Designers take heed, Porphyry pavers, especially the Patagonia Storm Gray goes well with the other color of the year. We have seen Pantone’s color of the year- Tangerine Tango, but now AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint manufacturer, has named Terra Cotta Rose, a blushing, lively and juicy red as its 2012 Color of the Year.

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“The Colour of the year is a blushing, lively, juicy red. This radiant shade is the most important colour for 2012 as it is at once whimsical and serious, dynamic and soft, perfect for a tiny accent or for a feature wall. A colour that can be many things to many people reminds us not to look for simple solutions, but to open our minds to new ideas that are waiting to be discovered.”


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                                Patagonia Storm Gray Porphyry from Milestone Imports


Migrating from a citrus yellow, the 2011 Color of the Year, AkzoNobel’s color experts believe that color trends overall are “progressing into something more confident and robust” for 2012, with “possibilities” selected as the dominant theme.

This is in keeping with a AkzoNobel’s color trend analysis, which identified take-charge optimism as a major influence for 2012. Akin to a political party convention, AkzNobel’s color experts from all parts of the globe gather annually in September for the AkzoNobel Color Convention to report on and examine trends in architecture, design, fashion, entertainment, politics and business in their respective markets. The group then translates these dominant trends into a global color palette. AkzoNobel’s “color psychologists” winnow down the colors expected to be in vogue in the following year and through that process determined the “Color of the Year”—in this case, Terra Cotta Rose—as the one color most likely to resonate across AkzoNobel’s diverse global markets.  To see their complete colour futures report click here  Colour Futures Report      


Porphyry’s composition determines its high compression strength, resistance to stains, slip resistance, and high freeze/thaw ratings.  The stone is the most popular paver in Europe, and is favored for its flexibility in design, beauty, durability and low maintenance requirements. ADA Compliant Porphyry pavers are also adaptable to a permeable paving set. The stone is by far one of the most durable pavers in the world.  These materials are available from Milestone Imports.   –