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Color Trends 2012


2012 Color Trends

Pantone Color of the Year for 2012

And the color of the year is ... Tangerine Tango.

A reddish/orange hue "Tangerine Tango" is being hailed as the new "it" color for 2012. Orange is a dominant trend color for Spring 2012, showing up in collections from cosmetics to home decor.

color of the year 2012

Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

The top colors for women’s fashion for spring 2012 are:

PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
PANTONE 13-0759 Solar Power
PANTONE 18-3628 Bellflower
PANTONE 18-2140 Cabaret
PANTONE 19-3953 Sodalite Blue
PANTONE 14-0116 Margarita
PANTONE 14-2808 Sweet Lilac
PANTONE 14-5420 Cockatoo
PANTONE 18-1210 Driftwood
PANTONE 16-1120 Starfish

Pantone Spring Fashion Colors

"Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "They have learned how color can help them alter a mood, while providing the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations."

For spring 2012, designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles - from free and playful to light and breezy, and contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, fun-loving pastels and soft, muted tones.

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red - an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette.

Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will make a statement this spring.

Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow.

Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.

Natural, versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all of the colors in this season’s top 10.


The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are pulled from the most widely used and recognized color standards systems in the world, the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, which now includes 175 new colors. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.
About Pantone
Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers.

Pantone Fall/Winter 2012/2013 edition of PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 edition of PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner.

This multi-discipline color forecast, titled Refocus, showcases the key color palettes for women’s wear, menswear, active wear, cosmetics, lifestyle and industrial, and graphic design.

PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner Fall/Winter 2012/2013 pushes individuals to refocus by encouraging a break from the "usual" or mundane into something more abstract and unexpected - often improving original intent. Exploring the different ways we feel and look at things can inform the way we innovate with color. When we see something for the first time, we impose an expectation, almost before we really look at it. The idea of looking outwards and seeing another way of being and doing holds a fascination as well as the chance to take advantage of new possibilities.

"Color is a critical factor in engaging consumers and motivating purchasing decisions. Knowing that, it is important for designers to continue to innovate and experiment with new approaches to color in their product lines," said Laurie Pressman, vice president of fashion, home and interiors at Pantone. "The PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner forecast provides a fresh point of view with unexpected color combinations that spark the imagination, refocus attention and stimulate new thinking to capture consumers’ attention."

PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner Fall/Winter 2012/2013 contains the following eight palettes:

*Lodestar - Follow your personal star! A range of vivid and vibrant tones, which strongly stimulate your optic nerve and allow you to "see" the world.

* Composed - Something new comes out of the shadows! A series of color crescendos from muted warm or cool browns to foggy grayed greens, as well as turquoise and khaki, finishing with a dark coda of chocolate and graphite.

* Submerge - The world turned upside down! A scale of oxygenated and salty blues descends to blackened ink, stone and moss. An underwater garden beneath an underwater sky.

* Radiate - Break the rules! Use the force of aesthetics! Radiate is pure happiness and very colorful. Do not be scared by shades of bright reds, embarrassing violets and vulgar oranges. Be brave and mix them all together.

* Touchstone - Take pleasure in things that are old and loved! Traditional colors take the limelight: brown-black, mahogany, sandalwood, saddle, mid and dark tan, midnight, glossy navy - balanced by a trusty neutral.

* Aperture - New ways of perceiving the universe! A range, which includes the luminous and the somber, hot and cold, a centrifugal force and a centripetal force, the macro and the micro, the atom and the universe.

* Converge - Reconnect to your natural power! Converge is about deep, informed colors gathered together at a central point and then merged in a new, creative way.

* Peripheral - Appreciate the small elements! Using honest, flat, uncomplicated, warm color, we slowly build complex forms as we appreciate how little elements work together to produce great things.

Refocus also examines Colour Movements - tones that are becoming more important, less important or shifting in hue and intensity:

* Lighter blues and navy increase in importance.

