Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year and Our Favorite Fall 2018 Interior Design Trends

 Cavern Clay. Not horrible but not good either! Image via  Sherwin-Williams

Cavern Clay. Not horrible but not good either! Image via Sherwin-Williams

We love fall. Crisp weather, gorgeous colors, pumpkin spice everything and, of course, it’s when the “Color of the Year” choices start rolling in. However, we have to say we’re kind of perplexed about Sherwin-Williams’ 2019 Color of the Year Cavern Clay. It’s such a huge departure from the past few years and, sure, it’s appropriate for autumn but it’s so “blah.” We honestly think they could have done better.

 #Whatweretheythinking? Photo via  Sherwin-Williams

#Whatweretheythinking? Photo via Sherwin-Williams

 Image via  Sherwin-Williams

The company describes Cavern Clay (SW 7701) as “forged by sun. Fired by desert” and says it’s “ancient, yet fully alive” and “bohemian, yet totally refined.” We love the inspiration behind the color. Iris recently took a trip to Sedona for her anniversary where she snapped the pictures below. Red rock country is breathtaking. The warm terra cotta shades look rich and vivid, especially against the blue of the sky. However, Cavern Clay doesn’t do it justice and the final color Sherwin-Williams decided on is bland, dated and reminds us of the 80s, especially in large doses.

 A photo of the gorgeous Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ that Iris took on her anniversary trip.

A photo of the gorgeous Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ that Iris took on her anniversary trip.

While we’ll probably never paint a client’s walls completely in Cavern Clay, we’re not opposed to orange hues or shades inspired by the Southwest. Orange is a misunderstood color and a lot of people downright hate it. But, in small doses, it can pull a space together and make an impact. Even Cavern Clay has its place when confined to accents.

 By Ella Design Group. Pops of orange look chic with black and white floors in this commercial lobby we designed.

By Ella Design Group. Pops of orange look chic with black and white floors in this commercial lobby we designed.

 By Ella Design Group. More hints of orange.

By Ella Design Group. More hints of orange.

Now that we got our feelings about Cavern Clay off our chests, we also wanted to talk about some of the fall 2018 interior designer trends we’ve been noticing because they’re a lot more exciting than that Color of the Year choice. Here a few we’re predicting will show up in a big way in stylish spaces:

 By Ella Design Group. This eclectic home office we created has a global nomad vibe and a few pops of Cavern Clay (terra cotta can work; just not splashed across every wall).

By Ella Design Group. This eclectic home office we created has a global nomad vibe and a few pops of Cavern Clay (terra cotta can work; just not splashed across every wall).

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  • Global Nomad – Global nomad is an eclectic style that fuses vintage elements and antiques with global prints, souvenirs from world travels, lots of textiles and plenty of layers to create a one-of-a-kind look that reflects the person living there. Hmm. Kind of sounds like a lot of the spaces we’ve done!

  • Geometric Patterns – It seems like every list ever, whether it’s summer 2014 or fall 2018 interior design trends, lists geometric patterns. That’s because they can work in so many ways. You can pair tile patterns or a few geometric prints with a classic design or channel Art Deco and make a more modern, funky statement.

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  • Black as a Kitchen Accent Color – If you’re over the all white kitchen trend, you’ll be happy to know that black is coming back as a kitchen accent color, especially on cabinets. It adds a little edge, sophistication and contrast. A space can still feel light and airy but black just adds another dimension.

  • Maximalism – Maximalism has been making a comeback in recent months with spaces taking a more is more approach. We have to say this isn’t the maximalism of decades past. It’s more restrained and features an eclectic combination of mixed materials, old and new, different textures and rich shades.

 By Ella Design Group.

By Ella Design Group.

  • Bold Rugs – The perfect area rug can make a space and bring all of the different design elements together. Sure, you could go safe and neutral but where’s the fun in that? A graphic statement rug is especially helpful in today’s open floor plans to define different areas.

What do you think of the fall 2018 interior design trends? What about Sherwin-Williams choice for their Color of the Year? If you want to incorporate any of these trends into your space while still keeping it timeless and chic, schedule a consultation with us!