The 2018 Colors of the Year

The new year comes with lots of resolutions, goals and to do lists. Perhaps you’ve made a list of home improvements you’d like to complete in 2018. Maybe one of the things on your to do list is painting.

Painting is one of the quickest and most economical ways to freshen up your home. The painting itself may be easy, but choosing the color may be a little overwhelming. There are thousands of colors out there, how do you know which one to choose? Researchers say that color can affect your mood. The color of a room can also make an impression on everyone that may enter your home. And of course if you’re selling your home, a paint color can make a room look bigger, warmer or more inviting. A little overwhelming, right? So, what to choose?

Every year the major paint companies choose their color of the year. They look at decorating trends and sometimes even take a hint from the fashion industry to let you know what the latest trends are. This year’s colors are are pretty bold. Three of them are black, and two are very intense hues. Painting a whole room one of these colors may be a little too daring for most of us, but if you’d like to use one of these dramatic colors, think about using it on an accent wall or use the color on pillows or curtains in the room.

At the end of the day, the best color for you to choose is the one that makes you happy. I suggest bringing home a lot of samples, and when you narrow it down to a few, paint a large sample on a board or piece of cardboard that you can move around the room. Look at it in the room during different times of the day so you can see it in the bright sunlight as well as during the evening hours. Another good idea is to pay attention to the colors that you like in places you visit. You may find your new favorite paint color in your favorite coffee shop, a friend’s home, or in your favorite piece of art. There are apps you can use to see what a potential paint color may look like in your room, as well as hundreds of pinterest boards :). Don’t be scared to try something new, remember it’s just paint, you can always paint over it and try again! If painting is on your to do list, have fun! And if you use one of these colors, send me a picture. I would love to see it!!

And the colors of the year are . . . (Drum roll please)

Are you inspired to get your paint roller out? Take a look at the slideshow below to see examples of how home decorators have used these colors in their designs.

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