cycling (as are nearly all color trends). To go forward we need to look to understand what we learned in the past….

Here’s a time capsule: Benjamin Moore introduced one of the 3 paint collections focused on historical color paints, by Benjamin Moore to coincide with the American Bicentennial in 1976. Since then, their Historical Colors collection has evolved to keep pace with the times and been up-cycled again for the CYCLE palette over 4 decades later. Benjamin Moore sourced the original 18th and 19th century colors for buildings administered by the U.S. National Park Service’s office in Philadelphia, including Constitution Hall. These colors were obtained through an epic process that involved stripping multiple layers of paint and then matching with Munsell designations (a graduated scale that measures logical relationships between these historical shades the contemporary standardized system).

What does this mean to you? Fresh, yet timeless, sophistication in color use that live in concert with today’s mulch-function, relaxed style. No, I don’t work for BM – but these colors may work for you; particularly those of you whose aesthetic involves the marriage of more traditional elements with rustic or contemporary furnishings and accents.

CYCLE through another lens

Let’s modify the palette by omitting the red, leaving as the accent a color that is in the same family as Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango. What’s left are traditional but strong neutrals. Many of you have used these before.

Have a look at some shots I took in the Metropolitan Museum of Art the 18th century meets Modern traditional wall color:

Gaugin against a wall very much like Cycle’s BM HC87

Claude Monet with a color very much like HC88 below and a diluted hue above.

Now take a step forward with these colors and mix traditional strong neutrals with the comfortable, eclectic decor of today:

Blues2 with Cycle – British HG

Tobi Fairly with Cycle Colors – see the family resemblance?

CYCLE and Jjorn Wallander – Country Living

John Oliver’s gold emulsion Bedroom with CYCLE shades – image from House to Home UK

These are not over the rainbow colors that fly in the face of convention and comfort zone. These are old friends and family that you have known and loved before – just click your heels 3 times and grab a roller….

and try a few accessories to make it all shine:

Designers Guild Rug, Nancy Price Pillows and a Currey chandelier