ProSource | 12/4/2017 | Expert Advice
Is it blue, or is it green? Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 color of the year—Oceanside SW 6496—is the perfect blend of both, and the result is a rich jewel tone that is unlike anything we’ve seen before.
“A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what's old and new.” ~Sherwin Williams
For Chelsea L. Allard, senior project designer for Case Design/Remodeling in Charlotte, the depth and richness of Oceanside conjure images of a Caribbean swimming hole. “Even though the color is vivid, it has a sophistication that makes it versatile,” she says.
As a design manager and project designer for Case San Jose, Sarah Gaffney’s ultimate goal is to “create spaces that are beautiful, functional, and deeply personal.” She says that teal blues such as Oceanside easily adapt to a wide range of design styles, from traditional to transitional, contemporary to cottage.
Oceanside Was Created To Enhance Any Space
Welcome guests with gusto. Allard would use Oceanside on a front door for a pop of color on an otherwise neutral exterior. The hue would look equally enchanting on a pair of Adirondack chairs or a couple of large ceramic planters. But it’s appeal is certainly not limited to outdoor spaces…
Embellish neutral spaces. “In rooms with bright white walls,” says Gaffney, “I like to use it as a punch of color in furniture or accessories.”
Revitalize a tired kitchen. Imagine painting the island in this unique color. What an impressive focal point that would create! And while it would work with nearly every design style and palette, Allard thinks it would look especially lovely when paired with a marble countertop and brass cabinet hardware.
Create a brilliant palette. “It’s a fun, youthful color when paired with saturated hues such as orange and yellow,” says Gaffney. Sherwin-Williams color experts suggest using it with pinks and other blues.
Jazz up a stuffy dining room. “A dining room with lacquered walls would certainly make a statement and offer a moody aesthetic without being too serious,” says Allard.
Create a meditative space. A shade like Oceanside “transforms into a really moody color in small rooms with limited natural light,” says Gaffney. Sherwin-Williams says the green-blue tone serves to boost creative thinking. How perfect would it be for a cozy reading nook?
Use it in a bedroom or home office. Gaffney suggest pairing Oceanside with “warm woods, leather, or textured fabrics to create a rich sense of comfort.”
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