Making the Most of Color Trends

Making the Most of Color Trends

With 2018 right around the corner means a new color of the year. Every year top color institutes such as Pantone and the largest paint manufacturers create forecasts on what will be the main colors. While Pantone hasn't announced their color of the year for 2018 they have made predictions about color trends for the upcoming year. Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eisemen, shared at the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago that there will be a shift moving away from pastels to vibrant and intense colors. While metallics and iridescent tones will remain on trend. Other color sources such as Sherwin Williams have announced there 2018 Color of the Year, which is Oceanside a mix of deep rich blue and jewel-tone green. Other key colors that Sherwin Williams paired with Oceanside include the bright Exuberant Pink and Honey Bees or the relaxing In the Navy or Adrift. While Benjamin Moore's 2018 Color of the Year is Caliente a strong, radiant and vibrant shade of red. Caliente is paired with color palette includes rich deep reds like Cranberry Cocktail, soft iridescent tones like Peau de Soie and muted greens/browns/grays like Carolina Gull and Smoked Oyster. If you want to capture these trending colors in your space follow these three easy ways to refresh and revive your decorating without having to completely redo your interior!

Sherwin Williams 2018 color of year, oceanside, and other key colors

Color source Sherwin Williams website


Benjamin Moore 2018 color of the year, Cliente, and other key colors

Color source Benjamin Moore website


1. Neutral Zone

If you are afraid committing to putting bold hues onto your walls, then neutral paint is the perfect way to color your home beautiful without living in fear. In lieu of stiff and stark, today’s neutrals come in classic and warm tones creating the perfect backdrop to transform your home. There is an added bonus catering to the mind-changers and seasonal swappers. A neutral backdrop allows you to sprinkle in new colors as much or little as you feel necessary.

Neutral bedroom with yellow accent pillows 

2. Accents Make It More Interesting

Whether you like plenty of color on your walls, or prefer a more neutral backdrop, there is no easier way to spice up your décor than with accent pieces.

Rugs and runners are the perfect place to infuse color in a room because they are not directly at eye level. Try layering a colorful piece over your existing, neutral rug.

Lamps, pillows, and other accessories are all easy ways to make your rooms pop. Colored throws over the back of the sofa, a tray casually set on a chair, or scattered pillows can all introduce a variety of hues into your favorite spaces. Try using an accent color in several places around the room.

Living room with blue accent rug

Living room with yellow and blue accent decor

3. Added Dimensions

Don’t be afraid to mix different colors, textures and finishes into your space. Patterns, florals, geometrics, velvet, toile and burlap offer exciting possibilities with almost limitless combinations to put your personal stamp on truly livable and lasting color in your home.

Bedroom with yellow and blue decor, patterned pillows, and watercolor wall art



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