Paint & Pair Perfectly with 2018's Colors of the Year

It’s that time of year again…the big paint companies - such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr, and PPG - have announced their Colors of the Year for 2018.

These top companies spend millions on research to determine the public’s desire for color. They base their research on a combination of economic, environmental and lifestyle trends on a global scale.

They travel worldwide, meet with hundreds of color experts, study demographic trends and then narrow millions of colors into a few palettes. You can learn more about the process in this Benjamin Moore video.

The 2018 Colors of the Year

Benjamin Moore - Caliente AF-290

Sherwin Williams - Oceanside SW-6496

Behr - In The Moment T18-15

Pittsburgh Paints - Black Flame PPG1043-7


As the Pantone Color Institute predicted last summer – there is a definite trend towards bold and saturated colors. The Institute’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman says:

Colour’s increased influence in fashion design is being felt around the world. Designers for both the US and UK markets recognize the need to show more colour in their collections, we broadened the direction for Spring 2018 to satisfy the growing consumer appetite for flexibility of expression through colour. Unique shades for the London runway convey themes of energy, sophistication and serenity. There are multi-dimensional and grounded hues, while others exude a vibrant breath of fresh air.

Understandably, the home décor industry is driven by fashion trends so it’s no surprise that the top two paint colors are bold and vibrant. And I LOVE them!


Interior design featuring these bold color trends

My two favorites are Sherwin Williams Oceanside SW 6496 and Ben Moore’s Caliente.

I love red and blue – and the depth in these two colors is gorgeous. As they are complements, both colors pair beautifully with each other and with other bright tropical colors.  

Crisp white furniture looks amazing with either of these colors as a backdrop.

Another top trending color is Black Flame by Pittsburgh Paint. People are hesitant to use black on the walls, but a warm black can make a space very inviting.

Sure, these colors look great in magazines, but how can you incorporate these colors into your décor? Below are a few tips.

Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors: 2018 COtY Edition


1. Saturated colors - whether they are warm (reds, oranges and golds) or cool (blues, greens and purples) - will advance towards you. They will make a space feel more intimate and cozy.  

2. If you’re nervous about using such a bold color, use it in a powder room. I’m a big proponent of ‘statement’ powder rooms. They’re small spaces, so if you hate the look, it’s not a big deal to change it. And powder rooms get lots of visitors, so you can really leave an impression. 

3. Accent these bold colors with metallics. How fabulous does this copper tub look against these ocean inspired tiles?

4. If you’re still color shy, you can always use these colors as accent colors on a neutral palette.

Bold colors for beautifully dramatic spaces

Whether it’s just the front door or as an accent wall, incorporating these bold colors will add energy and drama to your décor.

Bold colors still not working for you? No worries, Behr’s color of the year is the very serene and calming In the Moment.

You could easily accent this beautiful, almost neutral color with a pop or two of Caliente.

Not sure how to make it all happen? Give me a call – a color consultation is an easy way to find your ideal color palette.

Behr's In the Moment

Behr's In the Moment

Dramatic charcoal accent wall

Dramatic charcoal accent wall

A welcoming pop of Caliente

A welcoming pop of Caliente