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Color Trends - 2018

Color Trends - 2018

Every year, most paint manufacturers will release a “color of the year” and a palette of complimentary colors. It’s usually a good predictor of what the most popular paint colors will be for the year, and it would seem that the industry is seeing red this year (along with black and blue).

The colors you live with everyday should be colors that you love, regardless of what the current fashion trends might be. One of the most common mistakes in selecting a paint color is to select the paint before considering furniture, rugs, accessories, and window treatments. Most interior designers recommend that you start with your furnishings and then choose a color that works with them.

Bright or highly saturated colors can sometimes overwhelm a room. Even if you love some of the current trend colors, they are sometimes best used in small doses and not necessarily for repainting your entire home. That’s the reason a color palette is usually featured with a paint manufacturer’s “color of the year.”

When choosing interior colors, be mindful of the impact sunlight and artificial light may have on a color. Sunlight tends to favor warmer colors in the morning and afternoon, and cooler colors in the middle of the day. Incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent lighting can also enhance or detract from a color.

When choosing exterior paint colors, it’s important to consider durability and coverage. Some pigments are more prone to fading (reds and blues, for example). Neutral and gray paints typically cover in fewer coats than heavily tinted colors (yellows and oranges).

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year - Oceanside SW 6496

“A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive.”


Key color combinations: Exuberant Pink SW6840, Honey Bees SW9018, In the Navy SW9178, and Adrift SW7608. It is also ideal with corals and copper metallic tones.

PPG Paints Color of the Year - Black Flame PPG1043-7

“This statement-making black, infused with an undertone of the deepest indigo, evokes the privacy, hope and classic modernism that many consumers crave today.”

Key color combinations: Moth Gray PPG14-29, Alpaca Wool PPG14-19, Oatmeal PPG1023-1, and Delicate White PPG1001-1.

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year - Caliente AF-290

“Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door.”

Key color combinations: Stone 2112-40, Black Beauty 2128-10, Coastal Path AF-380, White Opulence OC-69

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