ProSource | 12/19/2017 | Expert Advice
Ah, how eagerly the design world anticipates the annual color of the year announcements! In 2018, trade pros and homeowners alike will be rewarded with a daring selection of intense colors. Will one or more of these fabulous colors make their way into your next design scheme?
CALIENTE AF-290 From Benjamin Moore
Red is known as a statement color, and it makes one for 2018.
Benjamin Moore & Co.’s Ellen O’Neill describes Caliente as “the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.”
Playing off the feisty Caliente is a palette of complementary hues ranging from white and silver to charcoal and black. Benjamin Moore designers suggest a variety of ways to incorporate the spicy color in any home:
DEEP ONYX 00NN 07/000 From Glidden® Paints By PPG
The folks at Glidden want to “bring it back to the basics with the most forgotten neutral – black.” Deep Onyx is just that: an easy-to-use color that’s trendy yet authentic.
“Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your décor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that’s trending for 2018,” says Misty Yeomans, PPG color marketing manager for Glidden paints.
“Black can be overlooked as a neutral color, but it works well on an accent wall or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim, and cabinets. Just like a little black dress, Deep Onyx is a classic, timeless staple,” says Yeomans, who offers helpful tips to get started:
BLACK MAGIC OL116 From Olympic
The color experts at Olympic say their choice of black “embodies glamour and strength.” Black Magic is a timeless color that makes a powerful statement in big doses or small.
“In past years, consumers have gravitated toward open, airy spaces that are thought to leave room for exposure,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager for Olympic paint. “However, in the current day, consumers often feel uneasy, restless, or like their privacy is being invaded, so they crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life. Black Magic perfectly satisfies consumers’ desire for privacy.”
Olympic recommends pairing this neutral with grays, warm whites, or soft pinks. Black Magic is strong enough to ground an open, airy space without overpowering it.
OCEANSIDE SW6496 From Sherwin-Williams
Houston interior designer Rainey Richardson will be using “anything but neutral tones” in 2018. “Things are moving in a bold direction,” she says. “Reds, strong blues, and vibrant greens. People have tired of neutral (sometimes boring) palettes.”
Oceanside is up to the task. “A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green,” it’s a color that is “both accessible and elusive,” says the color experts at Sherwin-Williams. The bright hue plays well with a rainbow of colors (think pink and yellow) as well as in a variety of design styles (from mid-century modern and contemporary to traditional and Mediterranean).
GOLD RUSH From Shaw Floors
Like black, gold is a color that’s not often thought of as a neutral. But Shaw Floors’ Gold Rush is just that: a versatile neutral that “reinvigorates and re-invites.” It effortlessly adds visual warmth to natural textures such as wood, metal, and leather and runs the gamut from relaxed to glamorous.
“Golden hues evoke positivity, excitement, and sophistication,” says Debbie Houston, Shaw Floors creative director. “With Gold Rush, styling options are diverse, so color can easily be the focal point or used to accentuate the overall design.”
How will you use one of these spectacular colors of the year in your next project? Find inspiration at ProSource Wholesale®. You can browse inspiration for endless room designs created by talented trade pro members, get an up-close look at similar or complementary flooring color options at a local ProSource showroom, or connect with a talented design expert to create a one-of-a-kind space that customized just for you. Make 2018 your most colorful year yet!
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