These 2018 Color of the Year Predictions Are as Bold as Can Be

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Lauren Smith

Jun 15, 2017

In 2016, Simply White and Alabaster White were the hue of the moment. Then in 2017, we saw a shift to darker neutrals, like Poised Taupe and Mushroom. So it’s only fitting that for 2018 people predict even deeper and bolder colors are going to be all the rage.

One of the first paint companies to release their prediction is PPG Paints, who named Black Flame (PPG1043-7) their new “it” shade. They describe it as an “unprecedented, statement-making black with deep tones of indigo.” So … Black Flame is the new black? They also claim it reflects the rebirth of classic black and evokes feelings of privacy, hope and classic modernism. It kind of reminds us of Benjamin Moore’s Shadow from last year, to be honest.

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Meanwhile, Glidden Paint calls out Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000), which they describe as a no-fuss shade of black that encourages a “less is more” approach to decor. It almost has a chalkboard-like look to it, which is why it doesn’t feel too harsh when seen on walls and the floor. Just make sure you pair this color with light furnishings, as seen here with natural wood chairs and a white statement lamp.


As for Olympic Paints & Stains, they say to watch out for Black Magic (OL116), which “brings an airy and soft space down to Earth.” They also claim it’s the perfect mix of masculine and feminine, and when paired with a copper pendant light and white trim, we totally see it.

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While white and neutrals are certainly safer, we’re thrilled paint companies are encouraging people to take bolder risks with their walls. And even though these rooms show floor-to-ceiling coverage, you can just as easily embrace this trend by using pops of this hue versus coating an entire room in it.

But you won’t only see dark hues on walls in 2018. Sherwin Williams predicts next year will all be about three bright color palettes, which they dubbed Affinity (blue, fuchsia and brown), Connectivity (blue, green and high-def yellow) and Sincerity (neutrals, green and pink). All of these combinations are surprising (a thumb’s up in our book) and guaranteed to pack serious happiness into a room.

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