Just what is a “color of the year” anyway? Typically, it’s a popular color chosen by a consortium of companies or research groups who chart design trends and keep up with the colors that people are using in their homes, apartments, offices, and so on. The Color Marketing Group, Pantone®, and other companies all announce their expected popular colors of the year as a way to inspire homeowners, point out what colors may sell, and show how design trends are changing. Let’s take a look at the expectations for 2018, and just why the color trends are changing. Teal was forecasted to be 2018’s color of the year but was beat out by the beautiful Ultra Violet. However, teal is still expected to be an extremely popular color.
Note: Do you have to use the color of the year in your next renovation? No — but it’s good to know why new colors are becoming popular, and how they are being used. This could give you new ideas for how to use color in your next project.
Teal — A Trending Color for 2018
So, why is teal paint going to be popular in 2018? Here are the top reasons that companies like Sherwin-Williams® are expecting this gentle shade to make it big.
- Luxurious without dimming. Dark teals are dark enough to add a feeling of intimacy and luxury to areas like a sitting room or a living room, but not so dark that they make the room feel gloomy or cloistered. This middle ground is expected to be very popular.
- Go lighter for serenity. Lighter teals tend to lean into their blue-green appearance; in other words, they are perfect for representing the ocean in calming shades. Whether you are trying to create a ship-themed bunk bed room or complement your windows and sunlight with a wide-open, ocean feel, these lighter teals can do the job.
- It goes well with metal. Metals are growing more popular too as industrial and minimalistic trends grow more common even in traditional homes. Teal is a particularly good color to use with brighter metals like copper and brass, allowing them to stand out without clashing too much.
- And it goes well with wood. Specifically, lighter teals work well with darker stained woods if you are looking for a particularly cozy setup.
- Combine it with other natural colors. Teal works especially well with lighter natural colors, especially the colors that mimic coral, clouds, sky and more. This allows you to use teal and still have a room feel bright, white and welcoming.
- Historical use. Teal is a good color to use with mid-century designs and décor, although it can also handle modern designs. Think about using it in unusual ways, such as a teal ceiling, darker teal walls in the bathroom, teal furniture, and more.
Curious how to incorporate trending colors into your home or office? Get a free estimate from The Painting Company today! We look forward to helping you transform your space.