How to Make 2018’s Colors of the Year Work for You

We’re barely into the new year, but 2018’s color trends have been making themselves known for the past few months. From an intense purple to a serene blue-green, paint companies and color experts have laid out the trends they predict are heading our way in the coming months. The real challenge here is making these bold hues work for you, and the best way to do that is by leaning on neutrals to both minimize their intensity as well as show them off!

Sherwin-Williams Oceanside

First up is Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year, a deep and moody shade called Oceanside. This blue feels reminiscent of seaside escapes and folklore art, equal parts accessible and elusive, and a great way to bring a sense of adventure into a space. Yet Oceanside also feels cocoon-like, safe and comforting, willing to work with both traditional and modern decor. Pair it with crisp white moldings or neutral textures like Luxe Surface’s Brignac in Maxim.


Benjamin Moore Caliente

It may not be possible to go any bolder than Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year – Caliente! If you want to let 2018 know who’s boss, look no further than this strong and radiant color that’s bursting with energy. Reds are difficult to ignore and can bring great depth to a space while showing off loads confidence and personality. This particular hue would pair exceptionally well with weathered woods and neutral greys. For a modern take on texture, have a look at Patty Madden’s Pravenzo.


PPG Black Flame

If dark and dramatic is what your decor loving heart desires, consider PPG Paints’ Paint Color of the Year, Black Flame. This may be the least surprising pick in this group, given the rising trend of black walls over the past year. A soft black and navy hue like this allows everything else within its presence to shine, acting as a backdrop and canvas. It brings a cozy sort of silence that allows the rest of the world to melt away. Look to partner Black Flame with blush pinks and other pastels for a hopeful effect, like Patty Madden’s Paeonia digital wallcovering.


Behr In the Moment

While a lot of color predictions for the year lean in the bold and dramatic direction, Behr’s 2018 Color of the Year is soft and understated in the form of a pale blue/green/grey called In the Moment . It’s a very serene, yet deep, color that could happily reside in just about any given space. The color is inspired by nature and tranquility, something many of us are looking to add more of to our lives as we strive to be more present and mindful. Pair In the Moment with light wood tones and deeper blues for the ultimate in relaxation, like Beretta in Florence.

Beretta in Florence

Pantone Ultra Violet

Last, but most certainly not least, is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet . A bold hue that brings to mind royalty, inventiveness, and imagination, this blue-based purple practically begs for artistic brilliance and creativity. And those who dare go there will no doubt find it in spades. To keep the drama level up without taking it over the top, pair Ultra Violet with a metallic-like neutral such as Calvato in Quartz.

Calvato Quartz

Check out all of Luxe Surface’s wallcoverings for on trend color choices and color pairings!

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