Sometimes the best way to reduce that feeling of being completely overwhelmed when we visit the paint swatch section of the DIY store is to look to the experts. Every year, paint companies will look to upcoming trends as well as cultural moods and shifts, deciding which color or colors best represent where we are as a nation.
Of course, every group of experts interprets their findings in their own way and so there is plenty of choice when it comes to experimenting with a trending color in your home. Today, we’re looking at a few of our favorites and sharing how you can interpret these popular color schemes in your décor this year.
Benjamin Moore 2018 Color Of the Year: Caliente
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By far, one of the ‘hottest’ colors that were chosen this year was by Benjamin Moore Paints. Caliente is as exciting as it sounds – the bold red with rich orange undertones is an attention-grabber.
“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence,” says Ellen O’Neill, Director of Strategic Design Intelligence at Benjamin Moore. “It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’”
Try using it as an accent in your décor – paint a smaller piece of furniture in this shade for a bold pop of unexpected color, highlight an interesting architectural feature to draw the eye to it or create a welcoming first impression on your front door.
Benjamin Moore 2018 Color Trends
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If a fiery red shade feels too bold for your home, consider one of the other colors that Benjamin Moore has chosen for its 2018 Color Trends.
Pleasant Pink, Texas Rose and Cranberry Cocktail are all variations on the warm red theme but their muted tones will be easier to live with long term when mixed with warm earthy greige like Elk Horn or Coastal Path.
Behr 2018 Color of the Year: In the Moment
If cool and tranquil is more your speed, you’ll love Behr’s very first Color of the Year. Their choice? In the Moment – a shade inspired by nature with a restorative coalescence of blue, grey and green.
“In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” said Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr. “It crosses multiple design styles — global, coastal, modern — and pairs well with other subdued colors to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”
Equally striking in the kitchen, bedroom or living room, consider choosing this shade for rooms where relaxation is the priority and combine with shades of white and natural wood finishes for a coastal vibe.
Behr Paint 2018 Color Trends
Behr’s picks for their trending colors are a fantastic mix of warm neutrals including a muted ochre in Life is Good and the warm inviting Kombucha. The cooler colors are soft and harmonious as well from the pleasantly-named Nurturing – a soft sage green – to Quiet Time, a blue-based grey.
We particularly love a combination of these serene shades in the bedroom with layered tones of blue, green and grey and just a hint of rust like Behr’s Civara as an accent colour.
Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year: Oceanside
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A lush bold teal was Sherwin William’s pick in its shade Oceanside, a color inspired by a sense of adventure and wanderlust. It will please those who are naturally drawn to jewel tones and is the perfect foil for Mid-Century Modern styles or those who crave an eclectic, contemporary look.
“Green-blues in deep values, such as Oceanside, respond to changes in light, which is a quality that creates intense dimension,” says Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It is a tremendously versatile color and harmonizes with other diverse color groups.”
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Consider combining this shade as Sherwin Williams suggest – bright pinks and warm yellows will each pop against this shade for a fun and luxurious mix.
PPG 2018 Color of the Year: Black Flame
Almost every color expert team chose a variation of black within their trending shades but it was PPG who chose the edgy Black Flame as their Color of the Year. The deep inky blue-black makes a striking backdrop and creates a quiet, enveloping oasis from the outside world.
Dee Schlotter, PPG’s Senior Color Marketing Manager says about the choice, “Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the indigo offers possibility and a deep hopefulness.”
The blend of two colours makes it incredibly versatile — use it on a statement wall, with a matte finish on a ceiling, create drama in a high gloss in a staircase or give your interior and exterior doors a fresh update. The versatile hue can also ground whites, blush pinks and soft pastels, creating a modern luxe vibe.
Looking for more inspiration in choosing colors for your home? Check out our post on inspiring color combinations here or get creative with ideas for color blocking.