Since the start of the millennium, Pantone has been announcing their choice for "Color of the Year." Every year they have chosen a color that embodies not just the upcoming trends, but a color that resonates with the emotions and outlook in the world for the year ahead. Pantone's first Color of the Year, Cerulean, was chosen, not just because it reflected the trends in the design world at the time, but also based on its serene and calming effect that it would have over the noises and distractions that the new technology filled millennium would bring. Since then, Pantone's team has continually searched for a new color to speak for the year ahead as well as a color that was a prominent factor, not only in interior design, but also in fashion, architecture, and photography.
Due to the success and popularity of Pantone's Color of the Year, many other companies now announce their own Color of the Year. Although each company announces their own color independently, the criteria goes back to Pantone's original ideas of finding a color that seamlessly blends the new trends and a deeper connection to the year ahead.
2018 is here and the companies have announced their chosen colors to forecast the year ahead. As interior designers, we love the announcements because not only do they give an insight to the upcoming trends and styles, but they inspire us to find fun ways to incorporate them into our work. Check out the different colors below and find out why they were chosen.
"Inventive & imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come."
Pantone chose Ultra Violet as a symbol of ingenuity, innovation, and creativity. Ultra Violet excites us in the mysterious and unknown future that lies ahead in 2018.
"A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible & elusive"
The deep, calming tones in Sherwin Williams' Oceanside is moody while also intriguing, playful yet powerful. Oceanside invites you to jump in and take 2018 one wave at a time.
"Strong, Radiant, and Full of Energy"
The energetic Caliente by Benjamin Moore brings us courage to take on the new year. This dramatic pop of color is enticing and packs a powerful punch.
"This cool tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray & green."
Behr's In The Moment forces you to take a second to enjoy what is around you. This subtle color feels like taking a deep breath and starting fresh, making it the perfect color to pair with your New Year's Resolution.
"It’s time to stop getting caught up in a fantasy and bring it back to the basics with the most forgotten neutral"
Deep Onyx by Glidden is bringing back black as a classic, timeless staple in our homes. This soft black proves that less is more and that black can be the perfect subtle statement to help bring together your fresh, new perspective on minimalism.
"Black creates the silence we crave in an information heavy world, while the navy offers possibility & deep hopefulness"
PPG mixes together two powerhouse neutrals to bring us Black Flame. This perfect mix of black and navy brings something new to the table. The calming blue undertones give added dimension to the standard black and leaves us anticipating the future combination of neutrals.
Check back next week to see what colors to pair with the new Colors of the Year as well as fun and creative ways you can use them in your home!