This year’s IT color has been announced! Only thing is, there’s more than one pick! Color is subjective – one person’s warm and muted is another person’s drab and dreary. Someone’s idea of vivid and energetic might strike someone else as loud and jarring. Maybe it’s a good thing so many colors get the spotlight. Being on trend doesn’t have to mean losing YOUR sense of style! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite colors to get the nod this year and paired them with great tile options to inspire you.

Move Over Navy

Sherwin Williams definitely benefits by spinning the color wheel each year and inspiring us to repaint our environments. 2018’s pick is Oceanside, a tonally rich blue with just a touch of green.

  • Brighter spin on navy as a neutral.
  • Pairs boldly with corals and yellows.
  • Pairs calmly with other shades of blue.
  • Metal accents in copper hues balance nicely.

Top left, linear glass mosaic in shades of teal, blue and taupe; lower left, 2.5×8 undulated wall tile in beige; right, 2×2 native-inspired mosaic.


Left, 3×6 charcoal gray glass subway tile; lower right, 12×24 textile-look floor tile in gray linen.

Apply Heat

The deep red of Benjamin Moore’s Caliente inspires notice. Not for the timid, they define their choice as a signature color for creating a sense of red carpet arrivals and powerful first impressions.

  • Go crisp with white, bone and shades of cream.
  • Keep it warm with grey, taupe and tones in-between.
  • Adaptable to modern or vintage styles.

Lower left, dark gray flannel-look 2.5×8 wall tile and 8×32 textured floor plank in ash white; top right, 6×6 carrara marble with gray geometric pattern; lower right, brushed metal 3D hex mosaic.


Top left, patterned 16×16 ceramic floor tile in tones of cool and warm gray; lower left, 8×8 wall tile in a vibrant, stacked bar pattern; right, bronze metallic trapezoid mosaic.

A New Direction For Purple

Known worldwide for their standardized color matching systems, Pantone’s 2018 color is Ultra Violet. Used in home décor, this pick is multi-directional and easily used in traditional and elegant designs or bringing unexpected boldness.

  • For calm, combine with misty tones of grey, greens and other shades of purple.
  • For drama use with equally saturated colors of pink, green, gold, and bronze.
  • For bold impact, pair with bold tones of citrus, teal, navy and raspberry.

Left, 8×8 wall tile with navy and white interlocking pattern; top right, encaustic cement patterned tile in shades of gray; lower right, 2.5×8 undulated surface wall tile in navy.


Left, gold and bronze-toned, multi-dimensional mosaic; top and bottom right, 3×6 subway wall tiles in gold and leopard print metallics.

Nature-Inspired Blue

Described by Behr as the coalescence of blue, gray and green, In The Moment takes a step back from the bolder tones of the other colors we’ve paired here. This color is all about creating a sense of tranquility and sanctuary.


Top left, 8×8 wall tiles in dotted tangerine and geometric stripes; lower left, inset-textured deep teal bar mosaic; right, multi-dimensional mosaic in aqua and teal tones.

When White Won’t Do

This color has been trending up and Elle Décor predicts continued popularity for interior environments for 2018. Blush can best be described as a dusty rose meets barely-there nude. It’s being treated as a new neutral standing in for white.


Top left, silver chevron wall tile; lower left, carrara inspired 12×24 floor tile; upper right, white thassos marble leaf mosaic; lower right, 8×8 floor tile with gray diagonal stripe.


Top left, undulated surface black glossy hex wall tile; lower left, gold chevron wall tile; top right, 8×32 textured floor plank in navy; lower right, 8×8 wintergreen dotted wall tile.


Which color gets your vote for color of the year?