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Colour Palettes

According to Elle Home the results for the coming year are in…..

Of all the design trends we look forward to most in the coming year, color holds a steady spot at the top of our list. After all, it sets the tone for what furniture we buy, what decor we invest in, and the overall mood for that design year.

Sherwin-Williams predicts that 2018 will embody the spirit of contemporary life with their three colour palettes: Affinity, Connectivity, and Sincerity. Each one is inspired by the collective culture of the moment — from fashion to technology — and captures the aura of a year that is bound to be full of progress.

Read on for the inspiration behind the brand's 36 colour predictions for the year ahead, and maybe even get a jumpstart!



This colour story of striking blue, animated fuchsia, and stabilizing brown, the Affinity palette is set to celebrate the connection of people and places.

“We’re remapping our sense of community, landlocked cities are becoming global hubs of crafts and gastronomy,” says Wadden, Sherwin-Williams' Director of Marketing. “Home and car sharing, as well as e-learning, have created a culture of everyday nomadism and the wanderlust-obsessed.”

Affinity is just like any good getaway: relaxed but full of unexpected fun. Decorate accordingly with a base of neutral browns and vibrant accent colors in an array of pinks and blues


The Connectivity palette draws from innovations in tech, including pixelated oranges, digital blues and greens, and high-def yellow.

“In Silicon Valley, Austin, Berlin and Beijing, techies are the new hippies, full of breakthrough ideas and utopian ideals,” Wadden says. “Connectivity is modern and playful, bringing in dark watery tones of blue that are balanced with neutrals, warm yellow and energetic purples.”


Minimalism isn't going anywhere in 2018. However, it is taking on a less structured look.

“With the Sincerity palette, silence is no longer empty, but instead is rare and rich with possibility,” says Wadden. “Sincerity is about mindful living and creating an environment to disconnect and recharge. Soft, washed neutrals, greens and sanctuary pinks work together to create harmony.”

Step away from the stark light and dark contrasts and embrace colour fluidity. This palette is all about ditching harsh lines for sandy browns, muted greys, and hazy greens that harmonize perfectly. Don't stress too much about sticking to a strict colour scheme, but instead let one organic shade blend into the next.


By Sara Tardiff
Jun 13, 2017

Natural softer, earthy colours are all set to take interior design schemes into the next year and what could be more ‘natural’ for pubs, clubs and restaurants than to choose colours that blend and are harmonious together.  For a couple of reasons. Firstly, that they suit our customers and our buildings.  In the main our building have a sense of historical reference and a muted palette will enhance and balance these natural elements to our existing framework.  The second reason is slightly more practical – as business people we don’t want to be refurbishing – repainting or re-financing every time fashion changes.  Our colour schemes need to stand the test of time, looking fresh, tasteful and current for a good while. Happily the fashionistas for 2018 agree!!