Ask eight experts to forecast the hottest interior paint color for 2018, and you'll get eight different answers: a dreamy blue, a sea foam green, a golden yellow, an adventurous blue, an intense green, a vivid red, and—surprisingly—two shades of black.

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Color experts keep an eye out for trends, traveling around the country and abroad, and taking cues from the arts, fashion, pop culture, and the automotive industry, among other areas. And major paint manufacturers have in-house color experts who identify these trends, create new palettes, name each color, and more. Often, the experts' descriptions of their paints are as aspirational as the color names themselves.

Below, predictions from eight paint brands on the interior paint colors they say will be popular in 2018, plus details on how and where you can try them in your house. You'll see these brands in our interior paint ratings. And for their advice on colors for your home's exterior, see "Hottest Exterior Paint Colors." 

Behr: In the Moment T18-15

A room painted in Behr In the Moment T18-15 paint
Photo: Behr

Described as: "A perfect balance between blue and green," says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr.
Why it's hot: A peaceful, restorative color, it helps create a relaxing feel—or a sanctuary, Woelfel explains.
Where to use it: This muted blue-green looks sharp in the kitchen with white cabinets, but it also works well with taupes, grays, and browns, as highlighted in the dining room image shown at top. In a small space, like the sitting area featured here, the color creates a sophisticated vibe. (Yes, the walls above and the walls in the story's top photo are the same color—Behr: In the Moment T18-15.) "And it's used on the walls and trim, for a monochromatic look," says Woelfel. "But you can energize the space by adding pops of color, like the orange pillows."
Recommended sheen: A matte finish works nicely in bedrooms, but use an eggshell finish in the bathroom. Keep in mind, the higher the sheen, the easier it is to clean and the better it is at fending off stains. Going for a stunning look? Consider painting just one wall of a room in a glossy sheen.
Where to buy: Home Depot

Clark+Kensington: River Rapids 29B-3

Photo: Ace Hardware

Described as: "Not only soothing and renewing, this familiar sea foam green has perfect lightness to brighten the space, also a touch of gray grounds the airiness of the blue tone," says Anna Zacharski of Clark+Kensington.
Why it's hot: With touch-screens occupying so much of our life, we're looking for texture and simplicity. "We are nostalgic for simpler times even though we aren't looking to give up our handy devices," she says. While other paint manufacturers name a color of the year, Clark+Kensington calls out 12, including this green and others that you'll see in stores.  
Where to use it: Any room where you'd like to create a relaxing space, such as a family room or bedrooms. Try pairing with classic shades, a blue-black and natural tones, for example. 
Recommended sheen: For higher traffic rooms, a higher sheen like satin or semi-gloss works because they're easier to clean. Otherwise, a softer sheen such as flat enamel or eggshell. 
Where to buy: Ace Hardware

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams: Honeycomb HGSW2133

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams: Honeycomb HGSW2133 on a stylish interior barn door.
Photo: HGTV

Described as: "A rich golden yellow that brings rays of sunshine that radiate warmth and comfort to liven up any space," says Ashley Banbury, senior designer for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams.
Why it's hot: Inspired by the vivid colors of the tropics, it's an optimistic, energetic hue, she says.
Where to use it: Spanning all design styles, this yellow can be used to accent a door (as it does in the above photo) or to add a pop of color to a bookshelf. Banbury adds that this hue can freshen up an accent wall in the living or dining area and provides a great backdrop for bold art and green plants. 
Recommended sheen: Eggshell or satin are best for walls in high-traffic areas. Consider flat if you're looking to hide imperfections on your walls. High-gloss or semi-gloss are ideal for doors and accent furniture.
Where to buy: Lowe's

Sherwin-Williams: Oceanside SW6496

A room painted in Sherwin-Williams Oceanside SW6496 interior paint
Photo: Sherwin-Williams

Described as: An opulent and mysterious green-blue hue, according to the manufacturer. 
Why it's hot: "Oceanside is inspired by wanderlust and global interconnectedness," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. "We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents."
Where to use it: Just about anywhere, says Wadden, when mixed with whites, creams, or deep rich tones and warm metallics. Want to ease into this blue? Paint your front door, side table, or an accent wall in an otherwise neutral room.
Recommended sheen: Flat on walls with semi-gloss trim. 
Where to buy: Sherwin-Williams stores

