Color Therapy 2018
In determining which colors will rise to the top of the decorating scene, trends experts surprisingly study fashion, art, technology, and vehicles (among other things) in order to discover what is catching the eye of today’s homeowners. 2018 finds that the all-white kitchens and gray walls of yesterday are making way for edgier hues, such as sunny goldenrod shades or luxe blues and greens. Folks are moving away from a minimalist look and embracing colors that add depth and luxury to their abodes. The time to “play it safe” has come to a screeching halt!
2018 color trends are playing out in three specific arenas:
MOOD-ENHANCING: Colorful kitchen cabinets or vibrant walls add energy to a room while allowing the homeowner to embrace individual expression. Benjamin Moore’s Caliente is a vivid and hard-to-ignore red that brings a lively feel into a room, while Valspar’s Golden Ochre delivers a punch of color that retains a chic, classic feel. These colors make people smile and quickly transform an otherwise bland interior into a cozy and welcoming space.
PEACEFULLY DISCONNECTED: Today’s homeowners are generally busy and stressed, so they desire homes which help them to disconnect from the workplace in a tranquil space all their own. Pink is losing its gender connections and is showing up as a soft and subtle neutral all its own. Paired with metallic gold accents, which are steadily on the rise, this creates an environment that welcomes both men and women alike. Organic shades reflective of nature appear in soft greens such as Behr’s Nurturing or Valspar’s Spring Botanical and help create a year-round garden feel indoors.
TRAVEL-INSPIRED: Adventure defines today’s cultural vibe, and as travel becomes increasingly popular, homeowners are looking to bring those travel-inspired tones into their homes. Behr’s In the Moment is a soothing shade of blue reminiscent of the ocean and sky, bringing the outdoors inside and connecting the individual to their vacation experience. By contrast, Sherwin-Williams’ Oceanside is a vibrant, timeless, nautical shade of blue which inspires one’s further quest for exploration.
All is not lost for those whose homes still display the all-white kitchen or neutral gray family room walls. It’s relatively easy to introduce these new color trends into your house in small doses. While accent walls are less popular these days, they remain a subtle option for jazzing up those gray living room walls. A brightly colored kitchen island will bring unexpected vibrancy to a white kitchen, which ultimately remains the hub of most homes. If you want to experiment with color in a less committed fashion, brightly colored drapes, pillows, and throws are a flexible option. Black remains a solid baseline in décor and is showing up in all-black rooms, which are sleek and modern. But, you can also treat black as a neutral in any room by adding black floors or chandeliers, whose unexpected appearance adds a surprising element. Metallic accessories, such as gold vases, bowls, and end tables, are an elegant addition to any room and instantly bring you up to speed with 2018 color trends. However you decide to add color to your décor, know that there are options to help you quickly and affordably update your space into the oasis you desire it to be.