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Dec 11 2011

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Colors to take us into 2012

Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year has been making the rounds on various websites and was even featured on the Yahoo! homepage at one point. It’s a vibrant orange-red called “Tangerine Tango.”

But Pantone is not the only company with a color forecast for next year. This past fall, Benjamin Moore revealed its palette for 2012, which features colors that seem reflective of the uncertainty still lingering in the country as it struggles to recover and of perhaps the desire for comfort and the familiar in these troubling times.

Among them are tranquil blues with a green and/or gray cast, such as the company’s top pick, Wythe Blue HC-143 (shown on walls),

Wythe Blue_Dining Room 2
Montpelier AF-555 and a slightly purplish Amethyst Shadow 1411 (shown in wall stripe).

Amethyst Shadow_ Office Wall Closeup2

The forecast also calls for an array of grays, some of which have names suggestive of a more sober and subdued—but not necessarily depressed—mood: Nimbus Gray 2131-50 and Storm Cloud Gray 2140-30. And then there’s Sharkskin 2139-30.

Shark Skin

Naturally, with the economy still up in the air and a future somewhat nebulous, one may find oneself yearning for clarity and purity—whites are still popular—as well as an emotional anchor, especially at home. Why not try on a rich earth tone, such as French Press AF-170,

coffee press
Farm Fresh AF-360,

Masada AF-220 (shown on wall),

Dunmore Cream HC-29 or Fresh Olive 2149-30.

And for a hit of color, the 2012 forecast offers up Gypsy Love 2085-30 and Persimmon 2088-40 (shown on ceiling).

Persimmon_ Office2

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  1.  Marilyn Young |

    I wish that colors in some of the pictures would be identifird better. One picture lists one color but shows 2; another one lists 3 colors- which one is on the walls? I love all the colors shown!

  2.  Joan Miller |

    Yes – orange is coming through as the pop of color customers are looking for against more subdued backgrounds of grey and other neutrals. We’re seeing more requests for it in decorative pillows and throws. It’s our ‘red’ for 2012.

  3.  DEE POTTER |

    So far in 2012, I’m finding people leaning toward the warmer side of blues, greys and purples as a kind of soothing “pick me up” from the doldrums of the economy and dreariness of winter. I’ve shown some of my more color-daring customers the oranges but it hasn’t resonated with anyone quite yet. I’m hoping as the 2012 painting year goes on and the weather improves that our paint palette will also see a sunnier disposition.

  4.  Alice Liao |

    Hi Marilyn: I updated the post to indicate what colors are shown in the photos. Sorry for the inconvenience.