Interior Design: Looking at Color Trends 2012 and Beyond

Wow!  What an explosion of color for 2012 and beyond!   I’m so excited because I love color, especially when spring is about to bloom!  So what are the color forecasts for the year?  After interviewing three of the country’s top color experts for interior design and one national magazine editor, I’ve come to some conclusions.

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The color forecast predictions for this year includes Tangerine Tango by the Pantone Institute of Color, Argyle green (along with hues of reds and blues) by Sherwin Williams, and Yellow as a major presence from the Color Association of the U.S.

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The jury is still out on how I’m going to use Argyle green but I’m sure I’ll come up with some great ideas now that I now its definitely  heading our way!  As for Tangerine Tango,  I’ve already been using that color for the past two years in projects and absolutely adore it.   Other combos I’m loving include orange with turquoise, fuchsias with turquoise, translucent colors that change depending on how you look at them and combining these colors with beautiful neutrals like champagnes, creams, grays and grayed down browns or taupes.

But looking even further ahead to next year, the hottest interior design colors predicted include  Orange Daredevil and Blue Denim (Sherwin Williams) along with  Pink Peppercorn, New Growth Green and shades of purple (Color Association of the U.S.).

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Deep down I think I already sensed the new colors on the horizon because the color schemes  I’ve  put together for my design projects are spot on!  For one design project, I’m combining bold turquoise, bright fuchsia pink, rich whites, champagne and caramels to create a youthful energetic living space.  In  another space, I’ve picked shimmery taupes and browns mixed with jolts of lime green to add some drama.

In another project’s space I’ve combined a monochromatic palette of creamy whites, shimmery taupes, and champagne with pops of brilliant orange that are warm and inviting but with an unexpected injection of color that’s a delightful surprise.  And for another room nearbly I’ve selected  shimmery Tangerine Tango fabrics combined with beautiful hues of blues, champagne and black which is just stunning.

Unfortunately none of these projects are complete yet, so stay tuned and I’ll post them once I’ve got photos!

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For more great insight on the color trends for this year and next, don’t miss Living Large at 10AM CST this Sunday on News Radio 981.FM and 980AM KMBZ as Jackie Jordan, the head of color marketing for Sherwin Williams shares her predictions along with Oma Ford, the executive editor of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

Or if you’re wanting to design a space that personalized to your taste, then tune in this Saturday at 10:30AM CST to Living Large with Karen Mills on the KMBZ Business Channel on 1660AM to hear what the host of This Old House, Kevin O’Connor has to share about create a room that reflects you


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