Looking to the future, three paint and design trends will become popular this year:

1. Exterior Paint Pairings — For the structure’s facade, windows need no longer be just the traditional high-contrast green, red, or black but will lean more toward a monochromatic color scheme. We will begin to notice that doors are painted a shade darker than the other areas of the building.

2. Patterns — In 2012, patterned paint will be at the forefront, with growing interest in hound’s-tooth finishes, intricate designs, and bold color blocking techniques. Sometimes, the pattern is the most prominent feature in an area; at other times, it is merely a less distinctive background for a room’s furnishings and artwork.

3. Black and White is a classic combination that has moved beyond the basics. It is something that can be found in settings ranging from an urban building all the way to a large office complex. The combination is an excellent manner in which to refresh a design with something modern and sophisticated.

If you are working with an office building or structure with a stone exterior, you can still get in on things by making the window color the main color of the stone. Despite all the new hues and trends, not everything will change in 2012. The things that will remain the same are top quality paint, which gives the best performance and the best value to building owners looking to improve the value of their buildings.