Pantone Interior Colors of 2018: And the Winners Are …

Greenery is so 2017 – see what hues are hot for the home in the New Year

Frosted Almond and Ruby Wine will be among the breakout stars that the Pantone Color Institute predicts will be popular in homes in 2018. People will gravitate towards metallics, anything pearlized and translucent. And – sorry, pastels – intense colors. To help create a modern cohesive look in the home, the experts came up with eight distinctive palettes that they boast “break free from traditional thinking.” Considering painting the living room, purchasing new bedding, or even buying a new set of dishes? First take a look at the colors and fresh combinations that Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman suggests will be everywhere in 2018.


Just as you’d expect, this collection looks like a bountiful vegetable garden bursting with earthy greens, golds and purples, plus a few bright and contrasting shades. Color names like Celery and Foliage are featured in a palette that Eiseman refers to as “symbolic of health.”


Take a look at the color wheel and you’ll see why complementary hues like blue and orange look so good together. This exotic palette cleverly brings different shades of this knockout pair together. Says Eiseman, “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at it.”

Pantone Minion Yellow

Bold, playful colors will be popular in 2018, including Minion Yellow, inspired by the popular “Despicable Me” franchise.


Like the best-ever candy store, this palette is brimming with bright, whimsical, and irresistible colors. Minion Yellow, Lime Popsicle and Green Flash are a few of the happy hues that energize this combination.


Everyone needs some discretion in their lives. And this subtle, sophisticated group is a great way to achieve it. Low-key pinks with names like Hawthorne Rose, Elderberry and Burnished Lilac work with deeper tones so the look is new, not nostalgic. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” Eiseman says.


It may seem like a head-scratcher when you see Iced Coffee (brown), Ruby Wine and Cornsilk (yellow) in a mashup with blue-gray and rose shades, but they all work together to create a fresh vibrant look. Eiseman says the palette “reaches out and embraces many different cultures.”


Metallics like silver and copper take center stage in this detail-inspired collection. To keep these modern neutrals from fading into the background, colors like Holly Berry (red) and Sulphur (yellow) add effusive energy.

Pantone Ultra Violet

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet


Eiseman characterizes this eclectic grouping as possessing “a certain strength, power, depth and sophistication.” But to balance the green, red, purple, and blue shades, black and gold are part of the gang to lend a quiet calm.


If you’re expecting some razzle-dazzle, here it is. These shades seem to “shine from within,” Eiseman says. Bright turquoise, purple, and pink combine with vibrant blue, green, fuchsia and purple. And when anchored by white and Frosted Almond they’re for a striking, contemporary palette.

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