Expert Predictions for Next Year's Paint Trends

Neutrals are back, and so are some bold hues you haven’t seen in a while. Are you looking to switch up your paint? Don’t do it without checking out these upcoming paint trends.

By Tina Jepson


Paint trends aren’t as consistent as you’d think. In fact, there’s not just a wide variation in paint preferences from one decade to the next. There are also seasonal and annual shifts as well.




We were beyond lucky to talk with representatives from Benjamin Moore at the 2017 Dwell on Design expo in Los Angeles, CA. During our conversation, we got an up-close look at their “Color of the Year,” Shadow, which is a deep, dark shade of purple.


You may be wondering, “Just how does a paint company decide on this annual color?” How did Sherwin Williams settle on purple, when they could choose between virtually any color under the rainbow?


It’s no surprise that trends in interior and exterior home paint mirror other trends, namely in the design and fashion worlds. This means that as more and more fashion designers incorporate vivid purple, outrageous orange, or puckered-up pink in their styles, you’re more than likely to see the same on your living room wall shortly.


Based on what’s happening in the design world, these are some of the paint colors to look out for in 2018.


International Influences

We spoke with many designers at expos in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles and almost all of them mentioned that consumers are looking outward toward global trends.


Therefore, along with internationally-inspired metal, textile, and ceramic work, we can also expect paint to follow this trend.




Keep your eyes peeled for mustard yellows like Sherwin William’s Eye Catching and deep purple such as Benjamin Moore’s Shadow and Behr’s Proper Purple.


When you’re painting using globally-inspired colors, you’ll notice they’re more daring. Mixing and matching is also encouraged, especially when you’re focusing on darker hues that may overwhelm smaller rooms and spaces without ample sunlight.




If this paint trend makes you a bit nervous, try combining one of the colors mentioned above with a fun, relaxed neutral, such as Behr’s Polar Bear.



It’s not just you. Everyone’s glued to their televisions for the latest home DIY episode. After all, there’s much to be learned from some of our favorite tv contractors. Interestingly, some of the paint trends we’re currently seeing are directly influenced by these shows.


If anything, DIY television has definitely opened us all up to the idea that gray is one of the best neutrals you can use in any room of the house. In fact, right now it’s one of the colors that real estate agents and other home professionals suggest painting your walls when you go to sell your property.




So go ahead and grab a sample of Sherwin Williams’ Gray Screen or check out this Pantone hue Cool Gray 7C.


Gray is versatile and just about everywhere right now. If you decide to “go gray” this season, you won’t regret it.


Tactile & Textured

Paint isn’t just for looks. In some cases, it’s meant to be touched. In the coming year, keep your eyes peeled for paint colors with a matte or leathered finish.


What does texture have to do with color? Absolutely everything! Some thicker paints often have better light reflecting properties because they contain higher levels of sand.


As homeowners, many of us are interested in brightening up our spaces, which means that companies like Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Valspar are bound to offer some of their most popular colors in reflective, textured formulas in the coming season.




Be on the lookout for Valspar’s Aqua Blue in Sandstone finish and Benjamin Moore’s Persian Red, which both incorporate international influences with a tactile experience.


As with all trends, paints popular this year may not make the cut next season. However, the paints we think will show up on Behr, Valspar, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Pantone’s colors of the year in 2018 are bound to show the influences of pop culture, fashion and the design worlds.


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