Redecorating a room in your home and need some color inspiration? Find out what’s in style with these 2018 paint color trends.
Well, it’s the beginning of a new year…and that means people are making all kinds of predictions about what the new year will bring.
Some of my favorite forecasts are the “Color of the Year” selections that the paint companies make each year.
As I mentioned last year when I was talking about the 2017 paint color trends, this isn’t necessarily so that I can rush out and paint my rooms the latest and greatest colors. I firmly believe you should only decorate with colors that you love, not go with the trends just because they are trendy.
However, if the trend happens to be a color I love, that usually means finding accessories in that color will be a whole lot easier. So it may help me make some decisions about any rooms I’m planning on re-decorating…or add some things to a space I already have decorated in that color.
This year a lot of the trends are continuing down the “lots of color” path that started last year. And since I happen to love color, that suits me just fine!
Keep reading to see the paint color trends for 2018.
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Color Trend #1: Lots of Purple
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This 2018 paint color trend started last year with a couple of the paint companies choosing dark purple as one of their options. But this year the shades of purple have gone much bolder and brighter.
The brightest, boldest purple hue of them all, “Ultra Violet”, is the 2018 color of the year from the Pantone Color Institute, a consulting firm that forecasts global color trends.
I have to say that a lot of people are losing their mind over this color choice…and not in a good way!.
It is a very bold color so I can see how it might be a bit intimidating to think of painting it on your walls.
Although I decided to go for something similar when I re-decorated my master bedroom.
No pastel lilac for me!
If you love the color but don’t want to do a full room, some cushions or other accessories might be the thing for you.
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For those of you who don’t want to go that dark, Sherwin Williams included “Wisteria” in their Connectivity paint palette for 2018. It’s still a bright, fairly bold color that will definitely bring some life to a room!
For more of a grey-based lavender color, you could try one of Farrow & Ball’s selections for this season called “Brassica”. As with most of Farrow & Ball’s paints, the color changes in different light…sometimes looking more lavender and sometimes more grey, which is part of what makes their paint so unique.
Color Trend #2: Ocean Blue
Those of you who have been here probably know that I am pretty happy with this 2018 paint color trend. Bring on the blues! (That’s a hint…this isn’t the only one on this list!)
Sherwin Williams chose “Oceanside” as their 2018 color of the year. It’s a deep green-blue color that definitely has a marine feeling. I love how they painted the insides of the shelves green to dress them up a bit.
If you’re not inclined to do a whole room in this color, I think it would make a beautiful statement door color (statement doors are a 2018 home decor trend…you can find all about that and more decorating trends HERE).
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If you want a color with a little more green in it, try “Inchyra Blue” from Farrow & Ball. It is based on the blue doors of the Georgian Inchyra House in Scotland and can take on many personalities depending on the light. Anything from green to grey to blue.
There’s that blue door idea I was talking about!
Or for a little more of a blue base, Valspar has included “Roadster Blue” at Lowe’s (also known as “Lake Henry” at Ace Hardware and independent retailers) as one of their 2018 paint color trends.
Color Trend #3: Saturated Blue
In addition to the green-blues, pure saturated blues are also making an appearance in the color trends this year (another one of my favorites!)
Valspar went with a true blue called Vivid Blue at Lowes and Blueprint at Ace Hardware or independent retailers.
(And in case you didn’t notice, that’s a statement door done in a different way.)
Behr has included something similar in their 2018 paint color trends with “Wide Sky”.
It really does have a feeling of freedom like being in a wide-open field with nothing but blue sky above you.
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Sherwin Williams has a darker shade of blue included in their 2018 Unity collection called “Indigo” which is perfect if you want a moodier feel to your room. My mother is in the process of painting her living room a similar color…so stay tuned for the upcoming makeover!
Color Trend #4: Warm Red
As a surprise addition to the bold color trend, Benjamin Moore broke away from the blue and purple trends by choosing a very warm red called “Caliente” as their 2018 color of the year.
Did you notice? Another statement door!
They are showcasing it both as an accent color and as a way to immerse your room in color. The Hudson Bay blanket* on the bed above is the perfect accessory for a red room!
Sherwin Williams also included a bold red color appropriately named “Heartthrob” in their Unity color list (which is part of their 2018 paint color trends).
If you’re looking for something a little less orange, Benjamin Moore has quite a few other pink and red tones on their color palette for this year as well. One of their other selections like “Cherry Wine” may work better for you
Color Trend #5: Spa Green
Now that we’ve been through all of the bold colors, Behr’s choice for 2018 color of the year is a little more relaxed. “In the Moment” is a soothing blue-green color that would be great for a spa bathroom or restful bedroom.
It also looks great as an exterior paint color. (That’s statement door #4 in case you’re counting…definitely a home decor trend for this year!)
To add the same spa feel without the effort of painting the whole room, you could also go with some beautiful bedding.
Benjamin Moore’s 2018 color selections include a very similar color “Silver Marlin” that is a little lighter in tone and has the same spa-like feel.
Sherwin Williams also included a color in this range called “Billowy Breeze” that reminds me of being at the beach. How relaxing does this bedroom look?
Color Trend #6: Blue-Black
The last big trend for this year is all of the blacks! I could almost say that Black is the new Grey…not really since virtually all of the paint palettes for this year have some grey colors on them. But black is definitely showing up everywhere as a room color.
If you want to try this trend, but are a little nervous about going for it, read our tips on decorating a black room.
All of the PPG brands chose some shade of black as their color of the year, starting with “Black Flame”. It’s a combination of navy and black that adds a lot of depth to the space.
Olympic’s color choice for 2018 is a similar shade of black called Black Magic which has a little less blue in it.
If you don’t want to paint your whole room black, adding an interesting pattern like this on the walls may be the way to go! Which is what I did with the zebra stencil in my bathroom makeover.
Glidden’s selection for 2018 color of the year is Black Onyx, a straightforward black that has a little bit of brown in it. Black also looks great as an accent wall, in this case making the fireplace really stand out.
You’ll also find different shades of black included in pretty much all of the other paint brand’s 2018 color palettes as well, so you have lots of choices if you decide to take the plunge and paint a room black.
That’s it for this year’s color trend forecasts. Now I’m off to figure out if I need any more blue accessories for my living room 🙂
What do you think of the 2018 paint color trends? Do you have a favorite (or least favorite)? Tell us in the section below.