Paint colours seem to trend from year to year and 2012’s hot colours include many deep and vibrant hues. However, many neutral palettes are also very popular and the most popular paint companies include a deep colour with a neutral palette. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you should consider painting, as this is a home improvement that provides excellent return on investment. If you haven’t painted in the last three to five years, then your paint colours are potentially outdated and one of the easiest things you can do to improve your home presentation for potential buyers is to repaint. In addition, sprucing up your property with modern paint colours provides great return on investment. If you’re interested in other home improvements that provide good ROI, click here. The following are paint colour trends for 2012 from five of the leading paint manufacturers. Benjamin Moore offers four trend setting palettes for 2012. These are called Earth & Sky, which focuses on neutral colours, and Eclectic Elegance, which adds a deep red to a neutral base. The Spiced Life palette includes deep brown and blue gray enhanced by warm and light tones, and Sense & Sensibility brings the warmth of nature to your walls. They are touting Wythe Blue, featured in the Earth and Sky palette as their colour of the year. Farrow & Ball uses unexpected combinations of colour as their key to the colour trends for 2012. Using strong greys with accents of blues and yellows create a modern look. Their Babouche is a bold yellow with neutral greys. Brassica incorporates a pale aubergine combined with neutral tones. Pigeon is a mix of gray, green, and blue tones combined with white and incarnadine. Railings creates a dramatic look with a deep charcoal combined with grey and white. These palettes utilize rich shades that provide a touch of nostalgia as they exude a quiet intensity. CIL Paints has included a lively red named “Tea Dance” as their colour of the year. They also include palettes called Clean & Playful, Deep & Luxurious, Mellow & Comforting, and Soft & Elegant for both introverts and extroverts with a variety of colour combinations. Behr Paints is looking to add a light-hearted feeling to meet people’s desire to lift their spirits through colour. Santa Fe Today brings together warm natural tones, Safari Escape combines exotic details with neutrals, Retro Recall blends retro and contemporary colours while Tea Party is comprised of a Victorian mix. Sico Paint‘s 2012-2013 themes reflect diversity and optimism as well as their emphasis on the environment. It is primarily comprised of greens, reds, and neutrals. Living Scrapbook includes a coral red; Delicate Mix brings in a mix of neutral colours while One Small Seed is meant to represent photosynthesis with its pale green, deep aubergine, and soft white. Clay, water, and earth tones are featured. Sico is advocating optimism through colour. So, to sum it up, paint colour trends for 2012 include neutrals, with shades of grey being very prominent. At the same time, bold accent colours such as aubergine are paired with the neutral colors to create exciting combinations. When you look at the different colour palettes offered by these five leading paint companies, you can see that there are plenty of opportunities to select colours that match your personal preference, while tapping into this year’s trends.