2018's Color of the Year Is Not What You Expect

Updated 10/13/17
Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2018
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We all get the desire to escape the world every once in a while (and these days perhaps more than usual). So it feels particularly timely that Sherwin-Williams announced its 2018 Color of the Year today: Oceanside—a fusion of rich blue and jewel-tone green that feels both familiar and foreign, a color that can make a room feel both cozy and nods to faraway destinations. “We have a growing sense of adventure, and it’s making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

“We are craving things that remind us of stories of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents—essentially, the color of wanderlust right in our own homes. Oceanside is an adventurous, versatile peacock blue.”

While it may seem a little bold at first, we promise the deep jewel tone isn’t as hard to work into your home as you’d think. Ahead, we’re highlighting eight rooms that prove the color is much more versatile than first impressions may indicate. Whether you’re looking to paint all fours walls and the ceiling or simply experiment with a boookcase, door, or piece of furniture, we’re showing you how to incorporate the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Color of the Year into your home—and pair it with virtually any hue, from ruby red to neon yellow. Grab your paintbrushes. Here are eight reasons to experiment with Sherwin-Williams’s Oceanside this year.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2018 — Living Room
Courtesy of Jeremiah Brent

Channel your inner Jeremiah Brent and dare to pair this dark, moody color with dramatic jewel tones like ruby red and emerald green.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2018 — Oceanside
Alyssa Rosenheck

Teal works well with a variety of colors, but we especially love it paired with a mix of deep purple, blush pink, and emerald green.

Best Teal Paint Colors
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Do as interior design firm Studio McGee and create faux wall paneling before painting to give your wall some dimension and texture. This works especially well with dark and moody colors.

Teal Paint Colors
Amy Bartlam

Even if you’re color averse, you can nail down the teal wall look by pairing it with neutral tones like ivory, black, and shades of gray.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2018 — Dining Room
Courtesy of The Greenwich Hotel

Don’t want to paint the entire room teal? Try only painting a built-in bookcase à la this penthouse suite at The Greenwich Hotel.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2018 — Bookcase
Courtesy of Hernandez Greene

Pair the dark and dramatic tone with light walls and a bright pop of neon yellow to counterbalance the color and make it feel fresh and vibrant.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2018 — Bedroom
Brittany Ambridge

Paint your entire bedroom in the color—even the ceiling—to make it feel extra cozy. This works especially well in small rooms with little natural light.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2018 — Headboard
Courtesy of Studio Ashby

Are you hesitating to paint your walls such a dark color? Try painting a piece of furniture instead, like a headboard or dresser. That way you can enjoy the color without too much commitment.

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