Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

2012 kitchen colors borrow from nature

by Patricia Davis Brown
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

"Color outside the lines" has always been one of my favorite mantras. The current economic climate, however, has curbed our enthusiasm, making us choose more conservatively. Clients I work with today select remodeling materials with an eye to being less wasteful. They are more environmentally-savvy. Colors for 2012 reflect this trend toward getting in tune with the natural surroundings; bringing outside colors into the home; giving it a breath of fresh air.

2012 color trends mimic nature

Nature's color pallets are beautiful. Why not pull from outdoors when designing your interiors? Living in a coastal community, I design many waterfront homes. The colors of the ocean - blues and greens - and of the sand on the beach - beiges and browns - provide a good balance of both cool and warm hues. The contrast of colors makes each important in its own right. Without a good balance of color your design becomes monochromatic, even boring.

ThinkGlass glass kitchen countertop

The trend in cabinetry door styles for 2012 is simplicity in natural wood tones like the eco-friendly bamboo in the photograph above. The glass countertop in this kitchen is a product of ThinkGlass, a company that specializes in thermoforming glass. It mimics the look of water, visible through the kitchen window of this waterfront property. The glass counter provides a contrasting hue that gives the design importance. It's the "wow" factor.

Another way to bring the outside colors into a room is with a large window. If the room has a view of outside, the best way to capitalize on outdoor colors is to keep the room neutral with white or beige walls, and let nature color the space.

Color a white interior with expansive ocean view

Coordinate interior colors with outdoor view

If your outside offers lush vegetation, take advantage of the variety of natural greens. Green is analogous to yellow on the color wheel, which means that they play well together. Consider using a green hue with a soft yellow, and pop it with a brown, earthy wood flooring. The rules of nature are never wrong, so if Mother Nature thinks it looks good together, be confident it will work.

2012 kitchen colors are natural

It's going to be a year of natural finishes and colors. Look outside. Be inspired!

About the Author
Interior designer Patricia Davis Brown specializes in kitchen and bath renovations, and is the owner of Patricia Davis Brown Designs. Brown's work has garnered 15 national and several state awards and been recognized in numerous national publications over her 26 years in the design industry. In 2010, she took her mastery of space planning and design national by launching a virtual design company, ProfessionalKitcheandBathPlans.com and her online store PDBhomestore.com. She also blogs about all things design at www.digthisdesign.net.

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