10 hot paint trends for 2018

From colour combos, to new shades and inspired paint effects, we look at the hottest paint trends for this year

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Gone are the days of slapping some magnolia on every wall and only repeating the process when the scuffs or marks become an eyesore. Our homes can change as frequently as our wardrobes and even if you don't consider yourself a trendsetter, a new lick of paint or embracing a new colour palette will make all the difference to the look and atmosphere of a room.

This year a few signature styles are getting a 21st-century makeover. Burnt oranges and browns are back, bringing with them a 70s revival with a modern touch.

So whether you want to decorate in the latest shade, or create a new feel in an old room, here are this year's hottest paint trends.

1. New blues

Invigorating, brightening and surprisingly warm, crisp light blues will bring cheer to even the gloomiest of rooms. This season's blues take a cue from nature, whether that be the deep tones of minerals or sea foam shades.

Keep the look cosy with wood and other natural materials, or cheer it up with yellow, orange and metallic accessories.

Burbidge and Son Otto kitchen in teal and concrete

This bespoke kitchen from the Otto range at Burbidge & Son combines a stunning teal with concrete-look cabinets

(Image: © Burbidge & Son)

surf and sea inspired teenage girl's bedroom with painted loft bed by Benjamin Moore

This teen's bedroom is a grown up take on a seaside theme with surf inspired decor and colours. The walls are painted in Bird's Egg and the trim, Ice Mist with a range of ocean coloured greens and blues for the feature storage bed. All paint from Benjamin Moore

(Image: © Benjamin Moore)

2. Colour blocking

Big in the world of fashion, colour blocking is making waves in interiors too this season. You can either choose complementary shades for a sophisticated look, or be bold with clashing colours that really offset one another. 

Popular colour combos include green and pink; pastel hued pairings; and hot pink with bold blue, purple or orange. Don't feel restricted to two shades.

Be sure to use masking tape for crisp, straight lines.

Dulux colour blocking in soft pink and purple shades including pink parchment, heartwood and sapphire springs

A natural pairing of Parchment Pink and Heart Wood (the dusky purple) includes a surprising pop of Sapphire Springs 1 to create a border between the two, in this scheme from Dulux

(Image: © Dulux)

3. Botanical green

Lush greens are allover the place, closely snapping at the heels of the botanicals trend.  From zingy limes to calming sage, the breadth of shades means there is something for everyone. And, as we automatically associate the colour with nature, it really is strong contender for anyone looking to create a serene and restful space.

Button & Sprung Primrose double bed frame in Fuchsia brushed cotton

Button & Sprung Primrose double bed frame in Fuchsia brushed cotton in front of a bright green wall. For similar, try Enchanted Eden by Dulux

(Image: © Button & Sprung)

4. The dark side

Slate grey and black are still sticking around, but if you want to create a moody interior with a difference, there are a whole host of inky blues, greens and purples to choose from. 

For maximum drama, choose furniture, flooring and curtains to match the walls. Then accent the look with pops of colour, metallics or hints of white.

teal blue velvet sofa in front of teal blue walls

Neptune walls painted in Teal emulsion, with Olivia grand sofa in Isla Kingfisher velvet and Fitzroy lamp, alongside Keswick console table

(Image: © Neptune)

navy blue velvet sofa and navy walls in a living room

This living room from Dunelm pairs dark blue walls, sofa and curtains for an opulent look

(Image: © Dunelm)

5. Blush pink

Embrace the déjà vu – yes, blush pink is here for another season to soften our schemes and soothe our souls. It's enduring popularity can be attributed to its versatility. It can be worked in to traditional schemes or add a bit of retro glam to a sleek, modern home. Peachier pinks are proving popular and work well with the trend towards earthy pastels.

For an edgier look, pair with black and metallics, or try a Scandi-inspired vibe of layered textures, sheep skins and pale wooden furniture.

blush pink bedroom with blue velvet bed

This romantic bedroom from Sainsbury's Home perfectly balances blush pink and a range of blues

(Image: © Sainsbury's Home)

6. Updated oranges

Warm, welcoming and bold, oranges range from terracotta to shocking acid shades. They are ideal for cosy living spaces, bright kid's rooms and contemporary kitchen diners.

Orange can really offer a much needed glow to a north-facing room. Temper it with accessories and furniture in cooler, or neutral shades such as grey, blue and white. Or, go full 70s revival and combine with other earthy colours and glam metallics.

Orange and earth coloured living room with velvet sofa from Dulux

The rich but natural tone of the orange wall in this room from Dulux helps ground together striking elements such as the statement sofa and tables. If you don't want to splash orange allover the walls, consider this season's must-have velvet sofa in 'burnt sienna'

(Image: © Dulux)

7. Earthy pastels

While sweetshop pinks, purples, corals and mint greens never go out of fashion, pastels have had a grown-up makeover this season. Earthier pastels take the lead for a look that is less saccharine and more mellow. Pair with black for a punchy look, or tie in to a Scandinavian-style scheme. These shades also work well together if you want to colour block.

Farrow and ball Pink Ground with earthy pastel accessories

Avoid a sugar rush with Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball, pictured here with other muted pastels

(Image: © Farrow & Ball)

8. Purple power

Vibrant, moody or ethereal – purple is the most mercurial of colours, which makes picking the right shade for your room vital. While heather, lavender and dove shades have been popular for the last few years, more daring aubergines and violets are hitting the interiors scene. Colour-clash with unexpected shades for a more impactful look.

Dulux colour of the year Heart Wood in a bedroom with colour blocking to create a feature wall

For a more calming look, bold violet has been colour blocked with Dulux colour of the year Heart Wood and softer lilac tones

(Image: © Dulux)

9. Hello yellow

Use even the coolest of yellow tones and your home will be flooded with warm and welcoming light all year round. If you are scared of a bold yellow, choose a muted buttermilk and pair with a palette of neutral fabrics and accessories to keep it in check. Or be brave and embrace the pop with sunflower or lemon.

Grey works really well with yellow and can be a great colour choice when it comes to picking furniture and fabrics. It offers you an easy base tone to mix with a different colour down the line, should you wish to.

Yellow and grey bathroom with white plantation shutters and freestanding bath

This bathroom with half-height poplar wood shutters from California Shutters  perfectly mixes sunshine yellow into a classic scheme. For similar try Happy Daze by Crown

(Image: © California Shutters)

sunflower yellow paint from Lakeland in a modern bathroom

Sunflower yellow from Lakeland Paints is sure to wake you up while taking a morning bath in this modern bathroom

(Image: © Lakeland Paints)

10. Modern neutrals

Don't berate yourself for playing it safe with white walls. Off-white, pale biscuit shades and barely-there greys are the perfect backdrop for any scheme and great for people who like their walls to be a canvas on which to paint the latest interiors trend every season. White is also guaranteed to optimise light in any room, making it feel fresh and cheery.

If warmth might be lacking, lean towards a white with a hint of yellow, brown or pink to prevent the room feeling cold and stark. To amp up the cosiness even more, fill the room with rustic wood, and natural textures like linen, wicker and wool.

corridor in a cottage with Country Living carpet from Carpetright

White was a natural choice in this cottage corridor. It prevents the space feeling dingy, and allows the architecture of the building to take centre stage. The carpet is from the Country Living collection at Carpetright

(Image: © Carpetright)

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