Sherwin-Williams 2018 Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams has announced its 2018 color of the year and it is being met with a lot of enthusiasm.  It is both rich and dramatic, and I love it!  It brings together a beautiful balance of green and blue and can be used in a variety of settings, depending on the mood.

In a home office, it can inspire creative thinking, while in a bedroom can invite meditation and calm.

This color, Oceanside, can be universally used across many design styles, including mid-century modern, contemporary, transitional, to traditional.  It can also pair well with yellow, bright pink, pale blue, and gray.

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Blue, Blue, My World is Blue

Who remembers this famous song back from the 1960’s? Oh well, now I am dating myself.


That is what came to my mind color-wise when I was at the gift and home furnishings show yesterday at the Javits Center in NY. Blue is the color of the moment.


I was taken by the glamorous vignettes displayed by Bungalow 5, Worlds Away, and Jonathan Adler and wanted to share some of their beautiful furnishings.  Which piece do you like best for your home?

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Benjamin Moore 2017 Color of the Year

There is a lot of excitement for this bold color, which has undertones of purple and gray and can set the tone for a dramatic room.  Imagine this in a powder room, which would evoke elegance and coziness.  Or as an accent wall in a foyer or living room.  Pair this color with silver or gray tones for a truly elegant look.


2017 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams announced its 2017 Color of the Year as “Poised Taupe”. This is a neutral indicating a move away from gray but can work together nicely with gray and brown tones.  This color is considered a safe color and needs some punch when used as a background.  How about black or purple as an accent?


Soon the other paint companies as well as Pantone will be announcing their 2017 Color of the Year selections. That is something I always anticipate with excitement.




You’re ready to paint?

So you’ve booked a painter, what’s next?


You have a painter booked and you can’t wait to get color on your sterile builder white walls.  Or, refresh your old tired color.  You go to a paint store to look at a fan deck of colors or maybe your painter left you his paint deck.  Now you select a few, you get some small sample jars, and you throw them up on the wall.


All of a sudden, the tiny square samples in the deck that all looked like the same beige now seem to have morphed into colors of their own.  One color seems to go with your carpeting, and another looks better with your tile.  Yet another might work with your sofa.  Now what?!


That is the time to call in a color consultant to ensure you get the correct colors on your walls.  Color consultants are familiar with the tints and undertones of almost every color.  They can guide you to the best possible, and many times, unexpected and interesting color choices that will give you a totally new look.


I recommend setting your color appointment at least a few weeks before the painter starts. This will greatly reduce your anxiety in selecting your color as well as giving you time to process the newly-anticipated color.


Because, before you know it, your painter will be giving you a start date and will need your color selections.


Happy painting!