2018 Color Forecasts

2018 Color Forecasts

By: Laken Taylor

Keeping up with the trends has always been a fun past time for me and color seems to be at the top of the innovative design trends in the past few years. Color can often make so much of a difference that Zillow’s 2017 Paint Colors Analysis study discovered that homes with blue bathrooms generally sold for $5,400 more than expected. Behr also did a survey to discover which paint color was most popular based on your state. Indiana Hoosiers love Old Amethyst, a soft grey blue.

The psychology of color and how we use certain paint colors to inspire different moods or even boost productivity is a great tool to have as an Interior Designer. As 2017 comes to a close, we see that some pretty notable colors shaped the year. From the trendy Millennial Pink to the Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, we see that color is only getting bolder and brighter, and we have officially embraced the clash of colors, patterns, and textures.

Looking forward to 2018, we are already seeing color forecasting and predictions. Pantone, the world’s leading color experts and acknowledged creators of “Color of the Year” have predicted that next year will be BOLD. “Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. She condensed the color trends into eight groups, one of which is called TECH-nique, a palette that supposedly pays homage to technology. Colors include bright blue, green, fuchsia, and purple, which are complemented by iridescent tones of turquoise and hot pink, white, and frosted almond. Sherwin Williams 2018 Color Mix Forecast also shares this bold color prediction. They have condensed the color trends into three groups, Sincerity, Unity, and Connectivity, each focused around community.  Like Pantone, Sherwin Williams has their Connectivity palette, “this high-tech palette is pixelated in orange, violets, digital greens and high-def yellow.”

PANTONEVIEW Home + Interiors 2018 book with eight key color stories for the coming year, including TECH-nique, a mix of vibrant and iridescent hues.| Pantone

Even though Pantone has not yet declared their official Colors of the Year, which we will see in December, we have seen announcements from other large paint companies. Sherwin Williams has announced their Color of the Year for 2018 to be Oceanside, “a complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.”

Sherwin- Williams, Oceanside SW6496

Behr, In the Moment, T18-15

Behr Paint has announced their first ever Color of the Year to be In the Moment a “cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative, coalescence of blue, gray and green.” PPG announced their 2018 Color of the Year is Black Flame. Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, says “it’s a fantastic blend of black and indigo, two classic hues. Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the indigo offers possibility and a deep hopefulness. The blend of two colors makes it incredibly versatile – use it on a statement wall, with a matte finish on a ceiling, with high gloss on a naturally-lit staircase, on cabinets, interior and exterior doors and in many more places. The versatile hue can also provide strength and a modern luxe vibe to spaces with a lot of whites, blush pinks and soft pastels.” Olympic Paint has announced Black Magic as their Color of the Year and Glidden’s 2018 Color of the Year is Deep Onyx.  We can see just how similar these black hues are each able to add volume and presence to a space.

PPG, Black Flame                                                                                     

Olympic, Black Magic

Glidden, Deep Onyx 

No matter the color, 2018 will be the brightest, boldest year yet! Expect to see many deep blacks with indigo undertones and bold blues. I personally cannot wait to see what becomes of these colors and how many great designers will utilize them!

Check out these color forecasts below:

Pantone: https://www.pantone.com/pantoneview-home-interiors-2018-book

Sherwin Williams: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/color-forecast/2018-color-forecast/2018-color-of-the-year-oceanside

PPG: http://corporate.ppg.com/Media/Newsroom/2017/06-12-2017-PPG-PAINTS-brand-unveils-2018-Color-o

Olympic: http://www.olympic.com/inspiration/articles/2018-color-of-the-year

Glidden: https://www.glidden.com/colors/grey-charcoal/deep-onyx

Behr: http://www.behr.com/consumer/inspiration/2018-color-trends


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