Ultraviolet?  Caliente?  Am I the only one having a hard time seeing this colors take off in 2018?  They seem a far cry from the stark white and “millennial pink” walls we can’t seem to shake.  How do we expect the chroma pendulum to swing so far in in the other direction just because it’s now 2018?  My guess is that we’ll actually see softer, more neutral colors start to eclipse these light hued staples in the coming months.  Here are the 4 color trends I’m predicting…

Water Tones

Murky shades of blue with a hint of green are having a moment, recalling the tranquility of lapping ocean waves, flowing streams, and peaceful lake vistas.  Shades of seafoam and agave come to mind.

Warm-hued brass and a sepia photograph pop against this ocean-colored wall.

This charming scene imparts the illusion of dining under the sea.

Saturated seafoam walls need little else to make a lasting impression.

Foxed mirrored walls and aqua velvet impart an aquatic atmosphere in this unbelievably chic dining room.

2018 Color Trends


Layers of azure and teal compose this mermaid’s den.

This high contrast bedroom marries tropical water hues and deep, moody maritime blues.

Agave and turquoise get along swimmingly in this bedroom.

2018 Color Forecast: The Hues that will trend this year...

Steeped in tradition, this sitting room boasts an nautical palette.

Pale Neutrals

In place of the default “builder’s white”, which can feel sterile, more complex iterations of this go-to neutral are on the horizon.  Think: bone, cream, oyster, and platinum–layered upon one another to create “white” rooms with depth and soul.

2018 Color Forecast: Trending: Pale Neutrals

Sand-colored walls, natural wood, and misty gray create a delicate, opal-like space.

Shades of vanilla and mushroom reflect the ample natural light of this room.

White never looked so welcoming as in this airy, bone-clad living room.

2018 Color Forecast: Trending: Ivory, Oyster, Bone & Cream

This formal sitting room combines all manner of whites and pale neutrals with glamorous results.

Golden beige and ivory make for a serene first impression in this foyer.

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Platinum and parchment dominate Ryan Korban’s impeccably polished apartment.

Gold leaf and oyster gray–a match made in interior design heaven.

Creamy whites frame a dramatic photograph in this living room while metallics twinkle on the periphery.

Lavender & Pastel Purples

Lavender is the natural reaction to the blush or so-called “millennial pink” that has dominated interior design for the last couple of years.  It’s in the same vein–a feminine pastel–but slightly less sweet and often more alluring.  Lilac, wisteria, and heather and coming…

This unconventional living room celebrates simplified forms and color–particularly that dusty lilac wall.

I can only imagine what it must feel like to call this violet oasis “home” and step into its pastel cocoon after a long day.

This hotel suite proves that lavender is an ideal candidate for a monochromatic space.

2018 Color Forecast: 4 Colors that will ACTUALLY trend this year


These wisteria-colored chairs are an unexpected but delightful choice for this luminous dining room that echo its feminine-but-not-frilly vibe.

This serene salon must have plucked its palette from the most luminous parts of an amethyst.

Here we see how heather plays well with others–other colors that is.

Oh great!  Now I need something purple and furry in my life.  This is one of those images that will cause me to loose a few hours, combing the internet from something I didn’t know that I needed a minute ago.

Sweet dreams are made of these…pretty mauve walls.


Designers with an appetite for drama have embraced black paint.  Whether an accent wall or an entire room, a dark backdrop is the perfect vehicle for offsetting a pop of color or the silhouette of a sculptural piece.  Textured and 3D walls are especially arresting in jet.  I also suspect that the pitch paint trend will usher in demand for veined zebra marble (in lieu of ubiquitous Carrara) and edgy, ebony leather.

4 Color Trends for 2018: 1. Black Accent Walls

The subtle texture of plaster was destined to be reimagined in carbon tones.

Typically, bohemian homes have been airy white affairs, outfitted with ethnic textiles in an array of colors.  This space turns that cliche on its ear, showcasing the power of shadowy shades and neutral statement pieces.

This 3D wall adds a spicy note in peppercorn.

Brass furnishings compliment the matte black accent wall and masculine leather chairs in this space.

Both color and gilding are highlighted beautifully by a lightless backdrop.

2018 Color Trends | Black | Motley Decor

Richly veined zebra marble cocktail tables echo the dramatic, dark far wall.

This bedroom hosts a plethora of scene stealers–from exuberant textiles to large scale sculptures–and ebony proves to be a stage, on which, all these starlets can shine.

“Edgy glamour” might best describe this dining room with mammoth tusks, a live edge table, and mirrored credenza.  Here, black walls seem like the only possible solution, pumping up the contrast for a dazzling display.

Do you plan on painting this year?  What colors trends do you predict in 2018?  Still undecided?  Find additional color inspiration on Motley Decor.