The Best Paint Colors of 2018
From muted neutrals to bold jewel tones, the year in interior paint colors heralded a spectrum of stunners
When Pantone announced that Ultra Violet would be their 2018 color of the year, we were torn. While we loved the bold homage to the Purple One, a.k.a. the late, great Prince, we had a hard time envisioning a purple takeover of a living room (no shade thrown at you, Pantone, we love your work!). On the other hand, many other standout hues made their mark this year, with trends ranging from rich and vibrant colors to more muted tones. Here are our favorite interior paint colors of 2018.
Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams
It’s not hard to see why Sherwin-Williams named the rich blue-meets-green Oceanside SW 6496 its 2018 Color of the Year. A modern take on teal, the marine-inspired color is surprisingly versatile, acting as a striking choice for an accent wall in a contemporary living room, a creativity-boosting hue in a home office, or a serene choice for a reading or meditation nook.
Courtesy of Benjamin Moore
Red might not be the first color to leap to mind when contemplating repainting one’s space, but we can’t get enough of Benjamin Moore’s Caliente AF 290. Why? It adds instant power to a room, whether used on one or all four walls. Red signifies confidence and passion, and this shade delivers while acting as a strong counterbalance to soft neutrals.
Courtesy of Valspar
Easy Being Green
Green is always an invigorating color to add to the home because of its connection to nature and the outdoors. We dig Valspar’s Favorite Green 5011-4, a deep and intriguing emerald-esque shade that works wonderfully in a small space such as an entryway or powder room, or used in a full room, for instance an ultra-modern kitchen.
Courtesy of Farrow & Ball
Just when you thought Millennial Pink had peaked, you come across a variation that makes you weak in the knees. Such was our fate upon discovering Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink, a muted rose that’s warm in all the right ways. It’s the perfect choice for a feminine yet modern bedroom color, or used as a variation on a neutral in a living room with gray or black accents.