* Leathery brown becomes more important as a basic.

* Oxblood grows in popularity as browns, in general, adopt a redder hue.

* Olive becomes stronger.

* Purple and purple hues are still evident.

* Brights have a singular status for winter.

* Camel evolves into cappuccino and creamy hues.

* Yellows become softer and less sporty.

* Reds are becoming more orange.

* Traditional winter darks and berry colors are more mid-toned and less blackened.


Published bi-annually, 18-24 months ahead of the season, the PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner is based on the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standard in the world. The book is produced by a team of leading visionaries from all over the world with expertise in different disciplines, providing a comprehensive color-forecasting service for multiple design areas.

Within each of the season's most directional color palettes, a general introduction outlines the colors included and the philosophy behind them. In addition, a specific breakdown of each palette highlights harmonies, suggested color combinations, and suitable patterns and fabrics according to end use. Individual color swatch cards for all 69 colors, housed in a protective box at the back of the book, are also included, along with a CD containing imagery for use in presentations and storyboards.
Pricing and Availability
The PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner Fall/Winter 2012/2013 is available immediately for U.S. Call (888) PANTONE for a list of distributors.

Pantone 2012 Color Inspiration and Direction for the Home Furnishings and Interior Design Industries

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 Defines Nine Directional Color Palettes that Twist, Turn and Trend
A trend forecast containing the nine most directional color palettes for home furnishings and interior design in 2012.

The nine palettes for 2012 are: Nonchalance, Subtleties, Resilience, Indigo Effects, Transcending Time, Back to the Fuchsia, Reflections, Nouveau Neon and The Comics.

PANTONE Color Directions for Home and interiors 2012

The road map to color for 2012 is filled with interesting new directions. Some paths lead to exhilarating tones that encourage the prospective buyer to forge ahead into adventures with novel color combinations, while others invite them to stop for a moment, take a deep breath, relax and consider the more classic hues in a different kind of mix. The continuing challenge and goal will be in keeping the consumer visually engaged by blending the playful with the practical. To reach that destination, color is the compass.

The simplicity and casual ambiance in this palette called Nonchalance are easy to read and enjoy. The reassuring colors coax a feeling of tranquility and relaxation with no suggestion of anxiety in the surroundings. The comforting pastel pinks, ethereal blues and soft egret white wrap us in carefree baby blanket colors, harmoniously blending with the more mature taupe, gray and grape tones.


Subtleties are just that a close connectivity between the color families, sliding effortlessly into a seamless collection of hues that are either closely related or quietly complementary. The atmosphere they present is effortless and compatible: hazy coral, soft yellow green, faded rose and stonewashed blue, tinges of gray and green artfully set against a tasteful brown and earthy red.


Resilience represents a group of sturdy hues that work very well together. It speaks of hand-hewn objects of substance, sustenance and solidity in a range of natural, outdoor shades. There are nuances of the deepest browns, varietal mushroom tones, foliage green and greenish yellow. A dash of flamingo orange adds an exotic touch to this otherwise organic grouping.


Indigo Effects
Like the twilight colors of a descending night sky, Indigo Effects evokes a mood of broad expansiveness and depth - enveloping, protective, yet mysterious. The colors are variations on a blue theme - celestial and majestic blues, purpled and deep blue indigos, all deftly brushed with contrasting strokes of maroon, mauve and moody gray.

Indigo Effects

Transcending Time
Transcending Time is a palette that speaks of continuity. inspirations from the past, both style and color-wise that will continue well into the future, containing hues that heirlooms are made of: elegant wine and plum, warm beige and wood tones, as well as classic rose. A touch of frosted almond adds a soft and subtle glimmer to the atmosphere.

Transcending Time

Back to the Fuchsia
Bold, daring and audacious, this is a group of tantalizing colors that makes no excuses for the attention it creates. Back to the Fuchsia celebrates the energy generated through the provocative melding of dancing reds, purples and pink, all highlighted by a variety of fuchsias. Jewel-toned Peridot both accentuates and complements the hotter hues.

