28 Nov 2017

The 2018 Color of the Year is a History Lesson…

Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards Paints, spent months researching global color trends and influences to provide a final 2018 Color of the Year selection. Her research revealed that green is trending in all color values — cool greens, warm greens, blackened greens, complex greens, gray-greens and many others. And, more importantly, variations on this color have been trending over recent time — lighter cactus and mint greens, to darker teal and blue-greens, paired with a variety of other hues including the highly popular Millennial pink, rose and deep fuchsia.



Color of the year

About the Green Hour…

Dunn-Edwards 2018 Color of the Year, The Green Hour, draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century Paris, when 5 o’clock became known as “The Green Hour” due to the popularity of the drink, absinthe. By the 1860’s, absinthe was so popular in bustling French cafes, bistros and cabarets, twilight became known as “The Green Hour”. While the drink color is a more vivid green, the 2018 color of the year of that name reflects the time and era of its namesake. It’s a darker shade of gray-blue-green, and embodies the timeless sense of mystery and creative revelry of the era.



How Does Interior Design Correlate with the Color of the Year?

Color trends trickle through furnishings, fashion, cars, construction materials and more. In good interior design, color trends are incorporated in small to large amounts, depending on a client’s love of the color and their level of boldness. Some of our clients are more comfortable with accents of a color in pillows or accessories, and some clients want to lead with their main color in the sofa. As we work with our clients, we develop an understanding of their tastes and develop our design around that knowledge, with each as unique as our clients themselves.
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