The Color of the Year Yearbook

October 06, 2021 2 min read

The Color of the Year Yearbook

Which of these past picks stands out as your favorite?

With Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year being announced shortly, we’re feeling nostalgic about the choices unveiled over the past decade. Each one perfectly captured the look and feel of that moment in time, reflecting the year’s global trends in art, fashion and interior design.  

We’ve put together this fun color yearbook to take a look back at some of the superlative selections of the past. Be sure to come back and join us on October 13th to see this year’s crowning choice for Color of the Year! 


Brush image of Wythe Blue HC-143 by Benjamin Moore available at Barrydowne Paint.
Wythe Blue HC-143

Most Likely To Succeed without Really Trying
A classic that never goes out of style, this beautiful hybrid blue is versatile with universal appeal, working well in traditional, modern and even historic homes.


Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 is available at Barrydowne Paint in Sudbury Ontario
Lemon Sorbet 2019-60

Most Likely To Brighten Your Day
This luscious yellow uplifts without being overpowering, complements almost any color palette, and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.


Breath of Fresh Air 806 was Benjamin Moore's 2014 Colour of the Year
Breath of Fresh Air 806

Most Likely To Find Inner Peace
Reflecting the fresh color cues and pastel trends of the year, this gorgeous, ethereal blue serves as a "new neutral" that is both livable and functional.


Guilford Green HC-116 was Benjamin Moore's 2015 Colour of the Year
Guilford Green HC-116

Most Likely To Win a Nobel Prize
The color that ties things together, this silvery green works well with, everything. No worries. No second thoughts. Just a whole lot of harmony and happily ever after.


Simply White OC-117 was Benjamin Moore's 2016 Colour of the Year
Simply White OC-117

Most Likely To Become President
More than a design trend, white is a design essential, and this color choice demonstrates how the popular neutral can be transcendent, powerful and polarizing at the same time.


Shadow 2117-30 was Benjamin Moore's 2017 Colour of the Year
Shadow 2117-30

Most Likely To Bring the Drama
This moody and mysterious master of ambiance is a rich, royal amethyst that can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal.


AF-290 Caliente was Benjamin Moore's 2018 Colour of the Year
Caliente AF-290

Most Likely To Be a Social Influencer
A confident color that is vibrant and full of richness, ravishing Caliente brings the heat while pushing us all to become bolder – in big or small ways.


Metropolitan AF-690 was Benjamin Moore's 2019 colour of the year
Metropolitan AF-690

Most Likely To Marry a Millionaire
With its cool blue undertones, this sophisticated gray-blue babe is an understated yet glamorous gray that makes spaces feel serene and ultra-sophisticated.


First Light 2102-70 was Benjamin Moore's 2020 colour of the year
First Light 2102-70

Most Likely To Lead the Cheer Squad
This fresh and luminous blush-pink stunner is soft and airy, bringing a revitalized spirit and rosy outlook that lifts the mood in a flirty, flattering way.


Aegean Teal 2136-40 was Benjamin Moore's 2021 colour of the year
Aegean Teal 2136-40

Most Likely To Fill Their Passport
An exceptional balance of blue, green and gray as inviting as Greece’s famous bluish-green sea, this soothing mid-tone washes over us with a sense of calm and casual elegance.

Of all these amazing choices, which one stands out as your favorite? And don’t forget, if you’d like to dip your paint brush into any of these gorgeous colors, visit us in-store or online to order a sample.