Every year around this time, brands start presenting their colour of the year 2018 choice to all of us. As I specify Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams consistenly, I have chosen these two brands to share my thoughts.
I remember in 2016 when both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams chose a white for their colour of the year. Benjamin Moore chose Simply White for their colour and Sherwin Williams chose Alabaster. Oh my! Did that cause a debate whether white was even a colour. So, what exactly is happening this year so far with colour?
Colour of the Year 2018: Benjamin Moore
When Benjamin Moore announced that Caliente AF-290 was their chosen colour, I found in my design community there was either a love for it or a real dislike for it.
If you follow my blog and know me, you know I’m a huge fan of using white so that it allows you to decorate around the trends and seasons (if that is important for you). I actually surprised myself because when I saw Caliente, I was in immediate love. Although my personal taste has me drawn to blues and greens (the colour of the ocean and green grass), I have to admit I’m loving this colour!
With a hint of orange, caliente has lots of personality and is the perfect hue for you if you are drawn to the warmer tones of red.
While I would say that it would be a commitment to paint an entire room with Caliente, it really depends on the space! This powder room, with Caliente paired with a crisp white, is stunning (in my personal opinion).
Caliente could also be a great accent colour (such as a front door) and my good friend mentioned she thought this would look great in her office. We shall see when I get over to her home! I’ll keep you posted.
Colour of the Year 2018: Sherwin Williams
Sherwin Williams also chose a deep colour with their choice: Oceanside SW6496. As I am drawn towards blues and greens, this colour was like, “YES” for me. As Sherwin Williams states,
“Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.”
Again, for me it would be a commitment to do an entire room however it truly depends on the space and the fixed elements that are in the space.
Where I can really see this colour is on furniture and accent pieces.
And of course, Oceanside works wonderful with metal accents.
Colour of the Year 2018: My final thoughts
As you know, I’m a huge fan of white, especially when it comes to kitchens. But what you may just be finding out is that I LOVE colour for accents! Whether it be a front door accent colour (which I’m going to see if Oceanside would work for my front door as I’m already ready for a change), accent furniture or decor, pops of strong, bold colours can take a space from , ‘meh’ to ‘WOW’!
What are your thoughts for these two colours of the year? I’d love to hear them so please feel free to comment.