“Caliente is the signature color 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.”
—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.
What does it take to go from 3,500 colors to one color of the year? More than you can imagine.
The Benjamin Moore Color and Design Team (which is a team of 7) spend 12 months and travel all over the world to analyze and observe colors, trends, textures, art, architecture, and more to pull together a comprehensive list of color trends for the upcoming year. This team of experts visited 12 countries and over 30 cities to find the one, perfect paint color for 2018, and 22 complimentary colors to make up the 2018 Color Trends palette. This year, the color is red. “Red is radical, it signifies change and strength. Red is dramatic, red is happy, red is smart, red is desire, red is primary, red is symbolic, red is confidante”… Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy.
The color palette that compliments this smart, happy and confident color ranges from a soothing, pale pink (Pleasant Pink) to a bold, saturated black (Black Beauty) and every shade and tone in between.
Over the past year, we have seen a revival of pinks, blush, and blacks in design, so it is no surprise to see these colors appear on the list. When picking a color like pink, or black to use on your walls or other projects, we always suggest talking with a someone on our design team to help you match coordinating, complimenting colors. We also always suggest the importance of color testing. Come to either Budeke’s location and get a sample of the color you are going to use. Look at it on the walls in various lights and times of the day.
We have been helping Baltimore choose the perfect shade of paint for their DIYs for over 150 years. We love helping people from conception to completion on all their painting projects. A lot goes into a painting— from choosing the right brush and roller to understanding the different tones that can exist within each hue. Did you know you can make all paint lighter or darker? Having an experienced paint professional guide you through the tinting and mixing process is paramount.
So, how can we help you use one of this year’s Color Trend colors?