2018 Colors of the Year

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy – and RED HOT!

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is Sherwin-Williams pick for 2018 Color of the Year. 

 PPG Paints,  named Black Flame (PPG1043-7) their new "it" shade. They describe it as an "unprecedented, statement-making black with deep tones of indigo." 

Meanwhile, Glidden Paint has selected Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000), which they describe as a no-fuss shade of black that encourages a "less is more" approach to decor.

Fifty Shades of Green (and Brown and Gray!)

While on a walk in Swallow Falls in western Maryland, we were inspired by the beautiful colors in nature that were surrounding us.  After taking numerous pictures, we immediately went to our trusty Sherwin-Williams app – Color Snap!  Using this app, it is so easy to create a paint palette for any room.  Take a look at these photos and the corresponding paint colors we pulled from them.  Very cool!














Color of the Year 2017

Well, it is that time of year again!  All of the major paint companies have recently announced their selections for the color of the year. This year, purples, grays, and taupes reign supreme.

PPG Paints has selected Violet Verbena, a grayish shade of violet, while Olympic Paints color of the year is Cloudberry, a soft violet that is somewhat paler than Violet Verbena, and Glidden’s Byzantine Blue is really another shade of purple which is peaceful, yet playful.

Color 2017 Glidden .jpg

Sherwin-Williams has gone in another direction with Poised Taupe, a neutral which is both cool and warm with its mix of gray and brown. Benjamin Moore calls its color of the year Shadow, a shade that is dark, dramatic and elegant.

Color 2017 Benjamin Moore.jpg

Pantone, the company that considers itself the authority on colors in consumer trends, will not announce their color for 2017 until December.  In the meantime, they have released the top ten colors for spring, 2017, to coincide with New York Fashion Week and other fashion weeks around the world.   The list is quite subdued with muted and earthy tones such as Kale and Hazelnut predominating along with pops of brighter color such as Primrose Yellow.  So…. We will have to wait and see, but we are trying to be healthy and going with Kale.


Color 2017 - Kale.png



Color Forecast for 2016

Just as we do every year at this time, we like to report on the new colors that the major paint companies are promoting for the New Year.  This year we noticed a couple of surprising things - Pantone named not one, but two colors for 2016, and both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams chose shades of white.

Serenity, a lilac/blue-gray shade, and Rose Quartz, a pale pink are the Pantone colors to look for this year.  Already manufacturers and businesses are scrambling to unveil new products in these shades by early in the year.  Color trends reflect the current mood in our culture, and according to Pantone, "The seamless union of Serenity and Rose Quartz creates balance in a chaotic world by providing the perfect counterpoint to the fast-paced and hurried lives we live."

While many people think of white as a "non-color", it is definitely a color, and one that attracts many. In a statement from Benjamin Moore announcing the plain vanilla color of Simply White, they said that "white frames and flatters, is energizing and crisp, and helps us to appreciate forms and shapes."  We agree that a neutral like Simply White can be layered with other whites to create a beautifully elegant and sophisticated look.  Alabaster, according to Sherwin-Williams, is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.  Jackie Jordan, of Sherwin-Williams says that "alabaster provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and  'less is more' visual relief... it is an understated and alluring white."

It seems to us that, although the lilac and pink shades selected by Pantone and the whites chosen by Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams are very different, they all do provide the calmness that many people are looking for in their homes.

Rose Quartz and Serenity - www.pantone.com

2016 Serenity and Rose Quartz.jpg
2016 Color - Alabaster.jpg

Simply White - www.benjaminmoore.com