There’s a new minimalist colour palette in town, and it doesn’t involve grey.
As 2018 quickly approaches, it’s time to discuss which home decor trends will define the year to come. While 2017 has been all about tropical green, warm neutrals, and sophisticated camel accents, we predict that next year will be full of even edgier hues.
BLACK AS A STATEMENT COLOUR
There’s no denying we’re in love with all-black rooms, and 2018 is totally onboard with this sleek and sexy trend. According to Trendir, black should be treated as a neutral this year, considering it complements nearly any theme or colour palette. From black floors to black chandeliers, it is the perfect way to add some drama to your space.
Black-and-white interiors had their time to shine, but 2018 is ready to give way to a new minimalist palette. Soft, washed pastels like mint greens and sandy pinks will totally reimagine simple modern design in the coming year, according to Sherwin-Williams.
“Our new colours are about mindful living and creating an environment to disconnect and recharge,” says Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams’ director of marketing. “Soft, washed neutrals, greens and sanctuary pinks work together to create harmony.”
PINK AS A POWER COLOR
It’s official: pink is losing its gendered connotations. It evokes so many feelings that everyone can relate to, from joy to lust, making for the perfect mood-enhancing paint colour.
Pantone predicts that 2018 will be the year millennial pink shape-shifts into a stronger, more complex version of itself. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the Pantone Colour Institute’s executive director.
SERENE SHADES OF BLUE
An overwhelming trend for decor in 2018 appears to be creating tech-free sanctuaries, where you actually find a little relief in unplugging and actually relaxing. Behr’s first-ever Colour Of The Year, appropriately called In The Moment T18-15, is a casual and calm blue that immediately makes you feel more at peace.
“In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” said Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative services at Behr. “It crosses multiple design styles — global, coastal, modern — and pairs well with other subdued colours to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”
VIBRANT YELLOWS AND GREENS
Filling your home with vibrant colours shouldn’t be considered a design risk, and in 2018, Pantone predicts that it won’t be. In their Playful colour scheme, you’ll find shades like vibrant yellow and lime popsicle that will bring you a childlike joy. “People need to stop and smile,” said Eiseman. Design doesn’t always have to be so serious!
PALETTES INSPIRED BY TRAVEL
Thanks to social media, everyone seems to be talking about travel. Even if you aren’t a regular jet-setter, you can still draw colour inspiration from around the world. If you live in California, it doesn’t mean your palette needs to be nature-inspired or if you’re a New Yorker, you have to embrace industrial-inspired shades. In fact, we predict this year is going to be all about going against the grain in terms of colour choices.
METALLICS AS NEUTRALS
According to Pantone, metallics are no longer a dramatic colour choice. In fact, they’re part of the “new neutrals” for 2018, says Eiseman. Whether you choose to inset your ceiling with gold paper, or add a few gold accessories throughout your space, apparently gilded is the new white marble.
“In Silicon Valley, Austin, Berlin and Beijing, techies are the new hippies, full of breakthrough ideas and utopian ideals,” Wadden of Sherwin-Williams says. “Connectivity is modern and playful, bringing in dark watery tones of blue that are balanced with neutrals, warm yellow and energetic purples.” Get tech-friendly, not just with your smart home devices, but your colour choices, too!