I have to admit when Benjamin Moore announced their Color of the Year 2018, Caliente AF-290, I felt let down… After all, I’m not a fan of red walls.
Red Walls Aren’t My “Thing”
I’ve had a life long disdain for red, so the announcement of Caliente AF-290 as Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2018 was a cringe worthy moment for me. In fact, thinking about a year of highlighting the hue truly deflated my mood.
But that’s one of the many ways Benjamin Moore sets itself apart from the plethora of other paint companies. Rather than proclaim a singular Color of the Year, they scour the world looking for a complete trend of colors.
Color Trends 2018
Upon studying Benjamin Moore’s latest trends, I found a range of gorgeous colors that are easy to work with. As you learned in my last post, these trend colors are designed to work well with Caliente. Yet, if you’re like me and red walls aren’t your “thing”, I’ve got you covered.
Let’s first familiarize ourselves with the collection of 22 hues and then I’ll introduce you to six “renew or redo” palettes I created specifically for the readers of Your Life in Full Color.
You Say Tomato and I Say Tomahto
Describing color happens to be universally difficult because not everyone does so in the same manner. Because of this, I decided it would be helpful to know how a professional color consultant describes this year’s trend colors. The following graphic shows all 22 colors, with a description of each below.
- Golden Retriever / 2165-30 / deep goldenrod
- Deep Poinsettia / 2091-30 / warm rust
- Black Beauty / 2128-10 / ink black
- Dreamy Cloud / 2117-70 / pastel lilac gray
- Cherry Wine / 2080-30 / soft fuchsia
- Incense Stick / 2115-20 / bittersweet chocolate
- Excalibur Gray / 2118-50 / periwinkle gray
- Elk Horn / AF-105 / olive brown
- Wolf Gray / 2127-40 / slate gray
- Silver Marlin / 2139-50 / silver sage
- Smoked Oyster / 2109-40 / cool plum gray
- Texas Rose / 2092-40 / warm deep rose
- Saddle Soap / 2110-30 / warm umber
- Moonshine / pale gray green
- Sharkskin / 2139-30 / bronze green
- White Opulence / OC-69 / soft white with hint a pink
- Coastal Path / AF-380 / rich camel
- Pleasant Pink / 2094-60 / warm delicate pink
- Pea de Soie / AF-60 / pale pink muslin
- Cranberry Cocktail / 2083-20 / deep cranberry
- Stone / 2112-40 / deep lavender gray
- Carolina Gull / 2138-40 / soft pine
How to Use This Year’s Color Trends
A cursory glance at the colors tells you what a great collection they are, but do you know how to use them? After all, what good is a trend if you don’t know how to use it? “Renew or redo” palettes are meant to make adding more color to your home a snap.
Renew or Redo
My intent with these palettes was to give you an easy jumping off point from which to freshen up your home.
For those that aren’t ready for a full renovation, these colors can be used to renew your space. Take a few moments to see if one (or more) of the palettes resembles a color you’re already using in your home. Then look at the rest of that palette and determine how you might begin adding the other colors into your home. Voila! You’re now the proud owner of a renewed space that didn’t cost and arm and a leg to design.
If you’re planning a room or whole house redo these palettes will be simple to incorporate. Just determine your favorite of the six and take the palette into consideration with every interior finish selection.
Color Trend Palettes Created for Your Life in Full Color’s Readers
Winter Holiday is a soft monochromatic green gray palette with the lovely injection of cranberry. The colors remind me of favorite holiday’s past, but would be perfectly suitable any time of the year.
Who doesn’t love white chocolate?! Here you’ll find a shimmering white and medium chocolate paired with dusty rose and periwinkle. These are confectioners colors without being too sweet.
Pink’s With a Twist
I’ve never met a pink I didn’t love, let alone three. Then add in a brooding blue gray? This is the palette my dreams are made of!
Earth tone admirers will surely unite behind the beauty of this palette. Two soft neutrals paired with a rust and bronze green. It’s the perfect representation of a Fall New England landscape.
Bold & Beautiful
For those that enjoy using color in unexpected ways, this particular palette was conceived for you. Take one go with anything neutral and add in a soft black, gold, and fuchsia. This palette is for the extroverts out there that love to live with bold and beautiful color.
The Sweeter Side of Soft
This palette is the workhorse of those that love to surround themselves with layers of soft color. Imagine utilizing these colors in the form of paint, wallpaper, and textiles. These dreamy shades have uber relaxing qualities without being boring.
Who Needs Red Walls?
Well, there you have it. For every reader of Your Life in Full Color that dislikes red, you’ve been gifted six palettes from which to draw inspiration. Benjamin Moore’s Caliente has excited many in the design world but, for the rest of us, this years color trend collection is mighty fine.