Sunday, December 18, 2011

Benjamin Moore colour trends 2012

 Benjamin Moore's Color Pulse trend forecasts have won  awards and international recognition in the design world. Each forecast is compiled by leaders in the industry at  least two years in advance and other bloggers have had their go at this topic long before me.  It's not because I'm tardy, it's because I like to wait until people are thinking about change in the new year.
The 2012 forecast theme Preservation reflects our current social and economic climate and connects our past with our future.  The impending palette from this forecast will be influenced by four key elements:

 our past
 our journey
our vulnerability 
 our future

Image source: MeCC Interiors

What will all this mean for your walls or accessories  in the coming year or so? 

Doty Horn, director of color and design for Benjamin Moore, explained that the palette continues to be reflective of the gray and brown scale that’s been prevalent the past few years. “We’re seeing camel and khaki as the new neutrals upon which richer, more traditional hues can be layered and accented,” she said.

As in most Color Pulse forecasts there's something for everyone.  The grays are still prevalent, as are the purples from last year.  Yellows seem to be moving more toward the gold which isn't surprising with the current trend to brass and gold away from silvers in metallics.

Great Room Re-Styled eclectic living room
houzz

There's a range of greens from silvery to teal tinged. An obvious pairing is green with the heavier yellow golds.

Yellow girls bedroom eclectic bedroom

Reds range from the feminine to orange tones.

Same room - different look eclectic dining room

Blues are experiencing  a resurgence.

West Coast Hampton traditional living room

From the four categories above I'm personally attracted to  Protection and Enlightenment.  I like my colours light and fresh and my neutral preference has always been gray- long before it gained popularity.

What are your thoughts?

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