Back To Fuchsia

Glossy finish and color are a magical coupling, fascinating the eye and riveting attention. Metallic or glassy surfaces undulate and move, twist and turn, taking colors to new dimensions. Included in this arresting palette called Reflections are tones and tints that spark the imagination: Turkish Sea, Blue Moon, Garnet, Beluga, Cloud Dancer as well as the classic silver and gold.


Nouveau Neon
The colors of the Nouveau Neon palette are not the phosphorescent neons of yesterday. They are instead a collection of exuberant shades that bring a fresh new perspective to combinations. Asian-inspired bamboo yellow-green plays with Popsicle orange and berry purples, while citrus colors toy with pink and raspberry. A flavorful butter rum tan is the unexpected accompaniment to all of the vibrant colors in the palette.

Nouveau Neon

The Comics
Cartoons come to life in this effervescent palette called The Comics. Funny paper hues pop off the page in whimsical ways that bring a smile and create the need to take some time to play. Ominous phantom black provides the backdrop for sulphuric yellow and fiery red. A flash of green provokes a strong blue while an inky cyan plays up to honeysuckle and primrose. Its quirky joy and spontaneity.The Comics

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 is a forecasting book that provides color and trend direction, enabling designers to select the right shades and combinations for home furnishings or interior spaces. PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 73 forecasted colors, and images from the forecast for use in presentations and storyboards. Additionally, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2012 includes the PANTONE FASHION + HOME digital color library which enables direct download of all the PANTONE FASHION + HOME palette colors into design software.

Benjamin Moore 2012 Color Pulse

Benjamin Moore predicts the home decor color trends with their annual color trend report, Color Pulse 2012

Doty Horn, director of color and design for Benjamin Moore, said that the palette continues to be reflective of the gray and brown scale that’s been prevalent the past few years. “We’re seeing camel and khaki as the new neutrals upon which richer, more traditional hues can be layered and accented.”

Gold and sunshine, yellow is back. Baby Chick, Hollywood Gold, Metallic Gold, and more neutral tones such as Subtle, Buttercream Pearl, Turmeric and Bronze Metallic.

Feminine reds and oranges to vintage and blush pink. Included are: Candy Cane Red, Orange, Potpourri and Chantilly Lace.

Inspired by water and air. Charcoal and blackened navy hues point to a new black. Palm Coast Teal, Old Glory, Instinct and Serenata. Darker, deeper tones such as Deep Ocean, Gentlemen's Gray and Mysterious.

Cooler and crisper. Fresh Scent Green, Pear Green and Winchester Sage to Dark Olive and Harbour Town.

Sherwin-Williams 2012 COLOR TRENDS

Neutrals - Raw materials continue to influence color trends, especially the more subtle hues. Picture a field of grain, pile of pebbles, weathered wood and earthen clay. Gold tones embody the sun and soft metallics - and warm up this understated yet refined palette. Textural elements, such as linen, unfired porcelain and mixed woods, provide subtle tonal variations.

Reds - Red is the color of love, fire and the earth’s molten core, and it stirs raw emotions ranging from the deepest passion to the softest femininity. This saturated palette includes hues of brilliant flowers and glowing embers. It isn’t a single red, but a deep gradation of fuchsias, red-oranges, violets and delicate pinks.

Blues - This soothing palette celebrates a pair of functional and treasured blues: denim and water. It explores the darkest indigo to faded-jeans hues, some with violet undertones, as well as the calm, shimmery shades that reflect rivers, lakes and seas.

Greens - Casting aside the more innocent yellow-tinged greens of the past, this eclectic palette focuses on greens that are lush, moody and complex. It showcases the depths of the sea and forest; leafy motifs; rustic natural textures; and organic elements such as algae, moss and seaweed.

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