Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color Of The Year Is Red-Hot


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

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2018 design is already heating up — at least, for Benjamin Moore.

This week, industry insiders were invited to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan to see Benjamin Moore’s pick for the 2018 color of the year. There was a subtle hint in the museum’s main gallery–the color of the roses–but nothing was confirmed until the big announcement. The news was delivered via projection onto the Guggenheim’s interior spiral walls, where a video depicting the path to selecting the color revealed the 2018 “it” hue: Caliente AF-290.

According to Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s director of strategic design intelligence, the color is “[s]trong, radiant, and full of energy” and “makes people feel special, like [they’re getting the] ‘red carpet treatment.’”

Not only did the company reveal its latest trendy pick, however, it also released an additional color palette of 22 hues that pair with or play off Caliente (see below).

Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

After searching the globe for a year, the company found “an emergence of red hues, embodying the change, strength, confidence and vitality that permeates cultural movements around the world.”

To see how these colors can integrate into your design, visit the independently owned Benjamin Moore stores. For an interactive view on how the colors complement each other, you can use the company’s color spectrum to explore potential options. (For instance, Caliente pairs well with Millington Gold and Jonesboro Cream.)

Here at Luxe, we are also gearing up for 2018. Get a first look at our exciting news here (hint: it has something in common with Caliente).

If you’re a big fan of Caliente, here are 18 rooms that provide inspiration on how to incorporate reds into the home.


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

As interior designer Suzanne Tucker approached the design of the house–built in 1908 and situated a half-dozen blocks away–she was presented with the opportunity to reimagine some of the statement-making pieces that, her late boss and legendary designer, Michael Taylor originally discovered. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

Crimson leather cubes and bold artwork in the entry set the tone for the modern, red-accented Ritz-Carlton condo. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

Vivid carmine red Opaci-Coat-300 coating covers the kitchen’s backsplash, a bold contrast to the Carrara marble countertops from M S International. More vibrant color comes from the chairs that gather around the Platner dining table, all from Design Within Reach. The pendant light is from Harold’s Lighting. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

Chairs from Baker in a Beacon Hill fabric gather around a custom Timothy Corrigan Home table in the dining room. An eight-arm chandelier from Quadrus Studio hangs above. Artworks purchased by the clients in Thailand are offset by a boldly colored parchment wallpaper from Jacobsen & Balla. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

The master bathroom mirror slides open to reveal more storage. A custom Oceanside Glasstile mosaic pattern from Ambiente European Tile Design provides a punch of color. The Hansgrohe faucet and St. Thomas Creations sink are from Keller Supply Company. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

Shifts in color break up the open living plan. Minton-Spidell chairs, covered in a Sabina Fay Braxton velvet and a Clarence House paisley, encircle a Hickory Chair dining table. Draperies are by Zoffany, and chandeliers are from Murray’s Iron Works. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

Architect Elizabeth Metz designed the cabinetry in the kitchen, which houses Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, Sharp, Liebherr and Vent-A-Hood appliances from BAC Appliance Center. Hancock & Moore stools from Hoff Miller pull up to the island. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

The goal was to create something fun and family friendly that didn’t shy away from the homeowners’ favorite shades: deep oranges, purples and greens. “She was really open to doing crazy things,” says Palazzo of her client. “She has no fear of color.” (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

A 1950s-style sofa lends an eclectic aesthetic to the living room. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

A Minton-Spidell desk against a mirrored wall and an antique Persian Bidjar from Abrash Rugs, as well as the mixed media artwork by Rene Alvarado, are reasons to pause and admire the entry. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

William Ohs designer Angela Otten crafted a kitchen that functions for cooking and entertaining, feels cozy within the larger great room and ranks high on the design meter. Cabinetry was crafted by William Ohs, and Artistic Tile’s red backsplash is from Decorative Materials. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

In Greystone Mansion, custom red silk drapes and a runner from Kyle Bunting grace this gallery designed by Timothy Corrigan. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

The Le Corbusier chair and ottoman in a guest bedroom echo the bold red tones found in Sorg’s abstract paintings. The bed is by Poliform, and the light fixtures are from Illuminations. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

A cherry red French Morice stove purchased at Arizona Wholesale brings a spot of color to the all-white kitchen, creating a distinct centerpiece of the space. The hue is picked up in the decorative tile backsplash on the wall behind it. (Tour the home)


The great room’s Jeld-Wen windows offer expanded panoramic views; a Swaim sofa from Hoff Miller and a Brueton lounge chair offer front-row seats atop a custom-designed rug from Allure Custom Rug Manufacturer. A flat-screen television rises from a hidden compartment in the fireplace hearth. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

The family room’s cozy seating arrangement includes sectional sofas by Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth covered in Barbara Barry’s Gros Point for Kravet. A pair of Taylor King club chairs in Ralph Lauren Home’s Balines herringbone and a custom zebra hide ottoman by The Trophy Room Collection set the tone for a family friendly space. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

A red wall, the focal point of the dining room, lends its hue to other aspects of the room. (Tour the home)


Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the Year

The tropical feel in the living room is promoted by Bielecky Brothers teak-stained rattan chairs, Cambodian throw pillows and a variety of red hues infused across a Venetian plaster wall. The custom sofa and chaise from JM Upholstery are positioned for gazing at the sea, with the custom beveled mirror from J. Pocker & Son set to reflect the view into the kitchen. The window treatment netting fabric is by Kelly Hoppen. (Tour the home)