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We’ve seen many different articles and color trends predicted for 2012. Keep in mind that your style and color can be anything that you want it to be. Below is an article, Colormix 2012 – Back to the Roots, from the Winter 2011 Painting Contractor magazine.

The Colormix 2012 forecast proves a color palette doesn’t need to stray far from its roots to make a big impact.

The 40 hues highlighted in the 2012 forecast from Sherwin-Williams stick close to home with earth-inspired, color gamily groupings: Reds, Blues, Greens and Neutrals.

“Colors, that are analogous, or adjacent on the color wheel, are a dominant trend,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “We discover a fresh array of combinations with color families be it fiery reds, watery blues, grassy greens or organic neutrals.”

Forget the expected tone-on-tone pairings, she says, Sherwin-Williams color experts drew inspiration this year from the sustainable landscape, which has become an enduring influence on all aspects of design and color trends.

“Share these inspirational palettes with your customers,” Jordan says. They’re available at swcolor.com.

Reds burn brightly
Red is the color of love, fire and the earth’s molten core, and it stirs raw emotions ranging from the deepest passion to the softest femininity. This saturated palette includes hues of brilliant flowers and glowing embers. It isn’t a single red, but a deep gradation of fuchsias, red-oranges, violets and delicate pinks.

“Thanks to the popularity of lacquered finishes and all things China, red has renewed dominance,” Jordan says, “But the old taboos about mixing reds with oranges and purples don’t apply. Our red palette is a s bold and free-spirited as the color itself.”

Blues not washed out
This soothing palette celebrates a pair of functional and treasured blues: denim and water. It explores the darkest indigo to faded-jeans hues, some with violet undertones, as well as the calm, shimmery shades that reflect rivers, lakes and seas.

“As we seek economic blue skies, we’re rediscovering denim, the rugged fabric of the American worker,” Jordan says. “Clean water is another essential commodity, from oceans to tap. Our serene blue palette pays homage to both of these treasured resources.”

Greens firmly planted
Casting aside the more innocent yellow-tinged greens of the past, this eclectic palette focuses on greens that are lush, moody and complex. It showcases the depths of the sea and forest; leafy motifs; rustic natural textures; and organic elements such as algae, moss and seaweed.

“We’re serious about going green, and our green palette honors our sustainable lifestyle,” Jordan says. “This trend is observed everywhere, even in dense urban areas, where rooftop and kitchen gardens flourish.”

Neutrals provide balance
Raw materials continue to influence color trends, especially the more subtle hues. Picture a field of grain, pile of pebbles, weathered wood and earthen clay. Gold tones embody the sun and soft metallics – and warm up this understated yet refined palette. Textural elements, such as linen, unfired porcelain and mixed woods provide subtle tonal variations.

“Steely grays have given way to our neutral palette of warm and cool tones that create a balanced look,” Jordan says.

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