Why I've Ignored 2018's Colors of the Year Paint Company Photos

Color of the Year

Ok, so it’s May and I am just getting around to talking about this. Every year as we near the winter holidays there are major announcements proclaiming what will be the Color of the Year. It predicts what color will be on trend the following year and how you will see it everywhere. So the rush to unveil the colors is everywhere. Fashion runways, home furnishings, accessories – nothing is untouched with the blessed color and there is much fanfare.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Pantone Ultra Volet 18-3838

My first introduction to the term “color of the year” was through the Pantone Company.  Pantone is a world renowned authority on color trends. They are hired by major companies for forecasting colors for product design, graphic design, and fashions.  The Pantone choice for 2018 is Ultraviolet.Executive director, Leatrice Eiseman says that ultra violet lights the way for what is to come: exploring galaxies, newer technologies and artistic expressions to name a few.

Ben Moore 2018 color of the year

Caliente  AF- 290 from Benjamin Moore

Just when I thought that I had direction as to what was the hot new “color of the year,” paint companies started getting in lock step with the trend. Pantone’s big reveal of what colors are trending happens in December.  Not to be outdone, Benjamin Moore announces its color of the year. But guess what? Their announcement is in October. This year’s choice from Benjamin Moore is Caliente 

  Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams Oceanside SW 6496

Though they are all very different the one thing that I noticed with these three colors is how deep and rich they are.  Sherwin Williams chose Oceanside as the 2018 Color of the year. Look at the jewel toned nature of these colors.  That gives me a clue that saturated colors are back.  Rich colors that jump out at you, not just a backdrop.

Behr Paints 2018 Color In the Moment

Behr “In The Moment”  T – 1815

Every company jumps the shark, so to speak.  They want to be first.  They want to be different.  That is we should ignore the trend for the most part.  The trends will come and go.  But we live with the colors that we love and won’t tire of easily.  You love red?  Make it yours. Blue green reminds you of your favorite ocean side vacation?  Go for it.  But most of us are going to splash the color of  the year (of any one of these paint companies) here and there around our home in the form of accessories like pillows and other home decor items.

Have fun and embrace what works for you in paint colors.  You can paint again, but would you want to redo your whole house?  So my advice is to schedule a consultation with a certified true color expert.  At Mary Etta Designs, color is one of our favorite consultations. Schedule an appointment with us today.

“In the Moment” is one of 20 colors in their trends chart.  And all of the other paint companies did the same thing.  So while it was fun for a while, I am back to be the best interior decorator that you need by addressing colors that work with your home’s decor.  Want a color of the year?  Unless it is one you won’t get bored with I suggest using that color in disposable accessories like pillows, vases, and throws.


Color Forecasting

Color of the Year Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018

And finally, you should know that Trend Forecasting is part of a bigger picture.  As you can seen by t his partial view of Pantone’s Trend Forecast in fashion for Spring of this year, Ultra Violet is part of the mix.  We are not all drawn to one color in anything.

So, yep.  I’ve purposely ignored the trend because good design takes more than just one color into consideration.  There will be several layers of colors to consider when you design.  Even neutrals will vary to keep a room from looking too blah. Contact Mary Etta Designs for a Color Consultation in your home or office.  We can help you stay on trend without boxing you in to one color of the year.


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