Four Color Trends to Watch in 2018

Behr's 2018 Color Trends

Behr's 2018 Color Trends


By now, most homeowners know how important color is to the overall look, feel, and style of your home. The predominant colors can impact, soften, and even outright change the mood of the inhabitants of a room.

Fortunately, it’s easy to change or refine your home’s color palette. Paint is relatively inexpensive, and you don’t even need to paint all four walls in a room to inject a new hue into its decor.

Are you planning a paint makeover for a room in your home next year? Consider boosting your home’s on-trend factor by implementing any of these color design trends. We think you’ll be seeing a lot of them next year.

1. Intense Over Soft

Well-known color space company Pantone has picked eight palettes it thinks will dominate home decor in 2018, emphasizing the allure of bold, intense colors.

One of Behr’s chosen trendy palettes also focuses on bold and beautiful tones. From a bright yet deep blue to a nearly saffron yellow, these shades would work beautifully together or on their own, perhaps on a single accent wall to avoid overpowering the room itself.

These shades aren’t for shy, retiring types … or maybe they are! After all, home decor color palettes are a safe, fun way to explore different sides to your personality. Experiment with bold, intense shades on your walls and in accent pieces to see what you think. If it doesn’t work for you, you can always change it later with a minimum of expense and effort.

2. Energizing Yellows and Oranges

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Yellows and oranges help energize and pump up the volume of any room. If you want to feel awake, alive, and alert, sunny yellows and citrusy orange tones can help.

However, these colors can also be a bit overwhelming. You may not want an entire room covered in bright yellow or orange paint. Additionally, they’re not always flattering to every human complexion, or design scheme for that matter.

Instead, try using bright sunny colors like lemon and saffron in more controlled, concentrated ways to add a small pop of color in a room. Use paint to freshen up a piece of wood furniture, or integrate these bright sunny shades in accent pieces such as throw pillows, rugs, and artwork.

3. Bold, Fresh Combinations

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Leave the boring tone-on-tone, “soft grey and white trim” combos in 2017. Step outside your color-wheel comfort zone by pairing hues you wouldn’t otherwise consider.

For example, chocolate brown and a stormy dark grey might strike you as a bad combination initially. But in practice, it can absolutely work, if you choose the right specific shades and use them in an appropriate design scheme. The same is true of navy blue with a pale, grown-up pink.

If you’re not sure whether a specific combo would look good on your walls, buy a flat piece of plywood that’s at least a few feet square and use it as a test canvas. Most paint stores will sell you small quantities of any shade they offer for testing purposes.

4. Go Royal With Regal Purple and Bright Blues

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Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet, a deep, inspirational shade of purple that brings to mind the creativity of musician Prince, sumptuous royal robes, and deep twilight skies. In announcing its choice, Pantone had this to say:

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

2018 include notable purples and blues, as well. Shades range from the light and lively to the dark and mystical. Darker blues and purples are beautiful choices to add a touch of the dramatic and mysterious to your walls. On the other hand, lighter shades of blue and purple are perfect when you want to create a more relaxing, restorative environment, such as a bedroom.

Where Will You Use Color in 2018?

Color can change so much about your home -- not just its look, but the mood, vibe, and even the way you use a space.

If you’re ready to recharge and revitalize your home with color in 2018, why not give us a call? We’ll be happy to consult with you on your painting and design projects.