Caliente AF-290 is Benjamin Moore’s 2018 color of the year!

October 10, 2017

Caliente AF-290, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red has been chosen for the Color Of The Year 2018:

caliente red

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.”

I have specified this color in the past as an accent wall in a large dining room. The client loved it! I am not sure if I would like a whole room painted in this color, but it looks great as a front door color:

caliente door


Beautiful Caliente Red barn with Ben Moore Simply White:

caliente barn


I actually do like all the walls painted in this vibrant red in the bath:

caliente bath


caliente fav


Great pop of color in an all white kitchen!:

caliente kitchen door


So what do you think readers? I have seen some terrible colors introduced as the Color of the Year so I am feeling pretty happy about this fun color! Let me know your thoughts!


  1. I must say, I am very surprised! I’m convinced they just dump a bunch of color chips into a hat and draw one at random. ?

  2. I love the boldness of this shade. I would say it has a lot of soul. However, the kitchen door reminds me of a scary movie. “Red Rum!” I have an antique vase that is similar color it. I keep hiding it [away] because it feels old. Red would not be among my choices of color but my husband loves it.

  3. I love this color for certain projects! It’s lovely on a front door when the surrounding elements can handle it, and it’s super fun on barns!

  4. Thanks so much for the heads up. I haven’t seen a lot of red lately but if I had to choose a red, this would be the one!

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