It’s a new year, which means that new 2018 paint color trends will be making their way throughout neighborhoods across the country. If you are thinking about making a color change to the interior or exterior of your home, here is what will be trending in 2018.

The Pantone Color of the Year

The 2017 Pantone® Color of the Year was Greenery (15-0343), a yellow-green shade that was described as nature’s neutral. It could be paired with many shades of brown and tan, other shades of green, and even a few brighter colors like coral and hues of pink.

This year, the 2018 Pantone Color® of the Year is a bit more out of this world. The company has chosen Ultra Violet (18-3838), a deep shade of purple that “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos” and “the vast and limitless night sky.” It is meant to evoke feelings of experimentation and non-conformity, and shades of color have been used by artists like Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix.

Interior Color Trends

There’s no doubt that Shades of Gray owned the interior scene in 2017. People all over the country were enamored by its neutrality, which made it a remarkably versatile color that pairs well with any theme in any room. We saw grays pop up in everything from nurseries to living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

This year, a few new trends are expected to make their way onto the interior color scene:
  • Black: it’s cliché to say, but black is back. We see colors titled “Onyx,” “Black Flame” and “Shadow” creep back onto the scene. While many homeowners aren’t darkening entire rooms, shades of black are becoming perfect for accent walls. They are edgy and pose a stark contrast to white tiles, trims, and furniture.
  • Berries: This is a broad term we are using that encompasses a wide range of colors and shades that homeowners are leaning toward. Deep, dark shades of red are making a comeback. Bold, rich colors that resemble red wine, cherries, grapes, etc. are all over the interior design scene. The deep, darker colors are being used to paint full rooms, while brighter reds that resemble raspberries are being used as light accents here and there.
  • Herbs: Shades of green are here to stay, but their names and hues change year after year. Towards the end of 2017, and now into 2018, many cool shades of green have made their way into homes across the country. The ones that stand out the most are colors like “Sage,” “Thyme” and other herbs.

Exterior Color Trends

On the outside of the home, neutrals like beige and shades of green and yellow were the talk of the town in 2017. For 2018, here are a few of the color combinations that are expected to make a show in neighborhoods across the country:

  • Neutral, White, Pop of Color: This color trio continues the neutral trend of 2017, but adds an unexpected pop of color. Homeowners frequently pair white trim with beige, ivory, or tan siding, then use their shutters or front doors to add a bright color like aqua, red, etc. This makes for a nice focal point on your front door.
  • Gray Comes Outside: the gray trend has even made its way to the exterior of the home, with homeowners opting for this as a siding and even roofing color. It matches well with white trim and virtually any other exterior color.
  • Blending Natural Siding Colors: homeowners now love the natural blending of the colors of brick and stone with natural wood or wood-colored vinyl siding. As Shiplap made a statement indoors last year, homeowners are now bringing the natural colors of wood to their exterior color palette.
  • Black and White: trends are making a return to the contrast of black and white. Whether it’s black siding with white trim or white siding framed with black trim, we expect to see lots of black and white homes in 2018.

What’s Your Color Palette?

Looking for a change this year? Have ideas on what colors you want for your home’s exterior? Contact the roofing and siding contractors at Schmidt Roofing and let us know your ideas. We will be happy to provide you with a free quote on your next exterior project.

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