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The Top Paint Colors for 2018

If you're looking to spruce up the kitchen, living room or even your home's exterior, choosing paint colors can be a difficult task. Before you pull out the paint brush, here are nine of the top paint colors for 2018.

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Bold BluesLEKSTOCK 3D/Shutterstock

Bold Blues

If you like blues, you’re in luck. Paint layers of blues from sky blue to digital blue to create a calm feeling in a bedroom or bathroom. Watery tones work well with neutrals, so accent those blues with wood furniture, along with grays and beige.

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Mustard Yellow HouseArtazum/Shutterstock

Mustard Yellow

This isn’t your grandmother’s old harvest gold. Mustard yellow gives a sophisticated and warm look to a room, especially when paired with a beautiful wood floor. This yellow hue will also work well as an exterior color paired with brown and white trim.

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Petal Pink

Petal Pinks

Don’t discount pink! Muted pink walls paired with metal accents such as brass and chrome give a room a modern look with a touch of class.

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Dark walls, such as black and deep charcoal gray will continue to be everywhere in 2018. Try black as an accent wall in the bedroom, living room or the study/office. Black works as a neutral so pair it with an unexpected color for a fresh twist.

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Green WallAfrica Studio/Shutterstock


While the days of dark forest green are over, greens will still make their appearance in the 2018 paint color palette. Go bold with a tech green in an office or study, or try a softer pastel green in a living room or kitchen.

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Aqua HouseSundry Photography/Shutterstock


Not quite blue and not quite green, aqua will be all over in 2018. As an exterior paint color, aqua pairs well with both ivory and white. Inside, try using aqua in a bathroom or in a room paired with darker accents and furniture.

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Orange Wallarchideaphoto/Shutterstock


Orange doesn’t have to scream “The 1970s were here.” Try a muted orange paired with neutrals for a look to coincide with your home’s minimalist decor.

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White HouseNagel Photography/Shutterstock

Black and White

The combination of black and a crisp white will never go out of style. Try using the two inside your home or use a snow-white hue to update your home’s exterior.

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Brown Wallnoreefly/Shutterstock


Use brown as a base on walls and add vibrant accents to make the space pop. Try pairing browns with pinks, blues and bold greens or try pairing it with a stone accent wall.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.