paint trends

By Mary Heyl

It’s all about color! Whether you’re moving into a new home and repainting everything or just sprucing up a room or two in your well-loved abode this spring, chances are, the biggest challenge is settling on a color scheme. According to Sherwin-Williams, “Color sets the mood for a home’s interior and conveys how you want the space to feel.” Eager as you may be to get started, take some time to explore paint color cards and samples, and think about these trending colors for 2018!

Not only can color define a space, but it can also define an era. Nothing evokes homes of the 1970s like Harvest Gold and Avocado Green—once the trendiest choices in color schemes and even appliances. You can certainly embrace this year’s trends without ending up with a space that looks “dated.” The key, according to home design blog “The Spruce,” is to incorporate elements of this year’s trending colors throughout your home, not repainting each space entirely.

This year’s top interior color is sage green. If this sounds familiar, it should! Sage green was popular about 15 years ago, but this year’s shade is a bit different. According to Behr, popular shades of sage are taking on a blue tinge, meant to evoke tranquility. Behr’s 2018 Color of the Year has been dubbed “In the Moment,” a tranquil spruce blue inspired by nature. The universal appeal of this color makes it great for a variety of styles because, according to Behr, “It also crosses multiple design styles, ideal for working with traditional, modern, coastal and global décor.”

So how can you incorporate this beautiful green in your home? First, consider the colors that make up this tranquil hue. Behr combined blue, gray, and green to create their signature shade, which means that it will pair well with these colors that you may already have in your home. If you were a fond follower of the gray trend of recent years, fear not! A sage green comforter pairs well with light gray walls, upping the tranquility factor of a peaceful space.

The Spruce recommends painting accent walls to add a pop of color, without saturating the space. For example, choose a wall of your living room to celebrate the new shade of green for 2018! A wall with a fireplace is already a great focal point—consider choosing this wall for your new accent color, which can easily be changed in a few years as the trends (and your tastes) evolve.

There are many reasons why you may be hesitant to commit to a color for the whole space. Renters, those planning to move soon, or the indecisive can incorporate trending colors in small ways, too. In addition to sage green, deep onyx (black with a deep, purple hue) is also trending for 2018. Certainly, you may be quite hesitant to paint an entire room or even one wall black. If that’s the case, purchase a quart of flat paint in the shade of your choice, and paint one or two pieces of furniture. A dresser, coffee table, pair of end tables or even a mirror are accent pieces that can be the perfect palette for accent colors.

No matter how big or small your space is, the right color can change the energy, brighten the mood, and inspire its inhabitants. Before you commit to a large paint purchase, bring several paint color cards home and pin them to the wall(s) of your choice to see what looks best and what the family thinks! When you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices, pick up some foam core board and purchase sample containers of paint in your top three color choices. Cut the foam core board into three pieces, each about the size of a sheet of paper. Paint each piece with one color each. Over the course of the week, pin each of these large samples to the wall of your choice. Observe how each color looks at different times of day when exposed to varying amounts of sunlight and interior lighting. Although this may seem fussy and time consuming, it is a much more efficient process in the long run. You can get a much truer sense of how a color will look before purchasing gallons of non-returnable mixed paint!