Color Trends 2012


We here at Cord & Pleat Design strive to stay updated on current color trends in order to offer you the latest in fashion for your home decor! Here's a sample of the newest trends for 2012.

As you can see, color is IN this season! It can be broken down into three main categories.

  • Bright colors
  • Earth tones (neutrals)
  • Pastels (muted palette)

Bright Colors

Pantone's feature this season - their "Color of the Year" - is a vivid star of the bright colors palette. Tangerine tango is exciting, attention-grabbing, and a fun way to be trendy this year.

With the economy slowly improving, bright colors are making a comeback! From clothing to appliances, makeup & jewelry to home decor, a cheery burst of color can now be found around every corner. Choose carefully, though! I would suggest using this palette as an accent for a surprising "pop" of color. (I love the berry red, and the brighter versions of my favorite colors: blue and green!)

Earth Tones (Neutrals)


Earth tones are the season's neutrals. Homey and soothing, this palette is easy to implement and create a more trend-conscious look for your home that has a lasting effect! While it is much less dramatic than the bright colors popular this season, neutrals will go out of style much more slowly and therefore, can be used on a larger scale. These earth tones give a sense of warmth and security that can be a comforting haven from the hustle and bustle of life.

Pastel (muted palette)

Similar to neutrals, these muted palettes are a more conservative and stable way to add color to your life. Less exciting perhaps, but unlike their bright counterparts - and much like the earth tones/neutrals - these colors are much easier to use on a large scale.


Here you can see Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year: Wythe Blue.   

Here you can see Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year: Wythe Blue.


My dear friend who loves lavender will be delighted to see it being used in this year's color palettes! Marilie is a fan, as well. This look is very French-inspired and calming.

Sometimes it doesn't take much to change the look of a space. An accent pillow in bright cheerful colors, maybe a fresh coat of paint, or a bit of rearranging what you already have in a room can make a world of difference. (Perhaps even a new window treatment? Hint, hint!)

Jaime Mason, Allied Member ASID

Former Design Assistant for Cord & Pleat

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