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The Hottest Interior Room Colors for 2012


I love helping my clients select colors for a remodeled room. Colors often reflect the latest home design trends but can also be a personal statement. To me the latter is more important because it is the way homeowners define their space. There are many ways to add color to a home but people most often ask me about paint colors.

How to Select Interior Room Colors

Hot Interior Room ColorsOne of the keys to using color in a home setting is to coordinate the hues of various rooms. Think of your home as a color palette when making color choices. I find that people are often afraid of experimenting with color and are unsure of what tones will be pleasing in their homes. Here are a few tips to help you select interior colors:

  • Consider colors that appeal to you. What colors are most frequently in your wardrobe? If you’ve visited homes or cut out photos of rooms that serve as an inspiration for your project, what colors caught your eye?

  • Look at your furnishings for keys to wall color. If you have upholstered pieces, what are the dominate colors? Would you use a similar or complimentary color on the walls?

  • Use the “Color Wheel”. Remember your art classes in elementary school when the art teacher pulled out a color wheel? Those principles are helpful in selecting wall colors, trims and accents for a room in your home.

  • Do’s and Don’ts. Check out HGTV’s list of do’s and don’ts for selecting interior colors.

Online Paint Selection Tools

Paint manufacturers try to do some of the work for you. Several have put together palettes that simplify the process of selecting colors for your home and actually make it fun.  Some of our favorite palettes are Benjamin Moore’s “Historic Colors”, 174 colors found in homes of the 18th and 19th century that have stood the test of time, and “Pottery Barn” colors, which are ever changing with today’s furnishing and fabric trends.

Sherwin Williams has a great website that allows you to experiment with color before you invest in paint. You can upload a photo of your room to the site or select photos of rooms that represent your space. You can play with color to help choose shades that are ideal for your home.

Pittsburg Paint also has an interactive palette to help you with color selections.  

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Our Picks for the Hottest Interior Room Colors in 2012

If you still are having trouble deciding, here are our picks of great neutrals and hot, bold colors that we’re seeing in Central New York homes for 2012:

Neutral Colors

  • Off Whites:  “Mayonnaise” by Benjamin Moore. Interior designers in popular magazines note that this color is one of their favorites.

  • Great Beiges:Navajo White” by Benjamin Moore is a classic color that can be used for walls and trims. This color has appeared on the Pottery Barn color chart and is popular with decorators.

  • Greens: Martha Stewart loves sage greens. HGTV also has been showing this color in its kitchen renovations on many shows. If you’re looking for a rich sage green, try Benjamin Moore’s “Sherwood Green”. Other popular greens are Moore’s “Jalapeno Pepper”, a past Pottery Barn color that has more yellow or classic “Georgian Green” which complements natural wood cabinetry and flooring.

  • Blues: Benjamin Moore’s “Palladian Blue” is a teal blue neutral perfect for kitchens, baths and bedrooms. We love it in combination with tans and browns, grays and purples.

  • Yellows: Yellow is a tough color to pick but can be an outstanding neutral. It can be paired with red, blue, green, coral, peach and black accents. Our choice is Benjamin Moore’s “Montgomery White” which looks terrific in any room or hallway.

  • Grays: Gray is really a “hot” neutral color this year because it grounds most any room, accents dark wood furniture and makes red, purple, yellow, black and blue accent colors ‘pop’. Check out Moore’s silvery “Coventry Gray”.

Bold Colors

  • Gold: Benjamin Moore “Dorset Gold” is a rich yellow-orange color that works well with dark woods, blacks, dark reds and browns.

  • Deep, dark blues: Moore’s “New York State of Mind” is a fantastic blue with just a touch of green.  It works well with yellows, blacks, reds and stands out against white. Great for a bathroom or bedroom.

  • Orange: Peruvian Chili is a new hot color by Benjamin Moore for 2013. We’d like to see this used with blacks, brown, natural woods and with cream accents. Perfect in kitchens with black granite counters and medium to dark woods.

  • Reds: The new colors from Benjamin Moore include a bright rich red, Cherry Burst, that will make blacks, grays, blues and whites sparkle.

  How to Select Room Colors


Thank you!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 9:40 AM by Heather Scott
Congratulations keep doing great. Your doing an amazing job
Posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:48 PM by Berly Estevez
You mention Dorset Gold as a color that works well with dark red. Can you give an example of a dark red that would go well with Dorset Gold? I have been struggling for a long time to find a good red-gold combination for my apartment. Actually, I already have some walls painted in BM's HC-10 Stuart Gold, and I like it but can't seem to find other colors it goes well with. I am enjoying the warmth of gold but open to changing my wall color so that I can find something that coordinates well with other colors. I have some built-in cabinets and other elements that are demanding to be another color, and I had always pictured a dark red of some kind (anything from brick to wine) but fear I may need to give up the gold to get it to work.
Posted @ Saturday, January 05, 2013 12:52 AM by Heather C
Heather C, 
I would recommend finding a interior decorator in your area that could give you a personal consultation within your space. Recommending a color without seeing the space is difficult for a couple of reasons:  
Natural, florescent, and incandescent lights will all effect colors differently. Incandescent will have a much warmer (yellow or amber) light than a fluorescent which will appear cool (slightly blue). Natural light will vary as well depending on the orientation of the room in the house (North, south, west, east facing & also time of day).  
Secondly the colors that are existing within your space, IE other walls and fabrics, will effect how the red appears to you. 
I would recommend painting small swatches onto the wall and view it at different times throughout the day as well as with the different lights within your house. This will give you the best idea of how that color will act in your space before you make the commitment to paint the whole wall. If you are local I can recommend a few good decorators that can assist you, and also recommend Purcells (a paint distributor) that sells small pints for painting swatches on the wall. 
I hope this helps in your search! Thank you for the inquiry.
Posted @ Monday, January 07, 2013 11:00 AM by Lauren
I saw your question on this post. Light and furnishings are important to consider when choosing wall color. Regarding the gold colors in your apartment, here are some suggestions of reds to try: 
Dorset Gold has an orange tone. Coral reds would work well in an apartment where you may be trying to unify the space. In the Benjamin Moore palette the following reds will complement Dorset Gold: 
Moroccan Spice: AF-285 An earthy red with coral tones 
Deep Poinsetta: 2091-30 A red that has brown tones and complements gold 
Georgian Brick: HC-50 If you are looking for rich deep color try this one or Mayflower Red HC-49 which is slightly lighter in value. 
Stuart Gold reads slightly green and works with reds that have blue tones. A red that would work both colors is Benjamin Moore "Red Maple Leaf" 2084-20. This color was on the 2012 Pottery Barn palette and looks great with wood cabinets and furnishings and wood flooring. 
When looking for colors for my home I often visit furniture showrooms and ask about paint colors used in displays. Usually the salespeople are helpful and will provide the name of the color and paint used or even a chip if they have it. 
When trying out a dark color, I paint a board rather than my wall because the color may be hard to cover once I've made my choice. I can also move the board around the room and to view it in different lighting. 
I hope this helps in your search for a red. -Mary K
Posted @ Monday, January 07, 2013 3:45 PM by Mary K
read please 
Posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:08 PM by
Nice read! I like the suggestions.
Posted @ Thursday, December 05, 2013 3:08 AM by Daniel
Great post.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:32 AM by Joe
I love this post.
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