On The Surface


Benjamin Moore unveiled its Color of the Year last month and it was deep, dark, and as red-hot as its name, "Caliente."

Not hard to figure, actually: all the other mega paint companies' picks for Color of the Year 2018 have ventured on the dark side. Sherwin-Williams put forth a "dark, moody blue," as the NY Times described "Oceanside." Glidden Paint opted for "Deep Onyx."

Olympic Paints & Stains sided with "Black Magic," whose name says all. And Farrow & Ball, especially beloved of discerning decorators, focused on "beautiful, vivacious tones" like "Radicchio" and "superdark rich" shades like "Studio Green."

Not for the faint of heart, these dark, dramatic, statement-making colors? Heed the advice of Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute: "Be brave with color and unleash your inner artist...have fun with it, allow yourself to live with it for a while. It is, after all, just one or two cans of paint."

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