Color Trend Report: Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2018

12.02.2018 15:00

We traveled to Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair and mapped out the new colors to watch out for. Earthy reds still feel fresh but are now contested by brighter hues, shades of untreated wood and surprising up-and-coming colors, such as baby blue. The era of rich surfaces continues but there is a clear shift towards bolder combinations.

In addition to single colors that stood out, we spotted entire worlds built with one color family’s multiple shades. Wall surfaces were dominated by matte, semi-matte and structured, uneven surfaces, and were joined by ultra-glossy surfaces and different structures. Colors united with reliefs to create show-stopping three-dimensional expressions.

The reign of earthy red tones continues


Reds dive deeper and are joined by shades of cognac and beeswax.

Earthy tones are still having a moment and the reign of soft colors doesn’t seem to be toppling anytime soon. Shades of burgundy, cognac, angora and dusty pink were visible around every corner. Familiar earthy tones were given a new spin with notes of warm, soft peach. Brilliant reds like tomato and Bauhaus reds — a fresh take on earthy colors — were paired with terracotta to create warm yet dynamic interiors. Deep, dark reds looked especially striking in large surfaces and combined with multiple different textures. 


Tikkurila color codes: N405 Terracotta, M476 Rooibos, N411 Madras, M419 Cayenne, M316 Tomato, J407 Siesta, H405 Doll, S471 Etruscan

Beckers color codes: Anis 681 (S 5030-Y80R), Salsa 665 (S 2060-Y70R), Tegel 666 (S 3050-Y80R), Amaryllis 667 (4249-Y83R), Tomat 685 (S 1085-Y90R), Karamell 700 (1820-Y97R)

New brightness


Bold colors were paired with muted hues to create dynamic pairs.

Although earthy tones were the most prominent shades, they were joined by brighter colors, a signal of a shift towards a new era of brightness. Vibrant, bold colors in many shades of blue, green and yellow were paired with muted hues to create dynamic pairs that packed a new punch. There seemed to be a fresh sense of boldness that manifested as bright colors. Bright green with bright lilac was one of the most striking and contemporary-feeling combinations spotted at the fair.


Tikkurila color codes: 
L385 Lime, G342 Marilyn, M316 Tomato

Beckers color codes:
Ärta 828 (S3050-G30Y), Bubbelgum 718 (S1015-R60B), Solnedgång 684 (1671-Y82R)

Shades of grey and blue


On the rise: baby blue matched with untreated wooden surfaces.

Shades of blue and grey were visibly present at the fair stands. Indigos, royal French blues, dark blues and ink blue were added as accents or used to paint large surfaces. Deeper blues dove into even deeper depths when combined with shiny brass and earthy tones, such as terracotta. A combination of shades and layers also included greys with hints of blue. The most surprising color pick-me-up was baby blue that popped up in different materials and shapes, including mesh curtains, ceramic bowls and wall surfaces. 


Tikkurila color codes: 
M350 Ink, Y500 Wrought Iron, N429 Denim, X438 Secret, G351 Droplet, J354 Daydream

Beckers color codes:
Supernova 773 (S8010-R90B), Denim 749 (S7010-R90B), Hav 760 (2014-R91B), Himmelsblå 742 (1021-R94B)

Yellows that veer towards greens and lichen


Greens appear as part of rich color worlds: yellowy greens slide into olive greens and blue greens, and all the way to brownish greens.

Yellows, starting from beeswax and a dusty yellow, and sliding all the way to curry and mustard were spotted both in details and large surfaces. Impeccable and wholesome combinations of shades of mustard, toffee and cognac were put in practice in different textures, materials and surfaces. Yellows also often veered towards shades of green and lichen, and one of the most interesting new colors at the fair was an olive-like shade. Greens were often combined with earthy tones, as well as arranged as uniform collections of green.


Tikkurila color codes: 
H456 Straw, Y458 Merino, J392 Wax, L396 Beeswax, H303 Joy, K398 Emperor, L395 Curry, Y453 Pear, V451 Olive grove, S386 Foliage

Beckers color codes:
Torshälla 1317 (S1030-Y10R), Sandslott 591 (1109-Y07R), Fransk senap 639 (2250-Y11R), Svamp 623 (S5040-Y10R), Stjärna 635 (0920-G99Y), Grön vindruva 824 (3112-G55Y), Oliv 812 (4113-G91Y), Kaktus 809 (3517-G42Y)

Soft neutrals


Muted tones—soft pink, warm white, dusty yellow and muted red—meet a strong, blackish brown.

White—a classic in Scandinavian interior design—popped up in new, interesting ways. Often coupled with earthy tones, it was also explored in all of its shades, cold and warm, together and apart. Warm and cold tones of white intermingled in harmony, creating complete looks. The appeal of white became clear – it is a true chameleon that turns into a rich color when paired with other cold and warm shades, and truly becomes a key color when it gets to shine as a part of a collection, rather than a compact, white surface.


Tikkurila color codes: 
Y458 Merino, V484 Driftwood, Y487 Piazza, H466 Angora, G484 Talcum, Y467 Shawl

Beckers color codes:
Pinjenöt 589 (0906-Y10R), Gråsäl 578 (4105-Y01R), Bergsklippa 531 (2204-Y21R), Natursten 534 (3303-Y31R), Dimma 550 (S2002-Y50R), Shabby Chic 691 (1802-R07B)



A blackish brown is joined by deep, dark forest greens that flirt with moss green.

Dark, brownish blacks were seen as accents and as large surfaces and combined with both soft shades and muted hues. Dark colors were paired with reflective surfaces, such as glass, high-gloss surfaces, mirrors and a new kind of glittery shine in textiles, such as pillowcases, rugs and throws. Dark, brownish blacks and their other variants played into an art deco vibe, visible around the fair in the form of a variety of arches, strong frames and attractive patterns derived from simple squares and architectural influences.


Tikkurila color codes: Y500 Wrought iron, Y497 Toro, M449 Grotto, N499 Basalt

Beckers color codes:
Darjeeling 520 (S8500-N), Orkan 542 (8001-R61B), Blyerts 792 (S6502-B)

Wood in all its shades


Untreated wooden surfaces were used to complement both earthy tones and vibrant colors.

Pine, spruce, oak and ash were the most prominent species of wood, all carefully and thoughtfully unfinished. A natural, organic approach was taken to display the unique characteristics of different species of wood. Untreated wood was joined by not only dark shades, such as deep, dark browns but also light, bright colors like baby blues and powerful reds.

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Color Now 2018

Tikkurila's decoration magazine, Color Now 2018, is a compilation of stories from the world of color and interior decoration, presented in the form of a classic decoration magazine. The magazine also includes an introduction of the most current interior decoration colors for 2018.