Photo Gallery: 2012 Paint Trends
Five fresh colour palettes and how to use them.
Less Gothic than 2011’s blue-black, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe (26) is a softer, more versatile grey with an innate cosiness, like the walls of an old stone cottage.
ACCENT FOR ACCESSORIES Muted gold picture frames and upholstery.
CLASSIC TRIM Twinkle in Her Eyes (P5163-34D), Para Paints.
BOLD TRIM Pelt (254), Farrow & Ball.
Thanks to its mellow undertones, Sico‘s Olive Chartreuse (6102-54) would make a striking statement as a front door against a white or charcoal grey façade.
ACCENT FOR ACCESSORIES Bold blue- black-painted furniture.
CLASSIC TRIM Ivory White (CC-130), Benjamin Moore.
BOLD TRIM Trail Print (790F-6), Behr.
2012’s most livable neutral, CIL‘s Silver Quill (30GG 61/010) is a deeper and more complex shade than ubiquitous white, but less avant-garde than charcoal.
ACCENT FOR ACCESSORIES Earthy violet pottery and fresh blooms.
CLASSIC TRIM Pointing (2003), Farrow & Ball.
BOLD TRIM Valley Mist (460E-2), Behr.
Bonsai (CC-666) by Benjamin Moore has a bold intensity that feels at once preppy and luxurious, like a classic leather wingback chair.
ACCENT FOR ACCESSORIES Fiery orange art books.
CLASSIC TRIM All White (2005), Farrow & Ball.
BOLD TRIM Spicy Mustard (2154-20), Benjamin Moore.
Use Behr‘s Embroidery (UL100-14) to establish a feminine mood, offsetting it with quirky black-framed artwork and weathered wood floors to keep the look savvy not sweet.
ACCENT FOR ACCESSORIES Clashing punchy deep coral flowers.
CLASSIC TRIM Kennett Square (90YR 55/051), CIL.
BOLD TRIM Introspective (ATC-85), Pittsburgh Paints.
These neutral colours aren’t just a trend; the five classic hues are ones to swear by when looking for that timeless tone. The first four prove that “white paint” isn’t just “white paint,” and the last, a rich teal blue, challenges the notion of neutral.
- Sandpiper (MSL257), Martha Stewart Living
- Morning Fog (MSL115), Martha Stewart Living
- Drifting Snow (10BB 83/014), Dulux
- Parchment Paper (316-1), Pittsburgh Paints
- Galway (CL 2197N), ColorLife General Paint
See these colours and a few of Lynda Reeves’ personal favourites in this Online TV segment.