Blue-greens, steel-colored grays and earthy neutrals harkening on a sense of trust, calm and the tried-and-true imbue Benjamin Moore & Company’s recently released 2012 color palette.
A blue-green hue with a gray cast, Wythe Blue HC-143, ranks as the company’s top color choice for 2012.
All photos courtesy of Benjamin Moore & Company
|Dining room featuring Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue, the company’s top color pick for 2012.|
“It’s interesting that Wythe Blue is from our historical color collection,” said Sonu Mathew, the company’s senior interior designer. “We’ve actually cited it because it has a modern edge, yet it’s so rooted in history and is respectful of what’s classic and enduring.”
Mathew pointed out that the blue family is an ideal backdrop for other colors and materials. “It’s an excellent partner to various wood tones, and complements the grays and whites that have become current decorating basics,” she said.
Another pacesetting blue for 2012 is a gray, steel-toned shade, Montpelier AF-555. The hue has a “timeless quality,” the company said.
|Shown here is steel-toned gray, Montpelier. |
Amethyst Shadow 1441, another call-out color for 2012, borders the gray scale while bridging between purple and blue.
A host of grays tones are rank high on the charts of the company’s color suggestions for 2012. The company noted that colors such as Stardust 2108-40, Nimbus Gray 2131-50, Sharkskin 2139-30, Storm Cloud Gray 2140-30 and Revere Pewter HC-172 will make waves.
| Sharkskin, a gray, earthy tone is shown here. |
Outside the range of blues and grays, whites and neutrals are considered “reliable go tos” that never fade out of style, Mathew said. The perennial love affair with whites and neutrals can be “fashionably sated” with interpretations such as Ballet White OC-9, White Dove OC-17, Battenberg AF-70, Refined AF-75 and Pashmina AF-100, she said.
Earthy tones also have etched out a presence in the 2012 palette. Among those figuring to make an impact in the coming year are the company’s French Press AF-170, Masada AF-220, Farm Fresh AF-360, Dunmore Cream HC-29, and Fresh Olive 2149-30, Mathew said.
|The high ceilings of this living space are highlighted with this earth-inspired orange accent wall. The color is Masada.|
Mathew noted that “urbanistas” tend to “kick up the color usage a notch or two with spicier tones.” For these adventurous souls who look to welcome color into their home décor, the company makes a case for Gypsy Love 2085-30 or Persimmon 2088-40, described as robust, ruddy hues, she said.
|Earth tones inspire in the office and bedroom. The left photo features French Press and the photo at right shows a room painted with Farm Fresh.|
The company says its annual color is offered to help inspire and fuel imagination among design professionals and homeowners. “This is meant to be a starting point in their color selection process,” Mathew said.
|A robust and ruddy hue, Persimmon, plays a starring role in this home office.|
More information: Benjamin Moore & Company Color.
More on color forecasts for the coming is reported in the Durability + Design feature, The Color Landscape: A Bolder Spectrum, with ‘Authentic’ Tilt.