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8 Top Color Sources to Help You Decorate Your Home

Fashion and design experts and product manufacturers come out at the start of each new year with their color trend prognostications. They group colors together into compelling "stories" aimed at attracting consumers. If you're a homeowner, or someone who's interested in Interior Design, you should pay attention to these color trends ... but with a grain of salt. 

"These shades of green will give you the comfort you're looking for in a world plagued by a declining economy - and who can't use a reassuring life?" "These colors radiate warmth and sunniness, putting you into a good mood and energizing your life." It all sounds good, but it boils down to the very real psychology behind colors
Cool and warm colors impact our moods, and if you're running a paint company or coming out with new appliances or floor fashions or wall coverings, it pays to tap into the psychological vein, spin some color palette stories, and call them hot trends in the hope that consumers will buy more of your products. 
I don't think color trends amount to compelling information you must  use to keep your house fresh, au courant, and trendy. But do look at what the color experts are putting together when it comes to color stories.
These can be helpful ways to group colors that make sense and sometimes form surprising color blocks that might shake your interiors out of the doldrums. Experts are putting these stories together, so look at a variety of them and gravitate towards the one that you'd like to live around day after day in your home. Here are my 8 Top Color Sources that can give you some color story inspiration; click on the links below for more information.

 The Big 8 - Top Color Sources

  1. Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2012 - Earth & Sky, Eclectic Elegance, Spiced Life, Sense & Sensibility
  2. Sherwin-Williams colormix 2012 forecast - Neutrals, Reds, Blues, Greens
  3. Valspar Trend Colors 2012 - Precious Garden, Converging Cultures, Organic Elements, Urban Light
  4. California Paint Company Color Trends 2012 - Soulful, Spirited, Dreamy
  5. Behr Color Trends 2012 - Santa Fe Today, Retro Recall, Safari Escape, Tea Party
  6. Dunn-Edwards Simply Refocus 2012 Color Trends - Simply Sentimental, Simply Refined, Simply Revolutionary, Simply Essential
  7. Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012
  8. And if you'd like to purchase industry forecasts that are 2 years ahead of the current season, go to Global Color Research Mix Trends publications 


As lead curriculum developer for Sheffield School, I'm fascinated with color. If you're interested in learning more about color and interior design, then I encourage you to explore the Sheffield School, New York, NY. Sheffield began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

Reader Comments (6)

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February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolar Pool Heater
So beautiful for Spring!
February 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelaine marie
They are beautiful colors that i really like almost.
February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElen
Great bright colours. They are so refreshing!
February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCleaning Rose
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It is all so bright and fresh. And even though it look quite mordern it does feel warm.

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