Colour trends: a sneak peek into 2018

in Design Trends

With 2017 on the way to its end, the world starts to think at what will be the trending colours for the year to come.

Read through to see the hues that some of the top paint suppliers have selected as their colour of the year 2018.

Akzo Nobel – Heart wood

Heart wood: a taupe colour with a touch of pink in it.

The choice of this hue has been inspired by the desire of feeling protected and relaxed at home, but Heart Wood is very versatile and can adapt to different moods according to the colours it is paired with. The combination with deep green results in a sophisticated ambiance. And pairing it with yellow is a joyful explosion!

Two kitchens. 1: deep green cabinets and walls painted in Heart Wood (2018 colour of the year by Akzo Nobel). 2: Heart Wood cabinets and yellow backsplash.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits : Dulux (opened in a new window/tab)

Behr – In the moment

In the moment: a soothing and calming blue-green.

Tying into the need of finding relaxation at home, In the moment can help to unwind and recharge after a long day. It creates a serene ambience, perfect to spend some quality time with the people we love.

Window seat in a classic home. The walls are painted with In the Moment (2018 colour of the year by Behr). To complete the seating area, white suspension lights and cushions in the tones of white and orange.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Behr (opened in a new window/tab)

Diamond Vogel – Atmospheric pressure

Atmospheric pressure: a reassuring pale light blue.

This colour was elected by customers who chose it among four hues that were proposed by Diamond Vogel in a survey. Once more, the concept behind Atmospheric pressure is the search for a soft colour, one that could be the background for restful moments at home.

The white of an armchair, a door and three wall frames, creates a peaceful contrast with the background wall, painted in Atmospheric Pressure (2018 colour of the year by Diamond Vogel).<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Diamond Vogel (opened in a new window/tab)

Kelly Moore Paints – Bahia Grass

Bahia Grass: a very muted shade of green.

Being so subtle, Bahia Grass colour does not take centre stage in the design of a room. Instead, it creates a timeless background that invites to play with furniture and accessories.

A living room and an entryway. All walls are painted in Bahia Grass (2018 colour of the year by Kelly Moore Paints). The rustic wooden seats, together with the colourful art pieces and the cushions set a rustic and playful style for both spaces.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Kelly Moore Paints (opened in a new window/tab)

Benjamin Moore, Caliente

Caliente: a bold and eye-catching red.

Don’t think at a primary red though. Caliente has been selected because it’s a warmer, more cuddling red, almost relaxing. It is definitely a colour that will make a statement in any interior, but the hyperactivity drawback of the primary hue is tamed in Caliente by its brownish undertone. The perfect choice to give new character to a dull space!

Dining area with back wall painted in Caliente (2018 colour of the year by Benjamin Moore). Brick wall on one side and white plain furniture.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Benjamin Moore (opened in a new window/tab)

Sherwin Williams - Oceanside

Oceanside: another blue-green, but refreshing and bright.

Definitely a lively choice, Oceanside pairs well with both modern and rustic interiors. In a modern home it would be perfect to give new life to a boring kitchen. On the backsplash to create a bold accent point or on the cabinet doors, paired with copper hardware. For a rustic ambience instead, it would look great combined with rattan furniture and cosy cushions.

Living/dining area. All walls painted in Oceanside (2018 colour of the year by Sherwin Williams), window frames in white. Neutral grey and wood furniture.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Sherwin Williams (opened in a new window/tab)

Dunn Edwards – The green hour

The green hour: a green with a touch of blue in it.

As explained by the company, The green hour gets its name from French history and in particular from the period when 5pm started to be named “l’heure verte” (the green hour). It was at 5pm, when the working day was over, that cafés started to fill up with people. And the most in trend beverage at that time was absinthe, that has, indeed, a characteristic green colour.

A red console table with gold accessories. The backgrounding wall is painted in The green hour (2018 colour of the year by Dunn Edwards).<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Dunn Edwards (opened in a new window/tab)

PPG paints – Black flame

Black flame: black. Yes, black is the 2018 go-to colour for PPG paints.

But what is interesting is the meaning that comes with this choice. Painting walls in black is like creating a thick curtain that separates the indoor from the outside, allowing the time at home to be undisturbed.

But Black flame is not just black. It has an indigo undertone that, as explained by the company, enriches with hope the mood of the space where it’s used.

Dining area with black furniture. Back wall painted in Black Flame (2018 colour of the year by PPG paints). The big artwork in the tones of green, yellow and black matches with the vases on the table.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: PPG Paints (opened in a new window/tab)

Some companies have chosen soothing colours, others bolder ones. But according to all these predictions, 2018 will give high value to the quality of the time we spend at home. What would you choose to make your home a sanctuary of relax?

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