You’re Going to See These Color Trends Everywhere in 2018

Trends come and go; there’s no doubt about it. And new color trends, in particular? Well, those seem to pop up often enough. After all, it’s an easy way to totally transform your entire home or even just a single room. But enough of that. It’s time to get down to what are bound to be the most popular color trends of 2018. We’ll also take a look at the worst colors to use in your home.


Benjamin Moore Caliente red paint

Choose a bold red shade for a spicy kitchen. | Benjamin Moore via YouTube

“Strong, radiant and full of energy,” Caliente AF-290 is Benjamin Moore’s pick for the year. And there’s no question this radiant red will give your home a bold new look.

“Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door,” Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co. said. “The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.”

Next: This is Behr’s color of the year.

In The Moment

Behr In The Moment blue green paint kitchen

Behr’s shade is much more tranquil. | Behr

Behr’s color of the year is a touch cooler than Benjamin Moore’s. And the name says it all. A mixture of blue, grey, and green, In The Moment is everything you’d hope it to be and more: soothing, relaxing, and tranquil. “In name and color, this hue speaks to our desire to take a break, be present and recharge,” according to Behr’s website.

Next: This bold choice is apparently ready to step into the spotlight.

Ultra Violet

Bedroom with purple bed, walls and lamps

Purple is a power color. | archideaphoto/iStock/Getty Images

It looks like understated is out, and bold is in — at least according to Pantone Color Institute. This year, the pros at Pantone have pegged a certain shade of purple as the one paint color that will be taking a powerful step into the spotlight. And the winner? Ultra Violet. Love it or hate it, this bold color will certainly warrant some kind of reaction from anyone who steps foot in an Ultra Violet-clad room.

Next: A warm and inviting hue is another color of the year choice.


Sherwin-Williams Oceanside Blue paint

Use it for a pop of color or all over. | Sherwin-Williams

A warm and inviting hue, Oceanside is Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 color of the year. And it’s anything but your basic blue. Turns out, this color has a variety of applications inside the home.

“Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door,” the website reads. “Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.”

With this color, the sky’s the limit.

Next: Don’t let this company’s wallpaper history fool you.


Graham Brown soft pink paint shade Penelope

It’s an irresistibly elegant shade. | Graham Brown

Graham & Brown may have its roots in wallpaper, but don’t let that fool you. The company does far more than patterned looks alone. For the first time, Graham & Brown has released a color of the year. And clearly, the company hasn’t forgotten where it all began: wallpaper.

“Born from our Wallpaper of the Year 2018, Pierre, our Colour of the Year had to mirror the feminine elements of this wallpaper whilst remaining a strong shade if used independently,” the website says. And nothing says stronger than a solid shade of pink. Blending in peach undertones, Penelope is a soft, subtle, and impossibly elegant shade of pink everyone will be itching to get their hands on.

Next: Get ready for a bold statement color.

Black as a statement color

Dark bedroom with black accent wall

Don’t be intimidated by dark shades. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Black may be intimidating, but apparently, it’s coming back in a big way. And according to Trendir, a design and trends website, we shouldn’t be scared of it. “As the 2018 interior design trends are quickly being revealed, we have come to the conclusion that black is coming back with a vengeance and it is the IT color for 2018,” the website proclaims. “The color black is being used beyond furniture items this 2018.”

How so? Turns out, the color just may be popping up in more places than any other color this year. Popular applications range from all black walls and floors to kitchen cabinets and chandeliers. So, take your pick, and have at it.

Next: This is a more safe choice, with a classic look.

Metallics as neutrals

White and gold apartment desk and living room

Metallic can act as a neutral if you style it correctly. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Yet another color trend that’s on the rise, metallics are moving into more neutral shades. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute executive director, metallics are a classic, and people cannot stay — or look — away from iridescence.

Next: These are the worst paint colors for inside your home.

Zillow recently analyzed photos of more than 32,000 sold homes, and found those with rooms painted in certain colors tended to drag down a home’s selling price. Let’s take a quick look at the colors you might want to think twice about using throughout the house, and how much they’ll cost you.

Yellow in the kitchen

Portrait of a young woman in yellow dress with spring flowers and white decoration letters

Buyers don’t have a sunny disposition about yellow. |

What a difference a year makes. In 2016, buyers loved soft yellow kitchens. Now, they’re saying “no thanks.” Homes with straw- or marigold-colored kitchens sold for $820 less than other homes.

Yellow can be a tricky color to get right when it comes to your home’s interior. While a “buttery” yellow can be cheerful, noted House Beautiful, go too bright and it can be overpowering (not to mention anxiety-inducing).

Next: This seemingly safe choice just might be too generic.

White in the bathroom

Scandinavian bathroom

A white bathroom is boring. |

A neutral off-white or eggshell might seem like the perfect choice for a bathroom, but buyers disagree. A coat of this generic paint on the walls could lower your home’s selling price by more than $4,000, according to Zillow.

Some people might choose off-white for a bathroom because they think it can make a small room look bigger. But that’s a mistake, noted designer Emily Henderson. White walls can make a room look “dead” and “flat,” especially if the space is lacking in natural light.

Next: This is a popular choice in the bedroom, but be careful.

Pink in the bedroom

Many glasses of rose wine at wine tasting

People are tired of trendy pinks. | Molchanova

The light pink or antique rose shade often found in kids’ bedrooms don’t resonate with buyers. Homes with bedrooms painted these colors sold for $208 less than those with white walls. That might surprise sellers because various shades of pink — often dubbed “millennial pink” — have been having a moment lately. It could be that people are getting sick of the trendy color.

Next: This color in the dining room can cost you over $2,000 in value.

Terracotta in the dining room

terracotta pots

Reds and oranges are too much for most buyers. |

It’s not quite as jarring as traffic cone orange, but even a more muted terracotta shade could depress your home’s selling price. Homes with dining rooms painted the same shade as an inexpensive flower pot sold for $2,031 less than those with white walls. Buyers also didn’t like brick red and copper red dining rooms.

The negative reaction to these colors isn’t too surprising. Orange is one of the least-liked colors in the world, while red is associated with aggression.

Next: These common colors might not be best in the living room.

Gray-blue in the living room

living room

Buyers found a room where they didn’t like blue. |

Blue ruled in 2017, according to Zillow, but there was one room where it wasn’t a hit for some reason. Buyers were lukewarm on living rooms decorated with light blue, periwinkle, pastel gray, or pale silver walls. In fact, it could shave $820 off your home’s selling price.

Additional reporting by Megan Elliott.

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