Maybe (Just Maybe) I’m Setting the 2018 Color Trends?

We’re not even to the halfway mark of 2017, but they are already predicting the 2018 color trends!

2018 popular paint color trends fandecks


I apologize in advance if you think I’m being arrogant in this post, but this is just too uncanny for me not to mention! The 2018 color trends I’ve seen thus far look strikingly familiar.  Here’s an image that Sherwin-Williams put out to promote their latest paint color predictions:

living room with sherwin williams gray green wall color with dark painted ceiling



Not only do the colors look like this color combo I chose for the 2017 House for Hope, but the placement is the same, too!

house for hope bedroom with dark ceiling and light wall with poster bed

Color Design – The Decorologist, Room Design – Peddler Interiors


Then there’s this image in the 2018 Color Forecast:

dining room with pink sherwin williams wall color and gold accents



And here’s the pink I chose for the guest room of the 2017 House for Hope:

house for hope teen bedroom with gold bed and black door

Color Design by The Decorologist, Room Design by Gina Julian


The Sherwin-Williams 2018 Color Forecast also includes this hue:


Which I specified for the House for Hope study:

house for hope home study with dark walls and light ceiling with gold and wood accents with oriental rugs and fur

Color Design – The Decorologist, Room Design – Trot Home


See what I mean? And it’s not just Sherwin-Williams. PPG got a leg up on the other paint companies by releasing the first “2018 Color of the Year” pick.

PPG 2018 color of the year black flame with teal couch and green pillows



And here’s my version:

boys bedroom with dark walls and red accents with a mirror

Color Design by The Decorologist, Room Design by Amanda Carlson


This is a room I specified over a year ago. The color I chose for the ceiling is similar to PPG’s hot color, but it reads lighter because the chandelier is shining on it in the photo:

room with dark ceiling and light walls with chandelier

Color Design by The Decorologist for Kole Custom Home Builders


PPG also owns Glidden and Olympic, and their 2018 Colors of the Year are off-blacks:

Glidden Deep Onyx


Which looks similar to this color design I did in 2016:

white living room with black ceiling and black front door

The Decorologist for Kole Custom Home Builders


Here it is in a gloss version, which reads lighter because of the light reflection of higher sheen:

blue bookcase with white walls and white fireplace

The Decorologist for Kole Custom Home Builders



And finally, Olympic tagged its Black Magic as 2018 Color of the Year:

Olympic black magic black window trim and black door

Olympic Black Magic on door and window


The siding color looks like these colors I specified recently:

spinach green game room with poster and light ceiling

Color and Room Design by The Decorologist



white bookcase with spinach green paint and gold accents

The Decorologist


And of course I’ve been specifying black for doors and windows for a couple of years, and it’s always a winner!

white hallway with whitewashed wood and black door

The Decorologist


white sunroom with black window trim and wooden beams

The Decorologist


Next time someone asks if a paint color I choose for them is going to still be on-trend next year, I can set their mind at ease and tell them I’m actually setting next year’s color trends! Maybe it’s all in my head, but I feel as though somebody is looking over my shoulder . . .

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48 thoughts on “Maybe (Just Maybe) I’m Setting the 2018 Color Trends?

  1. Joanne says:

    I love this, Kristie. In some of the photos, where your room colors and the predicted colors are similar but not exactly the same, I actually prefer your choices. Kudos!

  2. Paula Van Hoogen says:

    No, Kristie, I do not think you are being arrogant at all. If anything, It looks to me that the paint companies are the one’s with egg on their faces. They ought to at least in some way acknowledge- -TO YOU– that they are plagerizing your material.
    After all the internet is the only way they could possibly get a ” feel” for what is going on in the interior( and exterior) color world.
    But, alas, I know you are both humble and gracious enough to take this all as a high compliment, which you deserve!!!
    Touché Kristie!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      You are too kind, Paula! Although I have met Sherwin-Williams previous Color Marketing Director, they have a new one as of this year. Not sure where they get their ideas for new color trends – it would be interesting to know their process. Two years ago, I met with PPG’s Color Marketing Director, Misty Yeoman, who gave me a private presentation of PPG’s Voice of Color trends forecast when I was working with LP SmartSide creating new colors for their exterior residential products. She is a sharp lady and I see PPG as Sherwin-Williams prime competitor at this point!

    • Mary CC from CA ? says:

      I totally agree ! It’s time everyone in this industry gave the Decorologist credit ❤️ Love you Kristie !

  3. Diane says:

    It’s funny how that works! I’ve had gray walls and upholstery in every home since the 80’s!!! This is why having a natural instinct for color combinations makes being a designer so much fun! The photo with the blush pink walls and abstract art…I have that art piece in my staging inventory!!! Love your instinctive flair.

  4. Beverly Carlson says:

    Oh, My I keep hoping the gray will go by the wayside, That’s just me. I find it hard to stage with.

  5. Nancy Stinson says:

    Maybe not so over-your-shoulder so much Kristie as at your gorgeously professional blog. This feels too on-point to be mere coincidence but whether it is or it isn’t…seems to me this is not just the highest form of flattery but down-right shows the incredible force of talent that you are.

  6. Jacquie says:

    Kristie, When you’re good, you’re good! Enjoy the moment. 🙂 There will be enough of those in your future that will question your choices. I always enjoy reading your thoughts.

