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February, 2012

2012 Color Trends and A Few Fun Color Facts

Every year, Sherwin-Williams releases its forecast of color trends and what paint colors they think will make their way into homes this year. Here's a quick description of each color palette in the four earthy color groups (reds, blues, greens and neutrals), as well as a few fun color facts.

  • Reds

    Sherwin-Williams says reds will be seen in many shades, specifically flowery tones such as fuchsias, red-oranges, violets and delicate pinks.

    Fun Fact: In the world of feng shui, a red front door invites prosperity into the residents.
  • Blues

    Celebrating a pair of treasured blues—denim and water—blue is a soothing palette that adds a sense of calmness and serenity to rooms.

    Fun Fact: The color blue is the least common color in the foods we eat.
  • Greens

    Greens from years past have incorporated a yellow tint. This year focuses on a more eclectic palette, according to Sherwin-Williams, including lush, moody, complex greens that showcase deeper aspects of the sea and forest.

    Fun Fact: Night goggles use the color green because the human eye is most sensitive to green and able to discern the most shades of it.
  • Neutrals

    Subtle hues found in raw materials act as inspiration for 2012 colors. Imagine a field of grain, a pile of pebbles, weathered wood and earthen clay. The neutral palette is a warm, understated palette made up of soft yellows and browns that won't overpower a room.

    Fun Fact: Dreaming of the color brown means you will be lucky with money.
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