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It is hard to pinpoint a single color as a trend for 2012, the purpose and place make a world of difference. What is right for a bedroom may be all wrong for a bath or an accent color. It might be easier to name what is not in vogue than to identify a specific hue.

I will concentrate on paint colors to simplify the mystique that surrounds color predictions. Paint should be the last thing that is selected when doing a color scheme for your home. Since Color Guild’s color system, Color Is comes in thousands of paint hues, any shade, tint or tone of a color can be matched for the project. Pick the high priced, long term items first then choose a paint color to enhance, coordinate or accent those pieces.

All the colors in the palette are influenced by nature, comfort, calm and harmony. These themes are not new but are shown in a fresh new way. The economy, unrest and fear fuel these trends and offer a balm for our distress.

Every color family has members that are enjoying the limelight. It may have been that color’s brothers or sisters that were famous in the past, but in the coming year the following colors will share the spotlight.

Color Is... 1135 Glam

Although red is still popular its lighter tint of off red, 1135 Glam, is showing up in unexpected places, such as leather sofas and high end carpets. The most popular flower motif is the rose, it is recognizable by more people than any other flower, and therefore they are our solace for today’s troubles. Here Glam is shown with 570 Grey Locks, which is growing in importance; it is a perfect background for the brighter colors in any color family.

Color Is... 1218 Odyssey Lilac & 322 Gabriel's Light

Pale Lilac emerges in the palette as a new neutral. 1218 Odyssey Lilac is light and dusty and its softness is like a comforting caress. It is paired here with 322 Gabriel’s Light, popular golden beige, that surrounds it in warmth and protection.

Color Is... 1173 Purple Stiletto

But bright purples will emerge in unexpected places. They are forging ahead into destinations in which they have never appeared such as kitchens and living areas. Shown here is 1173 Purple Stiletto. Like any other bright color they bring cheer and hopefulness in times of stress. Here they are shown with a crisp white, a staple in any paint palette and also a popular kitchen cabinet color.

In our next post, we will discuss blues, greens, and yellows.

This post was inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization which serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, Miller Paint welcomes their contributions and appreciate their opinions.