Friday, January 27, 2012

Liven up the Living Room with Pantone’s 2012 Spring Palette

Gone are the days of the monochromatic color schemes, and in its place stands a collection of fresh, vibrant spring shades ready to melt away those winter blues. And American Leather is embracing these trendy tints in everything from their leathers to fabrics to Ultrasuede.  

According to Pantone, the Bible of color trends, Spring 2012 designs will showcase a range of styles and lifestyles, from free and playful and light and breezy, to contemporary classics. Colors reflect these differing moods, “encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.”  

Among the highlighted hues this season are:
Tangerine Tango, an enticing shade of juicy orange
Solar Power, an energetic yellow which radiates warmth and cheer
Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple which exudes uniqueness and creativity
Cabaret, scintillating and sexy, is a sensual and intense rosy-red
Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind
Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make spirits soar
Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow
Sweet Lilac, a delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any room

Natural versatile neutrals round out the season’s Top 10 colors and add practicality to these dazzling tones:

Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and
Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral.

If you’re unsure how to blend these vivacious colors into an already established room, start small. For example, an area rug in Margarita or Sweet Lilac and a vase in Cockatoo can invoke the feeling of spring without overwhelming a room. Or try incorporating accent pillows in Sodalite Blue and Solar Power to a lightly colored neutral sofa, such as the Moore sofa in Vintage Flax linen, to bring some blue-sky and sunshine in from the outside.  
There is an infinite number of ways to design a room with this diverse palette. So spring into action this year and get started!