Rick BissonClaude Monet, founder of French Impressionistic painting, once said, “Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” His passion for documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times to capture the changing light and passing seasons.

Monet’s quote and style of capturing the ever-changing effects of light carry into the modern-day obsession, joy and torment of selecting the perfect color palette, or even a single color, to accent a room’s function and lighting.

Fortunately, each year the Pantone Color Institute, a color management company, and the major paint manufacturers provide color selection guidance. Below is a glimpse into this year’s colors forecast to influence the design world in 2018.

Pantone announced “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” called Ultra Violet as its color pick for 2018. Ultra Violet “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

According to Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone, “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than what’s trending in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente, is “a spirited personality of red – strong, radiant and full of energy.”

Ellen O’Neill, creative director of Benjamin Moore says, “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.”

The company also shared a palette of 23 colors they recommend pairing with Caliente, which include other tones like “smoked oyster” and “saddle soap.”

Pittsburg Paint’s Color of the Year, Black Flame is “a statement-making black, infused with an undertone of the deepest indigo … Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other décor elements to take center stage. It’s a fantastic blend of black and indigo, two classic hues. Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the indigo offers possibility and a deep hopefulness.

“The blend of two colors makes it incredibly versatile – use it on a statement wall, with a matte finish on a ceiling, with high gloss on a naturally-lit staircase, on cabinets, interior and exterior doors and in many more places. The versatile hue can also provide strength and a modern luxe vibe to spaces with a lot of whites, blush pinks and soft pastels.”

Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year, Oceanside, is “a collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive. A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting — making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

“Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook. Oceanside is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.”

Aside from Pantone’s Greenery, the 2017 Color of the Year choices were cool neutrals. This year’s choices are full of energy, charisma and vitality.

It’s worth pointing out that the yearly trends in paint colors may be perfect for some interior enhancements. However, homeowners preparing a home for sale should stick with a more cautious palette. Pick colors on the softer, subtle spectrum of the year’s color wheel. This approach allows the buyer to picture themselves in the home with visions of their own color scheme. For advice on color selection when preparing a home for sale, consult with your trusted, expert Realtor and interior designer. Their experience in preparing a home to sell will maximize your home’s value to buyers.

This column is produced by Rick Bisson and his family, who own Bisson Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty of Midcoast and Sugarloaf.

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