MONTVALE, N.J. – Benjamin Moore, a North America paint, color and coatings brand,  last month declared its Color of the Year 2018 — Caliente AF-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red. The highly anticipated announcement was unveiled October 10, 2017, to leading interior designers, architects and influencers at an exclusive event held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

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Credit: Benjamin Moore

The color leader also unveiled Color Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues. The Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2018 palette includes:

• Caliente AF-290 • Smoked Oyster 2109-40 • Moonshine 2140-60
• Deep Poinsettia 2091-30 • Excalibur Gray 2118-50 • Sharkskin 2139-30
• Cherry Wine 2080-30 • Wolf Gray 2127-40 • Elk Horn AF-105
• Cranberry Cocktail 2083-20 • Stone 2112-40 • Peau de Soie AF-60
• Texas Rose 2092-40 • Black Beauty 2128-10 • Golden Retriever 2165-30
• Pleasant Pink 2094-60 • Silver Marlin 2139-50 • White Opulence OC-69
• Saddle Soap 2110-30 • Carolina Gull 2138-40 • Coastal Path AF-380
• Incense Stick 2115-20 • Dreamy Cloud 2117-70
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Credit: Benjamin Moore

The Benjamin Moore Color & Design team annually forecasts color trends following a year-long research journey to 30 cities across 12 countries, traveling nearly 100,000 miles. The team of seven Color & Design experts attended more than 20 industry shows capturing more than 42,200 photos that illustrate points of inspiration from the arts, design, architecture, pop culture, fashion, home furnishings, and more. Their collective findings demonstrated an emergence of red hues, embodying the change, strength, confidence and vitality that permeates cultural movements around the world.

To illustrate the versatility of red, the Color Trends 2018 color card showcases the impact it has on creating statement-making environments that are warm, enveloping and full of personality. These spaces include a mid-century modern home that relies on red for a bold, abstract stroke; a farmhouse made crisp and current with red detailing; a masterpiece of modern architecture whose elliptical lines are defined in red; and a beach house that brings in red for an unexpected neutral touch.

The Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette can only be achieved with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura®, Aura® Bath & Spa, Regal® Select, Natura®, ben®, ADVANCE®, ARBORCOAT® and Aura® Grand Entrance®. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors are available in pint samples at local retailers along with Color Trends 2018 color cards. Benjamin Moore products are exclusively found at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and Color Trends 2018 palette, or to find the closest Benjamin Moore retailer, visit For more information, search #ColorTrends2018 on social media channels including Facebook (Benjamin Moore Paints), Instagram @benjaminmoore, Twitter @Benjamin_Moore, Pinterest (Benjamin Moore) and YouTube (BenjaminMoorePaints).

About Benjamin Moore
Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®Regal® SelectNatura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.