Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year 2018

Dunn-Edwards 2018 Color of the Year, The Green Hour, draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century Paris, when 5 o’clock became known as “The Green Hour” due to the popularity of absinthe.

I couldn’t resist adding one more color to the COTY lineup. How can you blame me?  It’s fun to look at pretty pictures.

If you live in the Eastern United States, you might not know this next paint brand – but maybe you should. Dunn-Edwards has been manufacturing paint in the Southwestern U.S. since 1925.

Back in June Dunn-Edwards put together a Color Forecast and Trend report with 5 palettes. They recognize the continued pursuits toward individuality, living a creative and authentic life, and following dreams.

Dunn-Edwards 2018 Trend Report contains 5 palettes for the coming year

The detailed report is 147 pages long. You can check it out here. Choosing a rich color within the green  spectrum that echoed calls for adventure from faraway lands made sense  for Dunn-Edwards moving into the next year.

The Green Hour

The Green Hour is a vibrant green that embodies individual spirit and adventure.

Dunn-EdwardsColor of the Year for 2018 ‘The Green Hour’ is a darker shade of grayed blue-green. “This stunning color has dual personalities of being moody, dramatic and intense, while still grounding and tranquil, acting as a neutral,” explained Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards.

Variations of this hue have been trending for the past couple of years and it’s influence can be seen other Color of the Year picks from Behr and Sherwin-Williams.

The name comes from the custom of drinking absinthe in Parisian bars, bistros and cafés beginning in the early 1800s and continuing through the turn of the century. The hour of 5 p.m. was called l’heure verte, or The Green Hour, signaling an increase in absinthe drinking into the late evening hours. Artists, writers and other creative types were regulars at The Green Hour.

Teal Color Trend

Green has been trendin for a while so it's no surprise to see this gray-ed blue green selected by Dunn-Edwards

Dark teal kitchen cabinets are becoming the new go-to for designers and homeowners. The deep and rich blue-green hue looks gorgeous when paired with a variety of hardware choices, color palettes and kitchen aesthetics from modern to country—no one wonder it’s a favorite.

Loving this concpetual bedroom from Behance with The Green Hour inspirational wall.

The Green Hour is very versatile, pairing well with other moody deep colors, like blackened red, peacock blue, brown, purple and black.

Consider using a custom grout color to add more ambiance to your bath.

“Art Deco and Craftsman styles, both rich in history and color, provide a relevant re-imagining of these noteworthy colors, evoking moods of luxury and refinement.” Mixing a custom grout color transforms a simple penny round tilled bath into an upscale environment.

Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year 2018

For an Art Deco inspiration, Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards suggests pairing The Green Hour with rose, light cool gray, olive green, rose and red. Or for a Craftsman look, accent with chocolate brown, beige, mustard and rust.

The Green Hour is a stunning color to accent the outside of your home.

The Green Hour is stunning as an accent on a home’s exterior, especially if the house is a neutral gray or taupe

Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year 2018 wall inspiration

With so many terrific paper companies these days, you can work The Green Hour into your personal design aesthetic quite easily.