Around the end of the year and on into the beginning of a new season, customers always ask this question. ”What are the new, hot colors that you are seeing?” And I usually fumble around with an answer. Well, this year, I REALLY have an answer. I’ve been surfing around on the internet and reading the trade magazines and papers and I have found the answer. Knoxville, Tennesee, you are going to LOVE this. Or not, maybe.
The 2012 top trend color of the year is…..Tangerine Tango! Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman described Tangerine Tango as “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow,” she said.
The PANTONE name is known worldwide as the standard language for accurate color communication, from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, across a variety of industries. Pantone continues to develop color communication and inspirational tools, and aggressively adopts new digital technology to address the color needs of the creative community everywhere. The PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner is a biannual trend forecasting tool that offers seasonal color direction and inspiration 24 months in advance for multiple usages, including menswear, women’s wear, activewear, cosmetics and industrial design. Introduced in 2004, PANTONE VIEW Home is a comprehensive forecasting tool for the home furnishings industry.(www.pantone.com)
Caroline Kennedy who writes for Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine says in the December issue, “Just as “G” and “H” follow “F”, gift and home follow fashion. Color and design elements that appear on the fashion runways are often seen mirrored and adapted in gift and home decor collections”.
So, home decor products for the spring will follow the above colors for fashion and apparel. And you will see these colors promoted and advertised in all of the spring magazines from floor to ceiling, fabrics, paint, rugs and accessories. Now that I’ve answered that burning question, let me say this. Pantone has FORCASTED the colors represented above as a TREND. That does not mean that everything will only be available in these colors. But it does mean that you might not find the old burgundy, hunter green and navy to match your grandmother’s oriental rug readily available anymore. (Actually, they haven’t been readily available for some time now.) Here we do not see the “robins egg blue/brown” combination waning at all. It is such a restful palette, especially for a master bedroom. We have been seeing an increase in using orange as an accent over the past few seasons and clear shades of blue are back as well. Neutrals remain popular, especially in larger re-upholstery projects and grey is growing in favor as one of those choices. Rich earth and spice tones will always be popular here and you can never go wrong with greens that bring our beautiful East Tennessee outdoors into the home. Many of these trend colors will be able to be incorporated as accents to already existing color stories in your home. If not, you can always wear them!!!!
I can’t guarantee that we will have all of these 2012 trend colors available in the coming weeks but we always strive to have what you want and need in stock and also have a taste of the fresh and new!