12 Trending Paint Colors for 2018

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One of the best things about owning your own home, is the fact you can make it your own without worrying about apartment management or your landlord.

There’s nothing better than moving into your new place and outing your signature on the walls with a fresh coat of paint. In fact, many people find that the hardest part of the project is just choosing the right color. Never fear. We’re here to help!
As we hit the half-way point of 2018, we’re taking a look at the colors that have been most popular so far this year. While some color trends are monochromatic and blah, this year’s hot hues have something for everyone. Check out these options to discover which ones will truly make your home YOUR home.

Subtle and Soothing

These lighter colors aren’t your grandma’s pastels or baby bootie blue. No, these are sophisticated, dusty shades that serve as a beautiful backdrop to nearly any room.
  • Blush: Sometimes called Millennial Pink, this conjures up the thought of a matte rose gold. Rest assured, it’s not a bubble-gum pink or hot-hued magenta, but actually a calm shade that will appeal to a wide range of people.
  • Sage: Featuring a perfect blend of blue and green, this color is a new neutral. Variations on sage include sea foam or olive, depending on your personal preferences.
  • Dusk: Blue is a perennial favorite of decorators. This version is a lovely relaxing tone that looks like elegant denim or the ocean on a starry night.
  • Greige: A combination of gray and beige, this neutral straddles the divide of warm and cool colors. Use it alone or as an accent with a bolder paint.

Bold and Bright

  • Yellow: We’re seeing several different yellows trending, from bright and sunny to a deep, rich marigold tone. This groovy color can evoke a ‘70s vibe or be used sparingly for a fresh take on today’s gold.
  • Ultra Violet: The 2018 Pantone® color of the year is vivid, energizing and fun. While it’s most often used in smaller rooms, bold decorators may choose to use a bright violet shade in a larger room—on one wall, the ceiling or all four walls.
  • Deep Turquoise: A cross between a deep turquoise and ocean blue conveys a peaceful and happy mood. Transform your walls into a sea of tranquility when choosing this hue.
  • Bright White: Although white can come across as bland, painting an entire room (including trim and cabinetry) in this color establishes a sophisticated monotone look or serves as a backdrop for bright pops of color.

Dark and Deep

  • Emerald: A forest green or rich emerald is a stabilizing color for a room. Whether used on the floor, walls or cabinets, deep green is a bold choice.
  • Crimson: A vibrant, intense red is a powerful option for a variety of rooms. While some people hesitate to put such a brilliant color on their walls, it’s not as intimidating as it seems. And remember, paint is an inexpensive way to experiment with a new look.
  • Black: Ranging from a black with slight blue undertones to those that are a deep onyx, this color makes a statement. Traditionalists have avoided using black due to a fear of making a room look closed-in, but the reality is that it can actually have the opposite effect.
  • Autumn Maple: The lightest of our “dark” color choices, this warm tone has been a perpetually popular stain for cabinets and trim, but now we’re also seeing it as a go-to paint option.

Putting Paint to Work

One thing I’ve learned when watching decorating shows is that paint can transform much more than just the walls. Consider using trendy paint colors in unexpected places including ceilings, cabinets, furniture, light fixtures and decorative items.
For small items, a can of spray paint works best, while a roller or brush is most effective for trim or medium-sized areas. If you have a large coverage area, consider buying or renting a hand-held paint sprayer—this can be the fastest way to finish your project and achieve that satisfying new paint smell in your home.
One final suggestion. It’s smart to test the color on a small section of a wall or on a hidden spot on the furniture you want to paint and leave it there for at least 24 hours. This will let you see how the color looks in both natural and artificial light. You can then adjust the paint’s depth or tone to fit your needs.
Happy painting!
- By Lauren Burrus , Jul 09, 2018