2018 Color Forecast: A Bold New Year for Colors

2018 is here and all bets are in. Top color design companies announced what to look out for in the coming year. With Pantone’s “Ultra Violet,” Sherwin Williams’ “Oceanside,” and Benjamin Moore’s “Caliente,” we are looking at a bold new year for colors.

Pantone: “Ultra Violet”

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.
Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”
– Pantone

Sherwin Williams: “Oceanside”

“A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.
The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.
Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively colo
r 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.”
– Sherwin Williams 

Benjamin Moore: “Caliente”

“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. Harness the vitality.” 
—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

2018 Predictions: Upcoming Home Design Trends

Last month, we gave your our top trends from 2017. Now that 2018 has arrived, let’s take a look at some trend predictions. We have some comebacks, come-ups and came-outta-nowheres for you. What are your predictions for 2018?

Floral Wall Patterns

These high-contrast designs can turn any room into a work of art. Floral patterns can range from simple to extravagant, but size is definitely on the rise. Expect bigger bouquets in 2018.


If grandiose floral arrangements aren’t your style, you might want to consider concrete as a material when building a space or seeking an accent. This relatively inexpensive material is vital to those seeking a modern or industrial feel. It’s also perfect for countertops.

Bar Carts

Let’s face it. We could all use a drink sometimes. The best way to serve up a drink in style? Try a bar cart. These handy stations are great when hosting guests. They also come in pretty much any style you can imagine, so expect to see more of these versatile pieces in 2018. 

Black Stainless Appliances

It’s 2018. We live in a world where your oven, fridge and thermostat can all be controlled from your phone. As more of our appliances go “smart,” they need the looks to match. Enter matte and stainless black. These appliances are stain and smudge-resistant and ideal for the modern home. 

3D Wall Designs

It’s time to consider adding a new dimension to your home… literally. Traditional tiling patterns are on their way out, making room for these amazingly erratic designs. Calling all those who don’t like coloring between the lines.

Industry Ed with Richard: Looking Back on 2017

I love writing these newsletters because it lets me share my ideas and inspirations with you all. 
In case you missed them, here are my top blog posts from the year. 

Thank you all for a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store!