New! PANTONE Spring / Summer 2012 Color Trends

NEW! PANTONE Color Trends 2012

Update: PANTONE Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Home + Fashion Trends are in:…nter-2012-2013/

Hot off the press, I just got off of PANTONE’s spring / summer 2012 webinar, introducing the new Color Trends Forecast!

Bridges is the theme – “connecting people and places”

There’s a strong influence between fashion trends, that tends to cross over into home décor in both color and textural influences. So here’s a first peek at the Color Trends Forecast for 2012 so you can compare and contrast its influence on Home and Housewares Color Trends (featured on the image at the top of this article). Fashion influence is a great inspirational cross-over for choosing wall color and inventing your color story, because clothing is scalable and easier to see in your mind’s eye.

Summer always incorporates those colors and tones that draw us inexorably to the sea…

Pantone’s theme is Bridges, which has everything to do with what is going on in Interior Design. The trend is really about metallics, transparency, and optical textures in fabrics shown side-by-side with very modern matte finishes with engineered curved lines – Modern meets updated flea market, or rather – transitional. Retro is heavily emphasized as well. This transitional marriage falls just short of expressing itself as “shabby chic”, which was characterized by crumpled texture and rather dumpy, non-delineated lines. The new trend is toward a much more sophisticated relationship between worn and friendly, and futuristic fantasy. It sounds easy to fall off the bridge, but don’t be intimidated – there’s no troll under the bridge!

There was a lot covered, so here are some highlights:

Now vs Then – Retro pattern and influence meet modern surfaces and materials – Pantone Webinar image

  • Color Trends – Catalysts – more stimulating color! “Impetus, inspirational…”

The Hot Chili’s of 2011

  • Retro figures prominently! Lovers of the Atomic Ranch look unite!
  • Metallics – not only the staple gold, silver, and  bronze shimmer, but bright colored Metallics make a splash for Spring 2012!

  • Black takes a bit of a back seat, but ultra-matt or sheens – “modern, sexy, sophisticated…” will still punctuate collections in home.

matt blacks and high gloss black pair with high style

  • Blues, nautical – and yes – TURQUOISE – bring a ‘”joyful, clear, and clean” look to summer palettes.

A palette from PANTONE’s “Perception” Group – PANTONE webinar image

  • Red, albeit less visible survives in chili-pepper red, and red / brown incarnations.

A big emphasis on Terracotta tones will be evidenced in Home and Housewares in 2012

  • Candy pinks (yes, PANTONE Honeysuckle) continue as “imperative”.

  • Greens, emerge, symbolic healing renewal (and planet-friendly) – more limes than grassy greens.

Pantone’s Facade Palette – New for Spring/Summer 2012 – image from PANTONE webinar

  • Terra cotta is very big this summer, headed towards russet based hues

PANTONE’s spring/summer Clay palette – Image from PANTONE Webinar

  • Browns – chocolate becomes more important – “steady, chic, subtle, understated”

  • Yellow – yellow chrome – a lot of emphasis on “buff yellow” – Warm summer taupes stand out as “upscale, eternal, and understated”. Yellow is characterized as “optimistic and original”.

2 palettes from PANTONE’s “Lens” Group – Images from PANTONE’s Webinar

  • Metallics emphasize luxury, and as always optimize a hint of glamour to relieve the mundane. Metallics are shown in combination with textures that are shaded and washed out.

Metallic fibers and broken textures mark 2012 collections

  • Textures are “broken shiny” (like faux lizard skin patterns), and involve head to toe sequins, and engineered curves, separating those matt finishes and transparencies – tension drawing extremes into even sharper relief!

Image From PANTONE Webinar

  • Graduated color, cork, metalized crochet patterns – leather, soft and worn, textures are evidenced in furnishings, crochet poufs and more in the Home Décor market.
  • Past meets future – irregular dying, sparkling brilliant, opaque with transparent. Optical fibers – Russet hues plus washed and worn, relaxed palettes – exciting stuff!

Striking Yellow’s and Grey’s from PANTONE’s Lens color group

  • Yellow, Gold Grey – were emphasized. This has always been one of my favorite palettes – ominous storm clouds retreating after a strong thunderstorm; with late afternoon sun breaking against yellow fall trees is a sight that is one of life’s everyday miracles!

PANTONE webinar image of a sizzling “Facade” palette with metallic inspiration beside the matt orange finish on Notneutral’s 3-drawer

  • Crumpled; not perfect finishes – More bright and jarring – orange all over the map!

Pinks still lead the pack fro color inspiration for spring/summer 2011 – image from PANTONE spring/summer 2012 webinar Color Forecast

  • PANTONE Honeysuckle Color of The Year still leads the pack of trends for 2011, symbolic of  the dynamic, encouraging, hopeful and uplifting mechanism that color represents in all our lives!

More to come…