Spring 2012 is off to a fabulous start. With temperatures in the Midwest reaching a rare 80°, there is an extraordinary buzz. The buzz is alive in business, as Spring is always my busiest season, and the buzz is certainly alive in the world of color!
Have you noticed the AMAZING shades in retail Spring lines? Red/orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, the entire spectrum, specifically ultra-bright hues. What do these colors say about our state of mind? All things positive… Strength, enthusiasm, and vitality are flowing free.
How can we use these powerful shades in the right way? By exercising just the perfect amount of restraint…
Without further ado… here are my 5 favorites for Spring 2012!
1. I want to call this coral peony. Can you picture that fantastic flower? We have seen the onslaught of coral in retail and design. Pantone named “Tangerine Tango” color of the year 2012. I am personally obsessed with this slightly washed variation! See Benjamin Moore pink paradise 003 and paradise peach 011.
2. Green has gone kelly and I love it (in accents)! My inclination is to meddle just a bit by cranking up the yellow and white. See Benjamin Moore woodland hills green 543, shades of spring 537, and sweet daphne 529.
3. Shades of violet… I was fearful it was a passing phase, but now I stand convinced violet is here to stay. Color trend forecasts mentioned “off purple” as a staple neutral in interiors. For the walls, I love a subtle “off” shade, but for accents an intense lavender. See Benjamin Moore sea froth 2107-60, sandlot gray 2107-50, and portland gray 2109-60 for walls, and hydrangea 1390 for accents.
4. Yellow, just a touch. I love it mixed with white and natural materials. There is nothing happier than the color of sunshine! See Benjamin Moore greenmount silk HC-3, hawthorne yellow HC-4, and concord ivory HC-12.
5. So I mentioned restraint, and by that I really mean balancing brights with neutrals. I’m giving you 2 magic mixers here… 0ff white shades, this could be cream or linen and/or camel. I’m particularly taken by the slightly off-beat nature of any bright hue tempered with camel. See Benjamin Moore seaspray 941, seashell 926, and manchester tan HC-81, and spice gold 1040 and brunswick beige 1061 for camel options.
There you have it… colors that make me smile. See how this compares to last year’s picks.
Wishing you a BRIGHT Spring season,
(thank you J Crew, habituallychic.blogspot.com, House to Home, The Container Store, Lonnymag.com, Apartment Therapy, and habituallychic.blogspot.com for the photos)