What are the Big Paint Colour Trends for 2012?

Well I have told my readers again and again that paint colour is all a matter of your own personal choice, taste and lifestyle. And now this philosophy is becoming more widespread.

For instance a recent article in HOMES AND COTTAGES magazine backs up my view. The writer sought leading Canadian paint manufacturers to get opinions from their own colour experts. In “Colouring the Future”, Abigail Morris states, “A common theme in the inspiration for the collections is the belief that we are increasingly comfortable using home decoration as a form of self expression”.

This has always been my belief. When I visit a client’s home to talk colour, I first look at what they have chosen on their own. I ask myself, “What do they naturally gravitate toward colour-wise?” When I see someone using lots of blue in their home I know blue is a meaningful colour for them. It is one that makes them feel happy or soothed or other positive emotions. It makes them feel “at home”. So I work to incorporate this favoured colour into the new paint scheme.

Our society more and more is embracing diversity in every aspect of lifestyle. This is seen not just in our ethnic or religious backgrounds or relationships. No, this includes everything from taste in music and dress to how we decorate our homes. And our homes are becoming more and more personal.

What this means is there is no right or wrong in terms of colour. There are guidelines and harmonics of colour that we agree work well together and we know certain colours evoke certain moods, but in the end it is a matter of self-expression.

However, if we always played by the rules we would still be listening to Gregorian chants and looking at cave drawings alone for our artistic pleasure. So breaking the rules in art and design is good so please feel free to do so.

But I promised to give the trends for 2012 and so here they are:

NATURE – Undoubtedly the major inspiration for this year’s colours are found in nature; earthy reds, inky blues, warm greens and neutral tones.

REDS – Particularly warm reds, rusty reds and tones found in nature. Often used as an accent due to the strong character of red as a colour.

BLUES – These are the colours of running streams and midnight skies. The deep blues provide a framework for other colours and the lighter blues with grey undertones soothe.

GREENS – Look to the greens of foliage, those yellowy greens in all their various shades.

NEUTRALS – Think of river rocks with the rusty veins of iron ore, the gray of granite, the warm beige colour of sandstone. Think of any mineral known to man and there is inspiration for your neutral palette.

Whatever you chose make sure you love it; as it is you, not I nor the experts who will be living in your home in future years.

Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totalling $5.5M. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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