Color Trends 2012 – Ocean Color On Summer Tides


Clockwise from top left: Colorful Wobble Glasses by Monica Lubkowska, Iacoli & McAllister Frame Cluster Lights, Shredder Scissors, RAKSKOG Kitchen Cart by Nike Karlsson, FAT Jug by Piet Hein Eek, Rex Clover Arm Chair, Marimekko Blue Selanne Fabric, Kelly Wearstler Turquoise Cube Ring, Blue Bucket by Jasper Morrison – images via Design Milk

Yesterday’s article about trends compared the forecast with what real people are doing in interior design. An examination at the half-way mark reveals a belligerent disconnect between the color forecast turning away from watery ocean tones going toward 2013 and the grass roots embrace of seaside in both palette and product.

From Design Milk:

” Never mind that blues and greens, particularly jades, turquoises, and robin’s egg, are my favorite colors, they’re also the shades of summer (at least to me). While others might associate sweet sorbets with the season, I always turn to the ocean for inspiration, thus is the theme for this week’s installment of CMYLK. This Ocean Hues Colourlovers palette runs from grass to sky to the depths of the sea”.

Chair #35 by Damian Velasquez – image via Design Milk

With Dwell on Design 2012 right around the corner  a selection of new products will debuti at the show. The new designs run the gamut, everything from shippable homes to furniture to lighting to outdoor pods and everything in between with a whole lot of ocean color in the Fall line up for home!

Waht the look?

Pittsburgh Paints Al Fresco Collection

Practically wall decor – this Designers Guild Ocean Colored Rug is on back order until July – it sold out within a couple of weeks of hitting the Spring Market!

Rug and pillows from Designers Guild – image and product from MyHomeFaceLift.com

But ocean tone pillows are plentiful and bring fast and interchangeable pops of color to any space in your home.

Design Legacy ocean tome pillows with RSB Lighting from MyHomeFaceLift.com

Word Plates are also new introductions to debut at Dwell – organic materials and ocean colors are a summer and year round design home run! image from Design Milk

Enjoy the sun, the summer, and try an ocean spray of color to countermand those long and exhausting color doldrums between summer’s end and triumphant return!

About Kimberly Latimer

My background is in fine arts. In addition to residential work in interior design, I have designed both product and packaging for childrens' retail products at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Natural History Museums in the US and Canada. I am an expert in color and my style embraces color, art and up-cycling for a green edge to design.
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