Paint companies have been releasing their picks for the 2018 color of the year, and it seems to be a complete toss-up between pink and gray. Is anyone surprised? Millennial pink is practically inescapable, and gray has been a foolproof go-to for the past couple of years now. Come on, we dare you to find a home without gray paint on Flip or Flop, and even cookware has been looking rather salmon lately.
It seems we'll be sticking to our guns in 2018, but we're not complaining. The paint companies are pushing colors that are a slightly more modern take on 2017's trends, yet still remain familiar. These new colors are maybe a shade lighter or a shade darker, but they offer a similar feel. Hey, bring on the gray kitchens and millennial pink kid's rooms, we say. We're still into it.
Drumroll please! Here are the hot new colors for 2018:
1. Graham & Brown — Penelope
Graham & Brown describe their Penelope color as a delicate shade of pink with peach undertones that moves beyond the 2017 blush trend. It was inspired by the Greek goddess Penelope, who was celebrated for her faithfulness, patience, and feminine virtue.
2. Dutch Boy — Sandstone Tint
Sandstone Tint is a light greige with warm undertones. This is a fool-proof shade that "nods to the simplicity of the past, while also making a modern, color-confident statement that looks to the future," Dutch Boy said.
3. Behr — In the Moment
In the Moment is a combo of blue, gray, and green. Behr describes it as a "comfortable" color ideal for making a space more relaxing and zen.
4. AkzoNobel — Heart Wood
Heart Wood is a "grown-up pink" that offers a sense of comfort and home. "The sentiment of seeking comfort in the home is something that has carried through from 2017 into 2018," AkzoNobel said of why they haven't let go of pink as a trend. "Trends don't just end on December 31 — they evolve and blend into new directions."
5. Glidden — Deep Onyx
Glidden is darkening up the gray trend for a more of-the-moment look. Deep Onyx is a "no-fuss shade of black." "...It's actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that's trending for 2018," said Misty Yeomans, the color marketing manager for Glidden paints. Black kitchens and bathrooms have been popping up left and right, so this pick comes as no surprise.
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.