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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2016 Colors of the Year

It’s that time of year again when the colors of the year are announced and trend reports speculate on which exciting new products are on the horizon in various industries.   It’s always fun to anticipate what colors they think will be hot and trendy.


Benjamin Moore announced that their 2016 color of the year is Simply White, OC-117.  I have to admit I was quite surprised at this non color.   Benjamin Moore’s thought process was the timelessness and versatility of white.  Striking contrasts and bold lines can be created, allowing more of a focused palette.  Layered whites can create a subtle beauty and warm ambiance in a room.


Sherwin Williams then announced their pick for 2016 was Alabaster, SW 7008. The director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams states that the color represents spirituality, an oasis of calmness, and a relief that “less is more”.  Alabaster is not stark but rather an understated hue of white.  Alabaster is quite a switch from the SW color of 2015, Coral Reef, and clearly, I wonder what the paint companies are thinking in choosing these subtle tones.

With both of these neutrals, of course, any color of the spectrum can be incorporated into a color palette.


Finally, the Pantone Institute, which selects a color for all industries, has chosen the blending of two colors as their color of the year – Rose Quartz, 13-1520, and Serenity, 15-3919.  This is quite a change from the 2015 color of Marsala and previous bolder colors.  According to Pantone, Rose Quartz and Serenity joined together, “demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”



The sense of calmness and an oasis-like feeling seems to piggyback on the white tones selected by the two paint companies.  The thought is to bring feelings of respite and relaxation in turbulent times.


The initial reaction was that it felt like a gender reveal for twins!  It will be interesting where the home furnishings industry takes these two colors.  Let me know your thoughts!


2015 Color Trends

The 2015 colors of the year have been announced!

The Pantone color of the year is “Marsala.” This color is an earthy wine red which can be a grounded statement color when used on its own, or a strong accent color when paired with other colors. It’s a warm color with red-brown roots that emanates a natural earthiness. Some pairings include amber, umber and turquoise and teal tones.

You will see the “Marsala” color repeated throughout home décor, tabletop, fashion, cosmetics and more in 2015.

The Benjamin Moore 2015 color of the year is “Guilford Green.” This color is a pretty silvery green that works well with just about everything. Some of the suggested palettes from Benjamin Moore that incorporate Guilford Green are geared towards any style – from traditional to a beach theme to romantic. This green can be a great base almost as a neutral to many other accent colors, such as navy, deep plum, or salmon.

Sherwin Williams announced its color of the year as “Coral Reef.” It’s an uplifting hue that ties in red, orange and pink, and can work in almost any space. The color marketing department of the company selected this color based on their expectations that design will be more cheerful in the coming year. This color is also very versatile which allows it to be used in a variety of design styles, from contemporary to traditional or cottage. This color can be a dramatic accent in a black and white room, or as an accent wall in a cozy room.

What color will you choose for 2015?

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!