Color Trends 2012 – Making Lemonade!


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The 2012 color forecast is nothing to today’s heat index predicting record-breaking temperatures, in my neck of the woods!

There are so many ways to make lemonade – I thought we might make some together, and sip on some inspiration for redesign in the comfort of air-conditioned rooms in need of reinvention.

Better Homes and Gardens – Designer Mimi McMakin

Mimi says that a soft yet sassy palette from interior designer Mimi Makin combines of colors that cherish the memory of summer days, year-round–a soft turquoise-y blue ceiling, light citrusy green walls, bright white trim, pale yellow chintz fabric on the furniture, with some bright pops of pink on pillows or accessories.

Walls: Benjamin Moore Lemon Freeze 2025-50
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Innocence 2055-70
Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Lemonade 2024-60
Small accents: Benjamin Moore Hot Lips 2077-30

Black Raspberry Lemonade and a room it might inspire from Color Your World

Kishani Perera’s Poppy

This palette is bold yet no one color is overpowering. However, you do need high-impact white and black accents for a visual break.

Walls: Benjamin Moore Old Claret 2083-30
Painted piece: Benjamin Moore Purple Easter Egg 2073-50
Accent: Benjamin Moore Butterscotch 2157-30
Accent: Benjamin Moore Butter 2023-60


Pinterest and DecorPad (right)

Designer Ann Fox’s palette – Better Homes & Gardens website

Ann Fox’s Warm SeaglassAnn says: Being a native Texan, I can’t get enough of cool beach glass tones. This scheme is a bit of a twist (and maybe a bit more livable) than the usual beach room. It’s not quite as icy.Walls: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Seabrook 750
Upholstery (sofa): Benjamin Moore Sweet Daphne 529
Accents: Benjamin Moore Seaside Blue 2054-50
Accents: Benjamin Moore Beverly Hills 180


Country Home – Blueberry Lemonade and Decor Pad

Katie Lydon’s New Pink

Better Homes and Gardens

Katie says: This is a rich gray that looks great with white trim. You can change the accent colors and therefore, the whole feel of the room without a huge expense.

Walls: Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers AC-28
Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Natural Cream OC-14
Painted coffee table or other accent: Benjamin Moore Van Buren Brown HC-70
Pillows: Benjamin Moore Rose Silk 2104-60
Small accents: Metallic silver

images from Pinterest

Gunkelman’s Updated Classic

Gunkelman’s Updated Classic

Tom Gunkelman says: This is a classic palette but has a fresh overall feeling with the two accent colors–steel blue and yellow. Soft green walls make a perfect backdrop; it’s nature’s color.Walls: Benjamin Moore Hampton Green 2150-50
Ceiling and trim: Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967
Large accent color: Benjamin Moore Charlotte Slate AC-24
Upholstered furniture: Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige HC-80
Small accent (pillows): Benjamin Moore Yellow Rain Coat 2020-40

Sip Color, and stay cool!