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As Millennial Pink Fades Away, Make Room for Teal

The teal interiors of new Barcelona hotel Casa Bonay, designed by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack. Photo: Courtesy of Studio Tack

For a few years, it’s been difficult to talk about color trends without invoking millennial pink. Even if you grew tired of it in 2015, it persisted. But the pervasiveness of pale pink (“rose quartz,” in Pantone-speak) may have introduced an unexpected side effect: the emergence of teal as the next up-and-coming color. Deep greens, after all, contrast perfectly with light pinks. Take the Instagram account @plantsonpink, or the branding and décor for Cha Cha Matcha.

In July, Scottish paper company GF Smith declared “Marrs Green” (teal) the world’s favorite color. Sweeping statement? Absolutely! But in early October, Sherwin-Williams jumped in and announced that Oceanside SW 6496 (also teal) is the color of 2018. These forecasts are prescriptive, but, often also prescient. And it feels logical enough: blush tones and other pastels have had plenty of air time. Some color saturation is an easy antidote. Here’s a starter round of new textiles, wallpaper, and Gucci homewares, all in teal.

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Here’s the Color for Everyone Over Millennial Pink