If you’ve resolved to add a fresh new color to your usual décor, paint manufacturers and color forecasters can be a great source of inspiration. They put a considerable amount of research into determining colors that they believe will be trending in the foreseeable future, and regularly release their predictions with a “color of the year” or a color trends palette.

We’re not saying you should always follow trends in your home décor, but if you’re looking for something new and different, it’s always nice to be at the forefront of the next style wave. And if the various 2018 colors of the year are any indication, shades of blue-green are the Next Big Thing.

Behr Paint’s first-ever Color of the Year is the soft and subdued In the Moment (T18-15), “a restorative blue-green hue honoring nature to create a soothing atmosphere.” Sherwin-Williams went with the more intense Oceanside (SW 6496), “a collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green … a complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown.” Dunn-Edwards selected a medium-toned blue-green called The Green Hour (DET544), drawing inspiration from turn-of-the-century Paris. As the company describes it, The Green Hour is “a darker shade of gray blue-green [that] embodies the timeless sense of mystery and creative revelry of the era.”

Behr Paint named the soothing In the Moment as its 2018 Color of the Year. (Behr Paint photo)

In the Moment is Behr’s first-ever Color of the Year. (Behr Paint photo)

Sherwin-Williams went with a more vibrant blue-green shade with its 2018 Color of the Year, Oceanside. (Sherwin-Williams photo)

Dunn-Edward also went with a blue-green Color of the Year, with The Green Hour. (Dunn-Edwards photo)

The Green Hour is inspired by turn-of-the-century Paris. (Dunn-Edwards photo)

But not all the experts went down the blue-green road. The influential color-matching corporation Pantone (which named a deep blue-green shade called Emerald as its Color of the Year way back in 2013) this year predicted that the world is ready to embrace a dramatic purple, Ultra Violet (18-3838). Pantone describes the color as “inventive and imaginative,” and “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.”

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is the dramatic  Ultra Violet. (Pantone photo)

Not ready for purple? Give it a couple of years. In 2016, Pantone named two Colors of the Year, the pastel pink Rose Quartz (13-1520) and baby-blue Serenity (15-3919). Many designers scoffed that those sweet shades would ever be popular for anything outside of a baby’s room – but darn it if they aren’t starting to pop up everywhere. Just check out the current HGTV Dream Home, which is chock-full of pastel pinks and blues.

Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year have been growing in popularity. (Pantone photo)

This year’s HGTV Dream Home, in Gig Harbor, Washington, features pastel blues and pinks throughout — perhaps influenced by Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year. (HGTV photos)

So maybe we’ll be seeing more deep purple in coming years … but maybe not. Some paint manufacturers are predicting a more somber future, with shades of black as their 2018 colors of the year. For Olympic paint brand, it’s Black Magic (OL116), which the company describes as a “deep, comforting” color that offers “a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life” and “perfectly satisfies consumers’ desire for privacy.” Glidden’s most recent list of “trending colors” includes Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000), described as “a classic, deep rich black which works equally well as a main color or as an accent for your project.” (Another “trending color” is Icy Teal, so Glidden has hopped on the blue-green bandwagon as well.)

The Olympic paint experts think Black Magic will bring homeowners the comfort and privacy they crave. (Olympic photo)

Glidden lists Deep Onyx as a trending color this year. (Glidden photo)

And then, finally, we have Benjamin Moore. No cool blue-greens or black neutrals for this paint company: Its 2018 Color of the Year is Caliente (AF-290), a bold red that’s “strong, radiant and full of energy.”

Benjamin Moore struck out in a different direction with its 2018 Color of the Year, the spicy red Caliente.

So there you have it: a Color of the Year to complement whatever your current home’s palette may be, whether it’s cool blues or warm reds. Or purple. Because who can’t fit a little purple into their décor?

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