Home Decorating News: Paint color trends: Hues drawn from the American landscape

October 12, 2011

Color expert: ‘Native plants and flowers, oceans and lakes, and rocks and minerals’ inspire 2012 trends

By Paint Quality Institute

Wondering about the hot paint colors for next year? Wonder no more: The 2012 paint palette will draw heavily upon the natural colors in the American landscape, according to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

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,” said Zimmer. “If you’re thinking about repainting your home interior, look to the great American outdoors.”

Here are some highlights:

Blue, the ‘Jewel of the Sea’

Blues gained popularity in 2011 and continue to be red hot in 2012.

From sparkling sea-glass blue to colonial blue-gray, blues are suitable for all living spaces, being a naturally soothing color that is loved — in one iteration or another — by almost everyone,” Zimmer said.

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. According to Zimmer, 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 blend of patriotic blue and red hues, violet can add ‘punch’ to any room when used as an accent color, or serve as the dominant color in a bedroom,” Zimmer said.

But natural hues aren’t the only news for 2012. Zimmer predicts the following three paint and decorating trends will gain prominence next year:

1. Patterns — In 2012, patterned paint will take center stage, with increased interest in hound’s-tooth 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,” Zimmer said.

2. Black and white — The classic combination of black and white isn’t just for Cape Cods anymore. You’ll see much more of it in all sorts of settings, from contemporary apartments to historic homes, Zimmer said.

The pairing is a great way to freshen an interior with something smart and stylish,” she added.

3. Exterior paint combinations — On the home exterior, colors for shutters 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,” Zimmer said. “Owners of homes with stone exteriors can get in on things by matching the shutter color to the dominant color of the stone.”

Despite all the new colors and trends, Zimmer said some things in the paint world will remain the same in 2012: “Top-quality, 100 percent acrylic latex paint will continue to provide the best performance and the best value to budget-conscious homeowners,” she said.

And since paints are locally produced, consumers can easily support the growing “Made in America” decorating trend.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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