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Hottest Colour Trends For 2012

Updated on January 11, 2012
Colour Board For 2012
Colour Board For 2012

The color trends forecasted for 2012 are the best so far. With a mix match of everything to the earthy, neutral and dark colours to the funky and bright to shiny metallic colours everything is in. When we say past meets the future it is exactly what’s going to happen for design trends 2012.

Enjoy This Colour Pallet And Renovate Your Home To Be Hot Fashionable And Up-To-Date

The colour Tangerine Tango PANTONE® 17-1463 has been declared as the colour of the year. Pantone describes it rightly as being a juicy colour that is vivacious and enticing.

This colour is energising and will add the required zing in your home interiors. Teaming it up with muted neutrals by adding funky tangerine tango pillows, various accessories and even as an upholstery for an accent piece of furniture you can create an apt looking boho-chic interior. It can be even used to colour code or highlight a portion or a wall in the room. It will provide an immediate burst of energy in any interiors.

This colour however must not be overused for interior design, keep it subtle and limited to only a highlight wall or upholsteries and a few accessories.

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Starfish PANTONE® 16-1120ockatoo PANTONE® 14-5420Driftwood PANTONE® 18-1210
Starfish PANTONE® 16-1120
Starfish PANTONE® 16-1120
ockatoo PANTONE® 14-5420
ockatoo PANTONE® 14-5420
Driftwood PANTONE® 18-1210
Driftwood PANTONE® 18-1210

Team up the tangerine tango with other colours for the perfect look and design.

Predominant shades for 2012

The earthy terracotta shades such as starfish and driftwood are extremely apt for the base or the background. Peppered with the tangerine and the stylish cockatoo the combination looks extremely well crafted. The keywords for this year as are exciting, fresh and accented.

  • Starfish PANTONE® 16-1120
  • Cockatoo PANTONE® 14-5420
  • Driftwood PANTONE® 18-1210

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Solar Power:  Pantone 13-0759Sodalite Blue:  Pantone 19-3953Cabaret: Pantone 18-2140Margarita: Pantone 14-0116Bellflower: Pantone 18-3628Sweet Lilac: Pantone 14-2808
Solar Power:  Pantone 13-0759
Solar Power: Pantone 13-0759
Sodalite Blue:  Pantone 19-3953
Sodalite Blue: Pantone 19-3953
Cabaret: Pantone 18-2140
Cabaret: Pantone 18-2140
Margarita: Pantone 14-0116
Margarita: Pantone 14-0116
Bellflower: Pantone 18-3628
Bellflower: Pantone 18-3628
Sweet Lilac: Pantone 14-2808
Sweet Lilac: Pantone 14-2808

Other shades from the 2012 colour palette

  • Solar Power: Pantone 13-0759
  • Sodalite Blue: Pantone 19-3953
  • Cabaret: Pantone 18-2140
  • Margarita: Pantone 14-0116
  • Bellflower: Pantone 18-3628
  • Sweet Lilac: Pantone 14-2808

Colour code and combine different colours for the desired look, following colour trends and following what is latest and trendy is cool but when you design and decorate your house share your personality with it. Design a house to look like one and not look very cold or like a hotel room. A house should always speak about the people living in it. So do not design a house design yourself a home that look chic and trendy and reflects your own self.


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    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I enjoyed this hub and love color. I picked so many safe neutrals in our house but became bored and am in a color phase so found this helpful.I'm glad lilac made the list although I can't seem to convince my husband to use it:)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Carrie, You're the best! I like this hub.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Maybe I could use some of your advice to renew my home.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I always enjoy reading about the new color palettes from Pantone. Even if I don't follow them for the upcoming season, it gets me thinking about new color combinations. Thanks for sharing!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hi Carrie, I So enjoyed your Hub on Colors, as we will be Fixing up a Condo We just bought. i like Neutral Colors, I find them soft and relaxing. I like to add splashes of colors with Art work and accent pieces...Maybe I just don't like to go with "Trends". Thanks for an Informative, as well as Fun, read!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I have mostly black and white as the color scheme for my living room, carrie. But I do have a leather recliner that is a cross between red and orange (as an accent piece) and if you look at it sideways it might be called Tanerine Tango. So finally, I have brought my decor into the 21st century. Thank you for this edifying information.