Trending: Paint with all the Colours of the Year

Are you singing the Pocahontas classic yet? No? Maybe you should re-read the title and realise how clever and witty I was trying to be.

I love this time of year. It’s a time for reflection, when we look back at everything that’s happened throughout the year, the good and the bad. When Twitter, Google, YouTube, you name it, try to compile lists upon lists of things I’ve already forgotten happened in 2017.

However, it’s a time that is just as much about looking forward to the twelvemonths ahead. When we try to predict what’s in store for us, what we’ll be watching, reading, buying etc. And paint brands across the globe are no different in their love of telling us their thoughts for the on trend colour of the year ahead. They’ve almost all jumped on the  bandwagon to release their own ‘Colour of the Year’… and I love it!!

Pantone, 18-3838 Ultra Violet

2017 was all about Greenery but this year Pantone is packing a purple punch with Ultra Violet. Only a few months ago I was bemoaning a lack of visible purple furnishings but no more!


Image from Pantone


A dramatic and provocative shade, Ultra Violet communicates “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Ultra Violet suggests “the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now”.

You have to admire their flair for language! Having said that, I do get a strong sense of celestial beauty and anything that reminds me of His Royal Purpleness is a shade worth finding a wall to paint.


Image from Pantone



Dulux,  Heart Wood

This is the 15th year of Dulux’s Colour Futures and this year their research has given us Heart Wood. Described as a beautiful warm pink, this dusty tone is the perfect neutral if you’re tired of grey. Rose was all the rage this year and it’s easy to see why when you pair it against greens, blues, greys… it can do it all!  Dulux tells us that Heart Wood works well with other soft tones and especially suits natural materials and finishes like marble and woods.

Image from Dulux

Rebecca Williamson, senior colour and design expert at Dulux (can you say, dream job!), describes it as somewhere between smoky taupe and dusky mauve and one that creates a welcoming environment and a sanctuary for the homeowner.

Image from Dulux

Benjamin Moore, Caliente AF-290

Spicing it up is US paint brand Benjamin Moore with Caliente AF-290, a red hot, charismatic and bold shade of red. You need to be pretty confident to take this strong colour on but if you’re looking to make a statement then look no further.


Image from Benjamin Moore



Benjamin Moore’s, Ellen O’Neill describes it as “the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.”

Image from Benjamin Moore



Sherwin-Williams, Oceanside SW 6496

Taking us on a trip to the seaside, Sherwin-Williams has chosen Oceanside SW 6496 as its colour of the year. “A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green”, it’s a colour they reckon is accessible but at the same time, elusive. Not sure how that works. Nonetheless, blue is a colour for a variety of moods, moods that you may even be experiencing all at the same time. 

Image from Sherwin-Williams

Oceanside is a colour that will have you hankering for a holiday but I’m not quite convinced you will start seeing mermaids in every paint splash as they envisaged.  Perfect for contemporary and traditional schemes, it’s a universal shade that will add a serious sense of style. 

Image from Sherwin-Williams

Tell us your favourite and what you think will be the colour of 2018!






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