The Top House Paints of 2018

It’s that time again, to reflect on the end of another year, find out what worked and what didn’t, and try to learn what to expect for next year. At Ireland’s Finest, we obsess about paint, so of course our end-of-year reflections have to do with houses and the paint that goes on and in them. We know what we sold and which paints and styles were the most popular in Denver, but we wanted to know which color schemes and trends changed home décor schemes and spaces the most in 2018 before we move on to 2019.

Let’s go over a few of the hot, new painting and color schemes for houses all over the country and see if we can anticipate next year’s trends.

Black is Back

For many taste-makers and interior home decorating authorities, black was the ‘it’ color in 2018. That’s right. What was once considered ‘edgy’ is becoming normal fast. It’s probably because black goes with most everything and can be used to create cozy bedroom spaces or dramatic kitchen and bathroom looks. Black has also been used as an accent for moldings or even an occasional accent wall.

Deep Onyx

Not to be confused with black, this hue has been paired with natural wood to great effect in homes around the country. It creates a contrast in your interior color scheme that isn’t so stark it throws you off, yet when paired with the right furniture and accents, such as airy, hanging light fixtures in light colors, deep onyx creates a comforting atmosphere.

Berry Hues

Sometimes the ultimate natural look is also the most delicious. Many home interior decorators have turned to raspberries, blueberries, and even blackberries to inspire their color palettes. These deep, dark, yet bright and natural colors add a bit of cheer in the winter months without overpowering your interior décor in the summer. Many decorators laud berry colors for their versatility, with the ability to make striking interior style statements or a subtler, more subdued hue adding warmth (i.e. soft raspberry).


An example I wanted to highlight from the berry hues is caliente. This striking yet classy red makes a statement without blinding people when they come in the room. Sometimes, a striking color can be too bold, but interior decorators have fallen in love with caliente as a way to spice things up without burning it down.

Calm Blue-Green

Going in the other direction, many home decorators are using blue-green hues to calm a room down and add a bit of grounded and quiet energy to their home space. It’s a safe hue to use because many other colors fit with it and it doesn’t slap you in the face when you walk into a room.

On to 2019

2019 will undoubtedly see some bold new color schemes and new color mixes to fit with the ever-changing color preferences of homeowners. Expect to see more creative use of berry hues and black, with an ever-present counterpoint to bold berry colors in hues like the blue-green of 2018. And of course, be ready to be surprised.

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