Colours 2012 by Alison Coplen

Considering we are almost into February, I think we here in Majorca have had the mildest winter in many years, and I am not complaining at all. There is already the promise of Spring in the air, and the shops are getting ready to burst into colour. So what is happening in the fashion and interior design world with colour for 2012?.
It has been the first time I have noticed such a fabulous blend of colours as predicted in the Pantone choice for 2012 that has worked so well with anything  and everything, maybe I have not noticed before but it really is complimentary across the spectrum of interior design, wardrobe and even cosmetics this year. The colours are soft even though vibrant, easy on the eye and  mixing well with the patterns that they  are being designed . There are delicate florals and some striking geometrics, some are blended with the ever popular “neutral” shade, always a winner, and others are daring  and sumptuous being  mixed up in a more bold manner, not for the meek but you can incorporate the look by adding  just as an accent or highlight within the home where you may have a beige base as the mainstay colour.
The textures being used are also mixed giving the  feel of  comfort and luxury, a sensual experience to relax with.
I doubt this is done by chance and without some thought of the World and the concerns which we are attempting  to overcome, as colour has such an impact on the mind and senses, reading ahead for the forecast to 2013 the colour palette has been named Refocus for 2012 and Unity for 2013. I like their plan, fashion and design is a wonderful way to incorporate our Worldly considerations with an opportuniyy to a  feel good factor, I for one cannot wait to start using these new season colours and designs, and all in the name of work!!
From Pantone
2012 “Refocus and reset the spotlight. Choose your viewpoint and alter your perspective. Exploring the different ways we feel and look at things can inform the way we innovate with colour “
2013 “Unity and co we rediscover power in numbers and embrace this new culture of unity, the marriage between colour and context grows stronger”
A globally recognized authority on colour chose this cheerful, feel-good colour to help keep spirits high. According to the Pantone website: “The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango 2012 , a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.”
Throughout the coming year, you’re sure to see this colour emerging from the visionary palettes of both fashion and interior designers. And while it might be just a colour, I’ve found that surrounding yourself with happy hues can help to enhance your mood.
 Fabrics by Romo, Zinc
Shoes Stuart Weitzman

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