New! 2012 Color Trends Home & Interior – All 9 Pantone Palettes!

UPDATE:   The PANTONE Color Trends for Fall / Winter 2012 – 2013 are in:…nter-2012-2013/

Here is the full Pantone color release for Interiors & Furnishings, and Pantone’s own color stories regarding all nine color palletts! I don’t normally quote content, but as the creators, I thought you might be interested in reading Pantone’s reflections about the creative process behind this year’s color trends, straight from the source. Everyone will have favorites, but I love “The Comics” for this group’s fearless and pure color bravado. Throughout this week, I’ll take a look at the color palettes individually, and hopefully contribute meaningful thoughts and impressions on making these diverse color groups work in your home, in 2012 and beyond…

“The nine palettes for 2012 are: Nonchalance, Subtleties, Resilience, Indigo Effects, and Transcending Time, Back to the Fuchsia, Reflections, Nouveau Neon and The Comics”.

Pantone Nonchalance Palette

“The simplicity and casual ambiance in this palette, called Nonchalance, are easy to read and enjoy. The reassuring colors coax a feeling of tranquility and relaxation with no suggestion of anxiety in the surroundings. The comforting pastel pinks, ethereal blues and soft egret white wrap us in carefree baby blanket colors, harmoniously blending with the more mature taupe, gray and grape tones”.    




Pantone Sublties Palette



Subtleties are just that – a close connectivity between the color families, sliding effortlessly into a seamless collection of hues that are either closely related or quietly complementary. The atmosphere they present is effortless and compatible: hazy coral, soft yellow green, faded rose, stonewashed blue and tinges of gray and green artfully set against a tasteful brown earthy red.

Pantone Resilience Palette

Resilience represents a group of sturdy hues that work very well together. It speaks of hand-hewn objects of substance, sustenance and solidity in a range of natural, outdoor shades. There are nuances of the deepest browns, varietal mushroom tones, foliage green and greenish yellow. A dash of flamingo orange adds an exotic touch to this otherwise organic grouping.



Pantone Indigo Effects



Like the twilight colors of a descending night sky, Indigo Effects evokes a mood of broad expansiveness and depth – enveloping and protective, yet mysterious. The colors are variations on a blue theme – celestial and majestic blues, purpled and deep blue indigos – all deftly brushed with contrasting strokes of maroon, mauve and moody gray.



Pantone Transcending Time Color Palette



Transcending Time is a palette that speaks of continuity – inspirations from the past, both style and color-wise, which continue well into the future – containing hues that heirlooms are made of, including elegant wine and plum, warm beige and wood tones, as well as classic rose. A touch of frosted almond adds a soft and subtle glimmer to the atmosphere.

Pantone Back To Fuschia

Bold, daring and audacious, this is a group of tantalizing colors that makes no excuses for the attention it creates. Back to the Fuchsia celebrates the energy generated through the provocative melding of dancing reds, purples and pink, all highlighted by a variety of fuchsias. Jewel-toned peridot both accentuates and complements the hotter hues.



Pantone Reflections Palette

Glossy finish and color are a magical coupling, fascinating the eye and riveting attention. Metallic or glassy surfaces undulate and move and twist and turn, taking colors to new dimensions. Included in this arresting palette, called Reflections, are tones and tints that spark the imagination: Turkish sea, blue moon, garnet, beluga, cloud dancer as well as the classic silver and gold.


The colors of the Nouveau Neon palette are not the phosphorescent neon’s of yesterday. They are instead a collection of exuberant shades that bring a fresh new perspective to combinations. Asian-inspired bamboo yellow-green plays with orange Popsicle® and berry purples, while citrus colors toy with pink and raspberry. A flavorful butter-rum tan is the unexpected accompaniment to all of the vibrant colors in the palette.

Pantone Nouveau Neon

Taken directly from Pantone’s press release, and chicago unveiling of the Spring/Summer 2012 Color Trends Report.

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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12 Responses to New! 2012 Color Trends Home & Interior – All 9 Pantone Palettes!

  1. Michelle Towns says:

    I would love to see some rooms painted in the resilience palette. Love it

  2. tomas miguel s. ababon says:

    can you show me a house painted in black with glossy finish

  3. Beautiful trends. Can’t wait to use them in my projects.

  4. Pingback: Portfolio: “Design Project #5: the house” | Jaguwar Design & Construction (for Sims)

    • klatimer says:

      Good for you! I would thank you, but it sounds like you did all that you needed on your own. If you get a chance, please share an image of your result – I am sure it would embolden other readers who have put off taking that risk they are aching to take!

  5. Jane Smith says:

    Thanks for the great content. My short attention span meant I didn’t battle my way through Pantone’s original press release so thanks for encapsulating the salient points. I’ll definitely be re-visiting your site and checking out myhomefacelift too.

  6. yviemarie says:

    Where is the Comics palette!?

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