Valspar: Favorite Green 5011-4

Valspar: Favorite Green 5011-4 in an entryway.
Photo: Valspar

Described as: An intriguing, intense, and invigorating green with a touch of blue—to keep it refreshing, says Sue Kim, senior color designer for Valspar.
Why it's hot: "The depth of green connects us back to natural healing and inspires meaningful experiences at home and away," says Kim. Valspar calls out 12 hot colors for the year, including this green as well a deep blue and a red.
Where to use it: Try it in an expected space such as an entryway—an often overlooked area—to help you take a moment to breathe and unwind as you enter your home. 
Recommended sheen: When using rich and bright colors, choose a low sheen to minimize the reflection and make the color livable, Kim says. 
Where to buy: Lowe's, and if you shop at Ace Hardware, this Valspar color is sold as Breathe Deeply VR050A.

Benjamin Moore: Caliente AF-290

A room painted in Benjamin Moore Caliente AF-290 interior paint
Photo: Benjamin Moore

Described as: "A vivid, charismatic red, yet livable," says Andrea Magno, senior manager of color and design at Benjamin Moore. 
Why it's hot: After five years of pastels, neutrals, and quiet palettes, "people want more oomph," she says. The Benjamin Moore design team found that red hues are becoming more popular in a number of areas, which the manufacturer describes as "embodying the change, strength, confidence, and vitality that permeates cultural movements around the world."
Where to use it: Depends on how comfortable you are with red. Noncommittal? Then paint a door, which will wake up a space. "The use of red in this dining room is fresh," says Magno. "Natural light is coming in, and the warmth of the stone and wood works nicely to bring in the red."
Recommended sheen: Looks great in any sheen, but Magno especially likes the matte finish for a look she describes as rich.
Where to buy it: Select paint and hardware stores

Olympic: Black Magic OL116

A room painted in Olympic Black Magic OL116 interior paint
Photo: Olympic

Described as: A true black—no undertones—this is the blackest black in the Olympic palette, says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for Olympic. 
Why it's hot: A little rebellious, this dark shade gives you a chance to express yourself. "But it's also the need for privacy in an invasive world—social media being one example," she says. "Black can get you to a meditative feeling."
Where to use it: Back panel of a bookcase, doors inside your home, or behind a flat screen TV. "It makes the screen disappear when the TV is off, and gives a theaterlike presentation when it's on," Schlotter says. Use this color above wainscoting painted a warm white, or pair with periwinkle accents, as shown in this living room. 
Recommended sheen: Matte is fantastic, Schlotter says. But use a more washable paint (meaning a higher sheen) for doors and other surfaces that have to withstand small handprints and big messes.  
Where to buy it: Lowe's

Glidden: Deep Onyx 00NN 07/000

A room painted in Glidden Deep Onyx 00NN 07/000 interior paint
Photo: Glidden

Described as: A true black, with no hints of blue, says Misty Yeomans, color marketing manager for Glidden. 
Why it's hot: "It's reflective of all the things going on in society," she says. "There's a lot of protesting, rebellion, and negative news, so we are reacting to that. But there is also a level of privacy and protection that black offers."
Where to use it: An accent wall or a bathroom, for starters. In this dining area, the black is paired with a clean white for contrast, and the vintage yellow and blue accents add interest.
Recommended sheen: Matte black looks stunning, says Yeomans, and makes a beautiful impression. For a front door, use a high gloss finish for a touch of elegance. 
Where to buy it: Home Depot, Walmart, and paint stores

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No matter what color you paint your walls, you'll want to use a paint that lasts. You can find all of these brands in our interior paint ratings, plus dozens more. Years of testing found that a brand's flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss formulas perform similarly overall in our tests, so we've combined the scores to make it easier for you to shop.

In our test of interior paints, we make durability an important factor in our evaluation. We test how well a paint repels stains, holds up to scrubbing, and keeps its sheen—and of course how smoothly it goes on. We give higher marks to paints that cover an old color best with just one coat. And to help you pick the right paint for your project, we evaluate how well a paint resists fading and mildew.

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