Move over light, cool hues — 2018's top home colors are shades of red, orange and pink.

Share story

While it seems like white, gray and other cool neutrals have taken over many shelter magazines and blogs in the past few seasons, there’s starting to be little rise in temperature.

Here and there, dollops of hothouse pink, sultry red and sunset orange are showing up in decorative accessories, rugs and upholstery.

Paint that pops

Misty Yeomans, PPG’s color marketing manager for Glidden paint, says a recent company survey found that red is one of the most popular paint colors. That may be because of its range.

“Each red can give off different impressions,” she says. “A dark red implies sophistication, whereas bright red can be considered more powerful and romantic.”

Designers have named Benjamin Moore’s Exotic Red, Sherwin-Williams’ Heartthrob, and Farrow and Ball’s Rectory Red among their favorite versions. Benjamin Moore just named Caliente, a rich spitfire of a red, as its Color of the Year.

“Looking ahead to 2018, we’re seeing a shift toward burgundy, and oranges are becoming brighter,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG’s senior color marketing manager.

Orange hues, such as Olympic Paints’ Orange Poppy and PPG Paints’ Caramelized Orange, are cheerful and contemporary, she says.

Adding ‘heat’

Color specialist Leatrice Eiseman, author of  “The Complete Color Harmony: Pantone Edition,” says décor trends are often an outgrowth of a desire for change. “And color can certainly provide the spark, specifically in the more vivid tones.”

There are lots of ways to bring these energetic colors into a room.

From left: World Market Pink Alessia Area Rug, $25–$380; Ikea Ekero Armchair, $149
From left: World Market Pink Alessia Area Rug, $25–$380; Ikea Ekero Armchair, $149

“You can easily tap into the trend by adding an accent wall,” Yeomans suggests. “If you’re not ready to add these bold tones to walls, the back of bookshelves, interior and exterior doors and accent furnishings provide great alternative spaces.”

Temper the heat with black, navy, gray, cream or green.

Décor pieces

Not ready to paint? Consider a lamp, such as Portland’s Schoolhouse Electric Princeton Mid Plug-In Sconce ($219) with Persimmon Factory Shade No. 3 ($58, both at schoolhouse.com), or the Lamps Plus Gillan Glass Table Lamp ($90 at lampsplus.com), with a base in lipstick-rich pinks and reds.

A smart little table, such as the Fermob Round Bistro Folding Table ($258–$380 at lumens.com) in carrot orange or poppy red steel, can be used as a side table indoors or out.

Add spice to the kitchen with red countertop appliances, canisters, bowls or linens. Or wade in deep with the retro-chic Smeg Two-Door Refrigerator ($2,999 at westelm.com) in bright red or orange (as well as a range of more muted colors).

Settle into the deep orange-red Ikea Ekero Armchair ($149), or toss a few bright pillows, like the Denice Throw Pillow ($47 at allmodern.com), onto a neutral piece.

Vibrant tangerine serves as a base for floral blooms on the Urban Outfitters Poppy Window Curtain ($39 per panel at urbanoutfitters.com).

And the World Market Pink Alessia Area Rug ($25–$380) is a Persian-inspired rug decked out in a vibrant geranium, poppy, tangerine and navy palette.

ShopNW staff contributed to this story.