My Top 3 Colors for 2018

This year’s Pantone color of the year was Ultra Violet a pretty color, but way too specific to truly become a trend. For 2018, Benjamin Moore picked Caliente, an oddly dated shade of red (and red is one of my favorite colors, so it takes a lot to turn me against it). Sherwin-Williams picked lovely shade of blue-green, called Oceanside, but I’m just not seeing a lot of products at market reflecting this deep, moody shade.

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As a designer, it’s my job to select colors for my clients that are both classic and on trend, so I don’t think any of predictions feel quite right for the times we live in. Things are turbulent, the world is changing, and I think people are craving colors that are familiar and comfortable.

So my number one color pick for 2018 is something we’ve been seeing a lot of over the last few years, but still feels fresh, and that’s gray, particularly deeper shades, from battleship to charcoal. Like a gray flannel coat, it’s a classic that always feels comfortable and chic. I like to call gray the trucemaker of colors, because you can pair it with any other color, and they always get along. Always.

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

Susan Greenleaf

Susan Greenleaf

Another color trend that seems unstoppable for 2018 is Millennial Pink (or as we non-millennials used to call it, Blush). This pretty pastel is almost a neutral, and even boys aren’t scared of it. Plus, like the title implies, millennials have fallen hard for this color, and they are the generation set to inherit the world, so I think it’s only fair to let them paint it the color they want.

Chloé Negrè

Chloé Negrè

via They All Hate Us

via They All Hate Us

Last, one thing everyone can agree on is love for the color blue. The truest blue of them all, is Cobalt and I've been seeing it a lot in design showrooms and on fashion runways. It’s definitely the most daring blue, unfamiliar enough to always catch your eye, and bright enough to make you smile when it does. Cobalt truly shines as secondary accent color, or if you’re bold enough, as a main course!

Amanda Nesbit

Amanda Nesbit

Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney

I'd love to hear your thoughts on 2018 color trends, and for more color inspiration, please visit my Pinterest page. 

Warmly, 

Beth