2018 Color of the Year Predictions Indicate Black, Black, Blue

Three paint companies picked the "misunderstood neutral," while another chose a calming blue-green hue
By Symone Garvett

Paint companies have started announcing their color trend reports and famous color of the year forecasts for the upcoming year. So far, three brands, PPG Paints, Glidden, and Olympic, have chosen to bring back the original neutral with three different shades of black, while Behr chose to go a different direction with a warming blue-green hue.

In mid-June, PPG Paints launched Black Flame, a lighter black with tones of indigo. The color was unanimously chosen by 20 color experts from around the world to hopefully become the "new neutral."

Olympic Paint unveiled its 2018 Color of the Year, Black Magic, at the same time. Explained as an “often misunderstood neutral,” this shade of black aims to contradict the soft grays and blush pinks trending in 2017.