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Color Trends 2012, by Debbie Zimmer. Taken from American Painting Contractor, October 2011.

The 2012 paint trend will draw heavily upon the natural colors in the American landscape. Native plants and flowers, oceans and lakes, and rocks and minerals are the sources of inspiration for the paint colors that will be “in” next year. For those consumers thinking about a fresh paint update, tell them to look to the great American outdoors. It just might inspire your next customer to try something fresh or to reinvent their living space. If that means more painting opportunities for you, then that’s a win-win outcome for all.

Blue, the Jewel of the Sea
Blues gained popularity in 2011 and will continue to be red-hot in 2012. From sparkling sea-glass blue to colonial blue-gray, blues are suitable for all living spaces, being naturally soothing colors that are loved – in one iteration or another – by almost everyone.

Green, from Farm to Forest
Greens, ranging from celery and asparagus to fir and fern, allow homeowners to bring the comforting feelings of the world outside into the world within. Dining rooms and kitchens are the “natural” spots for in vogue greens, but the hue is also at home in family rooms and bedrooms.

Violet, Majestic Purple Mountains
A harmonious combination of patriotic blue and red hues, violet can add “punch” to any room when used as an accent color to serve as the dominant color in a bedroom. But natural hues aren’t the only news for 2012. In addition to color, three paint and decorating trends will gain prominence next year.

Patterns
In 2012, patterned paint will take center stage, with increased interest in houndstooth finishes, lacy designs and bold color blocking techniques. In some cases, pattern will be the main decorating feature in a room; in others, it will provide a subtle, textured backdrop for fine furnishings and artwork.

Black and White
The classic combination of black and white isn’t just for Cape Cods any more. You’ll see much more of it all sorts of settings, from contemporary apartments to historic homes. The pairing is a great way to freshen an interior with something smart and stylish.

Exterior Paint Combinations
On the home exterior, shutter colors will begin to shift away from the traditional look of high-contrast green, red or black to a more monochromatic palette. You’ll see more shutters that are painted just a shade darker than the siding. Suggest to owners of homes with stone exteriors that they can get in on things by matching the shutter color to the dominant color of the stone.



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