Dutch Boy Paints’ Color of the Year 2018

Sandstone Tint (441-2DB) is Dutch Boy Paints’ Color of the Year for 2018  (COTY). This warmer neutral emerges as the leading color from a four-trend color story that draws inspiration from current cultural happenings such as travel, diversity, technology  and home decor.

Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | Color Trends

“Our 2018 Color Forecast for Dutch Boy Paints takes a deeper dive into the way we see and experience the past, present and future, and how each impacts our daily lives,” said Rachel Skafidas, Color and Design Manager, Dutch Boy Paints. “We chose Sandstone Tint as the 2018 Color of the Year as it captures the essence of our ever-evolving world. Its adaptability is another reason we love it so much: it can serve as a blank canvas for bold or neutral color pairings and everything in-between. At Dutch Boy Paints, we want to offer our consumers versatile paint colors that can easily be incorporated into their homes, no matter their personality or desired design aesthetic.”

Sandstone feels brighter and more modern than previous COTY choices Simply White and Alabaster  and will pair incredibly well with some of the other trending colors of the moment.

Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | Paint Color Trends

If you’re thinking about painting the exterior of your home, using the COTYs 2018  from both Behr and Dutch Boy Paints is a winning combination.

Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | Color Trends

When applied to more intimate spaces, like a bedroom, Sandstone Tint creates a restful zen oasis that is as calming as it is beautiful.

Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | Cabinet color paint trends

Sandstone Tint looks terrific paired with items like weathered wood, hand-crafted terracotta and metallic accessories, and transform spaces with an understated elegance.

Dutch Boy Paints Four-Trend Color Story

The four trends that make-up the Dutch Boy Paints 2018 Color Trends Forecast are Quest, Embrace, Merge and Simply.


Quest features an earthy color palette of shades ranging from light greige to dark gray, centered around varying shades of blue. These disarmingly simple yet complimentary hues are as classic as they are sophisticated. Use colors from this palette in the kitchen on both the walls and cabinets to create a space that’s modern in both look and feel.

Dutch Boy Paints Color of The Year 2018 Sandstone Tint | KitchAnn Style


The color palette of Embrace has limitless possibilities, offering DIYers the opportunity to express themselves through color in ways that they may not have previously considered. This trend merges neutrals with unexpected pops of burnt orange and vibrant red. Contrast lighter shades with dark grays, and create graphic wall art to make the space unforgettable for entertaining and gathering spaces around the home.

Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | KitchAnn Style


Hues found in man-made technology and nature come together to form a twilight color palette made up of vibrant blues, dark greens and charcoal tones paired with warm marigold yellows and plum purples. Delivering a full-range of color, the Merge color palette has the ability to transform the space where they are applied.

Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | KitchAnn Style


Simply features warm tones of muted pink, charcoal gray and clay red. This trend palette represents detoxing from our digital lives and taking a closer look at the sustenance our minds and bodies need. Incorporate this palette into the bedroom to create a space that allows for both relaxation and regeneration.


Dutch Boy Color of The Year Sandstone Tint | KitchAnn Style

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