Riot of Color


Riot of ColorAnd the 2018 Color of the Year is . . . . well, it depends on who you ask. While different color experts and paint companies each choose their own Color of the Year, they agree that it’s time to color outside the lines with vibrant hues.

The Pantone Color Institute, the expert on all things color, has named Ultra Violet as its Color of the Year. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. Enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. 

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. 

Sherwin Williams has named Oceanside as its Color of the Year. The rich shade of blue, coupled with jewel-toned green, evokes a multitude of moods and associations.

Oceanside’s marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement, and it makes a lively color for a front door. The green-meets-blue tone can boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office or invite meditation and introspection in a bedroom or reading nook. Because of its timeless association with nature, the color pairs well with other blues as well as corals and copper metallic tones. 

Benjamin Moore has selected Caliente, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red, as its Color of the Year. Caliente can make a bold statement in lush carpeting or as a backdrop in a book-lined library. The color can make a powerful first impression on a glossy front door as well.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente is total confidence,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like red-carpet treatment. It goes well with whites, neutrals and complementary bold hues.” 

According to Glidden by PPG, it’s time to go back to the basics with the most forgotten neutral of all – black. Glidden has named Deep Onyx, a no-fuss shade of black, as its Color of the Year.

“Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your décor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that’s trending for 2018,” says Misty Yeomans, PPG color marketing manager. “Black can be overlooked as a neutral color, but it works well as an accent wall or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim and cabinets. It complements primary reds and blues, earthy browns and greens, whites, yellows and pinks with coral or peach tones.”

However, those who prefer more subdued tones can keep up with the latest trends as well. Behr has announced that its first ever Color of the Year is In The Moment, a soothing mix of blue, gray and green. Versatile and neutral, this shade offers a serene backdrop to spaces where people go to unwind and recharge.

“In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr vice president of color and creative services. “Spruce blue, soft gray and lush green coalesce into a fresh shade that evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives. It pairs well with other subdued colors to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”