Real Trends – The Color Palette of 2012

The colors that to me, best represent 2012

That is quite the proclamation, but this is not a self-appointed trend! After having invested significant time and energy in researching what is happening the market, on the Internet, and on foot investigating what populates the shelves at retail sources for the best of color trends, my collated impressions point to the colors above at mid-point in 2012, as the write-in candidates slated to win as people’s choice colors of 2012!

I have seen variations on a color palette comprised primarily on version of the image up top in use everywhere. It’s fortuitous for me, as these are colors I tend to favor regardless of trends. I don’t necessarily subscribe to trends personally, but I love them as teaching tools. They are a pocket guide to color for people who are not as comfortable with color, in search of a look that works. With a bit of added instruction and insight, trends can be used and modified to differentiate your own style signature.

Color is the best and most affordable tool in your design and decorating tool kit. Let’s see this emergent palette in action:

image via Maya Klauber on Pinterest

This palette strikes me as organic in nature; a defining feature shared with the Pantone predictions for 2012 – 2013. But unlike the market predictions, this color group varies from the predicted path. The focus here is narrowed to a single color palette (with variations) that persists in the face of predictions that defy moving away from ocean colors, and gravitate away from an emphasis on the purple range, but retain the greyed purples of garden succulents.

In a nut-shell the palette features coral as the focal tone – a step down in hue from Tangerine Tango, the Pantone color of the year, and is supported by succulent tones. The palette incorporates two tones of yellows and at times.

Interior applications seem to feature dipped furniture accents, patina surfaces, allot of support from painted white surfaces, with charcoal grays and black as the supporting neutral shades.

Pink Love by Grace Kang via Pinterest

Coral as a focal in this entry ensemble

As with most palettes, there is variation on the central theme in both hue, and refinement via color elimination, narrowing the focus to a color palette hinging on either the turquoise shades or corals and pinks.

colorful kitchen – House To Home UK

Art for sale from Jennifer Sanchez

Pinterest via Jessica Lewis

ginger root sculptures from

If I use Chip it! to describe the colors, it demonstrates the brighter variation.

Chip it palette color selections for Sherwin Williams Paints.

This variation creates a brighter variation of tones.

image via Pinterest via Gabriel Coco Pineapple

But I did some good old-fashioned eye-balling to express the colors below in Benjamin Moore Color and Olympic colors:

The new palette in Benjamin Moore and Olympic paint colors

So why are you still sitting – grab a brush, and some furnishings in need of up-cycling, and give this color palette a try in your stylish room!