  7. Leslie says:

    That’s funny, I thought of you when I saw this in my Inbox yesterday! AD talking about black paint “…it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easy-going style that’s trending for 2018,” she says. “Black can be overlooked as a neutral color, but it works well on an accent wall or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim, and cabinets.”
    You are on point with all of it!! 🙂

  8. Laurel Bern says:

    WHAT??? Well, first of all your rooms are all gorgeous!!! But this is a little too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence. hmmm… And I presume that you’re not on their payroll in any way. hmmm… The other thing is that it looks like PPG’s Black Flame is a crib of Benjamin Moore’s Shadow. And yes, I’ve noticed too, that dark colors often read lighter in photos than they really are.

  9. Jenny B. says:

    Kristie, you have a great eye, that’s for sure! Isn’t it funny how trends spread? Boys on our basketball team are obsessed with bottle flipping (which I had never heard of until they started doing it), and then a blogger from a thousand miles away mentioned that her son and friends are also obsessed with it. I guess they could’ve all watched the same YouTube video, but sometimes trends just take on a life of their own. I think that happens a lot in the design world too. Anyway, Kristie, I think you have a great attitude, and yes, these new color trends are just proof that you know exactly what you are doing! 🙂

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Thanks, Jenny! You are right, trends travel at the speed of light it seems these days. I do think it’s very unfortunate that the paint companies are only willing to publicly align with or hire television celebrity designers, rather than those who are working in the real-life color trenches every day. It’s the way of the world, I suppose . . .

  10. Linda says:

    Wow! It looks like someone has been following your blog! How much closer could they get?!?
    I like the black door and other accents, but would find it very hard to do a ceiling in black unless it was very tall. I wish I had you to assist in choosing new colors for my huge 2 story den/kitchen/breakfast area!!

  11. Nicki says:

    You are not bragging; just stating the facts! I do think that THEY have found their ideas from YOU! Let’s face it — you’ve got the knack!

  12. Sherree L says:

    You are not being arrogant at all. It is obvious, and has been for some time, that you are extremely talented and you are THE trendsetter when it comes to choosing colors for a home. It could very well be that the paint companies are ‘scouting you out’ to see what you are suggesting. Well done!

  13. Sunny Penner Cox says:

    Wow! You know, when I read the recent Zillow study, my first thought was that they’d “really taken a page out of Kristie’s book,” but this clinches it: you are really having an impact on the way people see things! In principle I’m hmmming along with Laurel Bern, of course, but I have to say: you have really taught me, and many others (who will perhaps never be able to travel to TN for a class), so very many key principles over time. And sometimes this gift opens a little door for each of us to help somebody else with what we’ve learned. Like the lady I met while buying a piece of furniture on Craigslist, who told me she had started a non-profit to help people stage and refresh their homes, because she’d learned from the Decorologist what a difference it makes when people can see some color brighten up what God gave them! — It isn’t easy to be the one to make waves, or to be willing to become an expert, or to mentor – or to really impart new knowledge, but you are making. a. difference. There are sacrifices that pioneers like yourself make which no one else can understand, and one does not want one’s work to be swallowed up by big ol’ business, so please know & take to heart that it is how and why you (do and) teach what you do (and teach) that makes the deepest difference.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Wow, Sunny, I don’t hardly know how to respond to that. Except THANK YOU for that encouragement – it is an incredible blessing to me! There are so many times I wonder why I am still blogging after 8 years and 1000+ articles, and whether or not it matters anymore, but your words bring me back to the heart of why I started doing this in the first place. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend 🙂

  14. Debra says:

    Cry…your photos have vanished when I view on my iPhone . Only website with the problem. Heartbreak ? However it does highlight what a great writer you are.

  15. Traci says:

    All of these designs are gorgeous!! I have the same windows and doors as shown in that last photo in our house that’s under construction – can you please share the colors in that room??

    Thank you!!

  16. Allison says:

    Kristy, I have always liked crisp white ceilings and black is a fun idea too. But I just bought a house in Texas that has several different planes that turn gradually from the vertical walls to the the horizonal ceilings. As a result of the gradual transition from one plane to another, the actual horizontal ceiling is much smaller than the square footage of the room. Should I paint it all the same color rather than try to change colors between walls and ceiling? Will it look nice?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Yes, Allison, I would recommend that you use the same light wall color on the slants and actual ceiling plane! Maybe instead you could do black on the doors, base boards, or window trim instead to add some pop with black?

  17. Elena Bonavita says:

    Definitely not in your head, looks like they googled you when they were doing their research. They should have at least given you credit, your pictures look just as good if not better than theirs! Do you use special equipment or lights when taking your pictures? Or a professional photographer? I’m a home stager in Massachusetts and want to step up my online presence. Actually I’ve had the pleasure of meeting you at a staging convention last year in Florida. I’m a big fan of your work, and any advice would be extremely appreciated! Thanks for everything you do!!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Hi Elena! Thank you for the complement. I do have a nice camera – it’s a Canon EOS 5D. I NEVER use a flash or take photos with artificial lights on, because that always alters the color of the photos. I use Picasa to edit photos (which is no longer supported – but I still have what I’ve been using for years on my computer) by lightening and sometimes color correcting a bit. That being said, for some of my better work I do hire a pro photographer to take the final photos, because I am definitely NOT a professional photographer can’t always get the quality I want from my own shots. But, you have to be careful about real estate photographers using too-wide lenses that distort the photos. Plus, they always want to turn ALL the lights on in the house and they tend to take shots where the ceiling is dominant in the photos. If you find one that is reasonably priced who is open to taking direction as to the kind of shots you want, hold on to them! Thank you for commenting, Elena – I actually think I’m going to work up a blogpost on this very thing, so thank you for the inspiration!

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