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January 9, 2012

Colors of the Year 2012

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Every year color forecasters around the world select hues they feel will have an impact on fashion, home interiors and even the cars we buy. This year is no exception. Two leaders in the field of color have announced their choices. Both colors are beautiful and upbeat. Read more:

Pantone LLC, provider of color information for design professionals worldwide, has announced their Color of the Year for 2012: Tango Tangerine. It’s a medium depth, rich, reddish orange. Already accepted by the fashion and cosmetic industry, it has a place in interior design too. Colors in the orange family turn up regularly in interior color trend reports. While it may be too intense for some, its lively hue would add punch to any room in even small accents. If you are thinking of painting an accent wall, Pantone has announced its own paint line so getting the right color is going to be easier than ever.

On the cool side of the color wheel the Color Marketing Group has announced their Color of the Year: Boyz-N-Berry. A red-based purple that pairs well with a number of colors may be a surprising but welcome choice. CMG’s announcement pointed out that all colors are affected by their surroundings and suggest that pairing Boyz-N-Berry with black creates a sultry environment but it works equally well with pearl gray for a sophisticated look or combined with lime green, it becomes young and playful. I guess that almost makes it a new neutral.

The Color Marketing Group is comprised of members from marketing, home interiors, sports, fashion and transportation industries. CMG members research the cultural anthropology from each of their industries looking for underlying trends that will help them develop color palettes through interactive workshops.

Color is the least expensive way to update a room. I can just imagine a kitchen full of beautiful white painted cabinets paired with either of these fabulous colors.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces