Colours to Covet - Top 5 Paint Trends for 2018


Forget grey, say goodbye to white; when it comes to your walls we’re talking colour, colour and more colour!

Slowly infiltrating interior trends over the past few seasons, patterns and vibrant tones are fast becoming the go-to for creating a home that is big on personality and style. And next year looks to be no different! 2018 is set to inject a spectrum of tonal trends into our home schemes, and the easiest way to translate these is on to your walls in the form of paint. Now, we know it’s not easy to make that transition to bold colour, especially when muted schemes have been a force in interiors for so long. So, we’ve done the legwork for you by scouting around for the next season of must-have paint colours; just add masking tape, a paintbrush and you’re good to go! 

From vibrant shades that pack a punch, to soothing tones that invite calm into the home, we’ve looked to some of the UK’s leading paint brands for inspiration. So read on and let us know which colour you’ll be brave enough to covet in 2018!


1. Valspar - Rustic Wicker

We’re kicking off proceedings with this colour because, let’s be honest, it’s seeing one of the biggest comebacks in interiors since skirted tables and feature wallpaper. Rising from the ashes following a decade of over use (in our opinion, entirely accountable to the popular 90’s hit makeover show, Changing Rooms), this warming shade is now all grown up and set to take precedent in our homes for 2018 in a big way. Valspar looks to this fiery palette in its latest paint trend round up, with the burnt terracotta hues of the Rustic Wicker and Fire Within colours working effortlessly to create a space that is as inviting as it is invigorating.

Harriet Knight, Brand Manger, Valspar:
“Terracotta tones are one of this season’s top interior trends and are an ideal way to add warmth to the home as we leave summer behind. Toasted colours are authentic, warm and versatile and with Valspar’s wide spectrum of over 2,000 pre-set shades, you can choose from bold burnt oranges and coppers to calming browns and dusty reds to ensure your home is ready for autumn. Offset these tones with textured accessories in neutral colours to bring the trend to life.”

Valspar Premium Blend v700™ Walls & Ceilings, RRP £28.00 for 2.5L. Available from B&Q

2. Dulux - Heart Wood

Dulux’s much-anticipated Colour of the Year often sets the benchmark for paint trends, and the brand’s latest tonal offering for 2018 is no different. An unexpected mix of delicate and earthy, Heart Wood has been revealed as next year’s go-to paint shade for adorning our walls and surfaces.  Described as “bringing balance and versatility” to interior environments, Dulux’s Colour of the Year is evocative of natural textures such as leather and wood, combined with the delicacy of softer shades including cocoa and heather. We’ll be teaming Heart Wood with rich navy tones and splashes of gold to give the palette a feel of lived-in luxury.

Dulux Paint Mixing Easycare Washable & Tough Matt, from £31.49 for 2.5L

3. Benjamin Moore - Caliente

Another contender for Colour of the Year 2018 is leading American paint brand, Benjamin Moore. In a bold contradiction to the earthen hues of Heart Wood and Fire Within (although actually staying within the same colour family), Caliente has been revealed as Benjamin Moore’s headlining colour. Described as a “warm, enveloping and seductive hue” this powerful red tone is not one for the colour shy! When paired with crisp white, the red’s vibrancy pops off the wall with maximum impact, but for a more homely look, the richness of Caliente can be toned down by teaming with natural wood and other complementary colours in the brand’s corresponding palette of 22 enlivening hues. 

Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence:
“Strong, radiant, full of energy, Caliente is total confidence. It’s the signature colour of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.” 

Prices start from £20.50 for 0.94L of paint from the Regal Select Flat range

4. Farrow & Ball - Studio Green

Next in our roundup of paint trends is the darkest of Farrow & Ball’s green hues, Studio Green. We love the contemporary update of this typically heritage hue, one that will create depth in contemporary spaces and also bring to life period features. Although the darkness of this colour may initially be overwhelming, Farrow & Ball explain that the rich pigments respond extraordinarily to different lights in the home, appearing lighter and greener in brighter situations and almost black in darker corners and less well lit spaces. This ensures that it will never look flat or too harsh in tone, and we love it! 

£43.50 for 2.5L Estate Emulsion

5. Little Greene - Aquamarine

Last but by no means least is the lightest of our paint picks, Little Greene’s Aquamarine. A playful and light-hearted shade, the cool minty-ness of this colour evokes a sense of tranquillity that lends it wonderfully to functional spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms. The introduction of blue / green undertones ensures that it doesn’t fall into the sickly sweet category, making it the perfect partner for contemporary spaces. We suggest combining an Aquamarine painted wall with dark woods and black contrasting accents, offset with shades of putty pink and off white. 

£47.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Matt Emulsion