Benjamin Moore Announces It's 2012 "Color of the Year".

Home Stager with Rooms With Style

Remember last year's color?? Persimmon? was okay for for an accent here and there but other than that I really didn't like it.

This year....I am liking Benjamin Moore's pick: Wythe Blue.

Soothing, classy, elegant yet hip and modern. Here is what they say about it:

2012 Color of the Year!

"Much more versatile than you may think, blue is truly a classic color. It has universal appeal, never goes out of style, and is overwhelmingly chosen as a color favorite across North America. It evokes the sea and sky, physically calms us, and symbolizes trust and commitment.

Because of the influence that blue has in our world today, we have chosen wythe blue (HC-143) as Benjamin Moore's 2012 Color of the Year. It's a beautiful, calming hue that has an element of heritage and offers grounding rootedness, providing comfort and stability."


Here are Benjamin Moore's other Color Trends for 2012.


Spiced Life

A palette of well-seasoned hues that offer a refined perspective.

Sense & Sensability

Timeless colors that make an established home feel contemporary and a new one a little more worldly.

Earth & Sky

Nature's hues unite for a style-savvy palette that transcends organic roots.

Eclectic Elegance

This diverse palette offers a clean, tailored look that works well with any decor.


Now that you have some inspiration go ahead......change a room or two!

If you are uncertain or don't know how to put colors together, call a Certified Dewey Color Specialist to assist you with your color choices for one or all  of your rooms.



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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I absolutely love that blue color!  My daughter-in-law is getting ready to paint her house.  They've been there for a year and all their walls are white.  She's been talking about blue and I think this is perfect for their house!

Dec 30, 2011 08:33 AM #13
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - I love Wythe blue.  It strikes me as a somewhat Swedish historical colour.  Just beautiful.

Dec 30, 2011 10:10 AM #14
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Picking paint colors is a job Sheila! With literally thousands of colors to choose from.

Blue in a room would be beautiful with the rest of the house grey/brown Sharon.!

Like I just reminded Laura! We are having a fabulous time, thank you.

That is a stunning combination Maureen. I haven't used Dunmore Cream before but I just recommended Masada for a client's accent color around their fireplace. I love that color!

Ugh, white walls are the worst Donna! :) Make sure you pass these colors on to her....

I was thinking it was historical too Sally but I missed the Swedish part! lol

Dec 30, 2011 02:49 PM #15
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Shar--I like the Wythe Blue--very classic and gorgeous in that room.  I do, however, love the Persimmon.  Not a whole room full of it.  It is just that highly saturated colors seem to work well in this climate. 

Dec 30, 2011 04:35 PM #16
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shar, I am with YOU, persimmon would not be my choice of colors for a home for sale!   Hope you have a very Happy New Year, and a successful 2012!

Dec 31, 2011 12:43 PM #17
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula


Hi Shar:  Nice color this year, I agree, I would off-set it wit beige in my  house.  Have A Happy New Year and beyond in 2012!


Jan 01, 2012 08:03 AM #18
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Shar: I love the Masada and the Dunmore Cream. Thanks for keeping us all up to date.

Jan 01, 2012 11:05 PM #19
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Shar,

I never could get into the Persimmon color and I don't think many others did either! Wythe Blue is very regal and calming and many colors could be added to make it pop!

Jan 02, 2012 12:09 AM #20
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

That pink salmon color was scary but the others are more earth tone and soothing, thanks for sharing.

Jan 02, 2012 02:12 AM #21
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Shar,

It's always fun to see the emerging trends and changes for style.  Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

Jan 02, 2012 02:51 AM #22
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I can see where Persimmon would work better in Hawaii Janet, no doubt.

I'm not crazy about it even if my client isn't moving Joan! ;) Hope you have a wonderful 2012 as well.

You can do alot of things with this color for sure Jane.

You are welcome Anne. I love those two colors too.

Totally agree with you Dorie!

I thought it was a little scary too David.....good adjective.

I know, isn't it fun Lisa. Some years the pick winners...some years not so much. I think they should ask me my opinion. LOL


Jan 02, 2012 01:44 PM #23
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Wow!  Love this post, Shar.  Yes, this year's color is so easy on the soul.  Looks inviting and relaxing as well as cozy. 

My dining room is still a soft coral which I still love, but I may consider repainting the family room this year.

Thanks for popping over to my site recently.

Jan 03, 2012 02:50 AM #24
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Mary. Before and after pictures are always fun to see when you repaint!


Jan 04, 2012 10:38 AM #25
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Shar, I do like the new color choice for 2012. I find it soothing, not jarring. How influential is this company. Does it mean everyone will have this color now?

Jan 05, 2012 01:00 AM #26
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Sandy, Benjamine Moore is an huge and extremely popular paint company with a lot of influence. Plus they have GREAT colors. Will everyone have it? Hmm....not necessarily. When I go in to assist in Designing someone's home they may ask what the trends are but it still comes down to what they like as they need to love it. It is always about them in that case. Different than when they are selling.

Jan 05, 2012 11:05 AM #27
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

We used Benjamin Moore when we had our house painted and loved the colors. The ones above - totally my taste!

Jan 07, 2012 06:55 AM #28
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Shar if a color is not in an 8 pack of crayons I do not know what to call it.  Guess why that is why I am not a stager.

Jan 10, 2012 11:45 AM #29
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Shar, I love BM new color choice. It looks very elegant and sophisticated. I am thinking to paint my house since we've lived here for 5 years now. I am leaning toward to the gray tones.

Jan 11, 2012 05:02 PM #30
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I do not know to much but the softer color is something I like.

May 28, 2012 03:38 AM #31
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Benjamine Moore has some of the best colors LaNita so I can see why you used them.

Not even a 16 pack Gene? LOL

I really like the gray tones Anna which I didn't use to like in the past.

I agree with you....softer is sometimes better. 

May 28, 2012 05:49 AM #32
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