Color Trends For 2012

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The verdict is in on the color trends for spring and summer 2012. Interior design consultants from Johnston Paint & Decorating and Studio J Home give us their top three colors for the season, and they are sure to whisk you into a tropical state of mind.

Oranges

For some, orange makes them want to proclaim the color as “Groovy, Baby.” The color can definitely give a room a nostalgic feel for the days when bell-bottoms and platform shoes were all the rage, but orange is back in vogue and hotter than ever. Try shades like copper, rust or tangerine to spruce up any room in your home this season.
How to get the look:     Dare to be different by combining tangerine with turquoise blue. Paint the ceiling tangerine and the walls turquoise. Or play it a little safer and choose a solid color, such as chestnut brown, for furnishing, then add tangerine and turquoise lighting, pillows and other accessories.

Blues

People are talking about the blues. Do a quick Google search for 2012 paint trends and you’ll see different shades of the hue come up in almost every palette — from cerulean blue to navy and all shades in-between.
How to get the look: Turquoise is a popular blue, whether you prefer a lighter or darker shade. Add antique white furniture or a crystal chandelier to give the room a classic, chic look. Try using shades of blue in the kitchen and add some of your favorite plants.

Neutrals

There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple. With the minimalism trend from runway to interior design, it’s only right that this has become one of the most persistent color trends in home decorating. This season, interior designers have combined two neutrals — gray and tan — to create a new kind of neutral called griege.
How to get the look:     Paint your walls gray, tan or griege, and mix in navy blue pillows and throws for a more masculine take on things. You can also combine one of the three colors with mauve, perfect for a yoga room or home office. For a common area, such as a living room, paint every wall gray or tan except one; paint an accent wall in orange or blue.

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