COLORS OF THE YEAR: How To Use Them At Home
Ultra Violet paints, and crystals

COLORS OF THE YEAR: How To Use Them At Home

The big reveal of Pantone’s Color of the Year has been a highly anticipated event for designers and homeowners.  We love discovering why each color was selected  trying different ways to use it at home.  Should we paint walls with it?  Should we cover sofas in it?  How much is too much?  But at least back then, we only had one color to try to work into our décor.  Today, every paint company and color group is jumping on the bandwagon, clamoring for our attention, and hoping we’ll choose them.  With so many “Colors of the Year”, we find ourselves in a dilemma of how to use them at home.  Let’s take a look at the colors presented for this year, and then you decide which ones will work for you.

This year Ultra Violet is Pantone’s color for 2018 They describe it as “inventive and imaginative, lighting the way to what is yet to come.”  Symbolizing experimentation and non-conformity we’re told it spurs us to imagine our unique mark on the world and push boundaries through creative outlets.  Hmmm…I’m not so sure that’s what I feel when I look at Ultra Violet.  What about you?

I tend to look at its historical meaning of mysticism and spiritual quality.  This is a majestic color reminding us of royalty and power.  And don’t forget that it’s the birthstone for February!

Pinterest has their own List of 100 that reflect the top pins trending for the year.  And this year their headline reads: Sage Is Going To Be the Hottest Color In 2018.

People are becoming obsessed with this “new neutral.”

With a 170% increase in saves for “sage” decor —it’s easy to see why. This greyish green hue is a soft, muted color that’s easy to decorate with, but doesn’t veer into boring or predictable territory, hence why it’s being dubbed a new neutral.

What I’m discovering is that sage paint colors are easy to find.  What hasn’t hit the home décor market yet is a good selection of sage fabrics for window treatments, pillows, and furniture.  Some are too blue and others are too grassy green.  Your best option will be to choose a design that has a bit of sage as an accent color.

Sherwin Williams has crowned Oceanside(SW 6496) as their color of the year.  To me, it bridges together a harmonious balance of rich blue and jewel-toned green.

While blue is the most loved color worldwide, it evokes many moods and associations depending on the hue, the shade, and how we use it.  Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest, and powerful.

Because Oceanside is so multi-dimensional, this marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement for a front door. 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.

Even Joanna Gaines has her own take on Oceanside (Weekend Blue) with her new collection of paints and wallcoverings produced for her company Magnolia Market.

Photo courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

Benjamin Moore has taken the opposite approach to their Color of the Year…Caliente (AF 290).  It’s strong, fresh and full of energy!  “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. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.  –Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.-

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore

The Color Marketing Group (CMG) offers us their twist on color for 2018.  What I like is that they’ve expanded these colors into lifestyle groupings, giving us more options to find the perfect color for our homes. 




Photos courtesy of CMG Color Alert

When it comes to selecting colors for your home, the most important “design rule”  to remember is that color is personal.  It needs to suit your personality and lifestyle.  But most importantly, the colors you use at home need to flow from room to room. 

Your Design Assignment:

  1. Do any of the Colors of the Year appeal to you?
  2. Can you see yourself using them in your home?
  3. Make a list of ways you can use one or two of these colors in your home. If change isn’t easy for you, start with accessories that are inexpensive and can be easily changed if you tire of it.

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