Architectural Color Trends for 2018


We rely more heavily on our sight than on any other sense – we are almost always taking information in with our eyes.

So how many colors can the human eye see? 100,000 colors? 500,000 colors? 1,000,000 colors? The average human can see 10 million colors!

The Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international association that identifies the direction of color trends, uses the slogan, “Color sells, and the right color sells better.”

When it comes to color predictions and trends for each new year, everyone is releasing their new “it” color or shade, from the fashion scene to home décor to automotive to the architectural and construction industry. This includes Valspar; they do intense research to create distinct trends and themes for the architectural coatings industry.

Valspar’s color trends closely align with those of the CMG’s International Key Colors for 2018.

Trend One: Subtle metallic and mica sparkle have become the new neutrals. From silver to graphite to blue-tones, these standout hues are more matte metallic and offer refined sparkle. Established in Europe, CMG refers to this sparkle trend as Vapor.

Valspar refers to this color trend as the “Future Lux” trend. The color implications of this trend are derived from earth minerals. These subdued colors lend a feeling of permanence and trust, and when combined with the shimmer and shine of metal, create the unmistakable look of luxury.

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Trend Two: Gray – sophisticated, conservative and intelligent. As said by CMG, gray advances with a new identity, Evolve, from North America. Standing at 50% black, it feels extremely balanced and is a strong color for design schemes.

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It creates a subtle effect when paired against deep shades, toning them down. Combining gray with lighter shades adds just the right touch of sophistication.

Valspar includes shades of gray in its “Always On” color trend collection.

Trend Three: Crisp and clean, Re-Value, from Latin America, embraces a healthy green with blue roots. These are welcoming, nurturing color tones that take into account our love of the planet and our love of life.

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Valspar’s “Hit Pause” color collection closely resembles CMG’s Re-Value. The color implications of “Hit Pause” are rich tones and healing colors like Newborn’s Eyes and Prussian Blue. These shades help us recharge by ushering in new, positive energy

Trend Four: CMG’s final color trend for 2018 is Enjoy Life. Enjoy Life, from Asia Pacific, is pure and fresh. These are energizing and cheerful tones that symbolize the positivity of sunlight.

Trend Four-1Valspar’s “Life in Flex” colors like Marigold and Golden Bounty are bold, expressive colors that represent newness and light.

Collectively as a society, we all help create color trends, which shape our surroundings. These iconic colors of 2018 can all be provided by Linetec.

Explore Linetec’s Color Select and Spec tool, send us a sample, or contact your regional sales manager for guidance and assistance with your project.

Top Color Trends for 2013 – According to Valspar

Let’s start the year with a fresh set of paint color selections. Finding a perfect color for your project can be challenging. Valspar brings many inspirations, tips and tools to ease the color selection process.


“Color, like features, follow the changes of emotions.”  Pablo Picasso

Valspar has completed intense research, analysis and forecasting  to learn about the immediate and long terms goals of it’s market. These color trends are refined into sets of pallets that tell an overarching story.

They have found that we are moving into untested grounds. A place where things are not so simple and clear — and the boundaries are blurred. So as we explore different ways to deal with uncertainty, this gives us a sense of control, not just playful escape. It is our innate urge to live out and find ingenious ways to enrich our life, habitat and future.

Use of color is an important aspect of architecture can sometimes be overlooked.Colors and forms merge to develop energy, reflective of contemporary urban landscapes. Imposing structures can affect how we go about our everyday lives and can impact city living in a positive way.


Warm mica and metallic finishes have recently emerged within silver and gray colors.  Warm, pearlised painted aluminum are starting to take a stronghold. Brushed and polished aluminum finishes are also emerging as a newer trend.

Color-Matters_blackBlack is an elemental color for all creative’s with its striking aesthetics. An increased use of matte black and soft-touch blacks are surfacing through architectural  products and design. The dark black hue creates  a striking contrast with natural surroundings, particularly in areas where vegetation is rich.


Color-Matters_curve-appealThese bold colored hues drive trends of inspiration and experimental finishes. Carefully used bold colors in architecture bring another experience into the environment and space.  As colors are becoming more important in our lives, these bold hues are coming forward in architectural design.

Check out more information on the hot new colors for 2013 predicted by the Valspar color experts!

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