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2018 Color Trends To Watch

By November 10, 2017No Comments
2018 color trends

Every year some colors in design stand out over others, that make an impression. They seem to feel fresh, new and spark interest. Paint companies predict color trends; globally, color expert panels predict what they believe will be the new color trends. From their predictions, colors begin to emerge in décor and you begin to see them as mainstream go-to colors.

2018 paint colors have been announced by major paint manufacturers.  In the Moment- Behr, a softer blue that is calming. Caliente- Benjamin Moore, a vibrant red that is exciting.  Oceanside- Sherwin Williams a blue-green that is mysterious like the ocean itself.


It tends to take a while for the current “years” predicted colors to become more mainstream. Generally, because it takes consumers a while to embrace them. These colors will be seen in decor, but consumers tend to call the shots if a color will be accepted.

Currently, there are two color trends in décor that have sparked my interest. I am seeing them used in more applications for home décor. Although these two colors had been chosen a few years back as “color of the year,” and they have had their place of “color of the year”  more now, than before. Surfacing on popular sites like Pinterest and Instagram.

At High Point; a design/decor show this past month, Dusty Pink tones (think Rose Quartz, Pantone’s 2016 color pick)  popped up over and over again. This soft color was featured in bedding, furniture, and metals. Soft rose color metal can be found in cooking items and accessories for the home. The soft sheen is something new and attractive to be considered in the mix of a room.

Here is West Elm’s bedding. The soft tone of the bedding conveys a relaxed but elegant feeling in a room. The color complements gray, navy and beige nicely. It could be considered as a neutral; subtle, and innocuous.

dusty rose bedding

Metal, in hardware and lighting is a great way to update a rooms look.  Copper emerged big a few years ago and now the soft rose metals are popular and trending. If you are not ready to commit to the rose color or feel it is too feminine, this is a nice way to introduce it in your room.dusty pink bronze and leather credenza by BDDWAdd black, brown or gray along with the dusty rose to give it less of a feminine feeling.

dusty rose rug

Emerald green is another color popping up in beautiful ways (Pantone’s color pick back in 2013). Velvet sofas are an emerging trend along with chairs. Again if this is too trendy of a color, consider accessories instead.

It’s a beautiful contrast to white, making a clear statement. Take a look at these designs to see how they have incorporated this rich color.

green sofas


House Beautiful gree accessories

The image above is from 2013, but the color is still holding interest. Possibly due to Pantone’s pick in ’13. These accessories are an easy way to add this trend to your decor to give it a fresh new look. Consider this year’s trending colors, or the past now emerging colors, to refresh and renew any room in your home. Let me know what you think!

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Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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