I thought a good way to kick off the blog this new year would be to show you the “color of the year” choices from some of the top color brands.
Pantone’s color choice for 2019 is 16-1546 Living Coral.
I absolutely adore coral; it’s one of my favorite colors to use in decorating. It’s soft without being too feminine and brings brightness and energy to a space without overwhelming the senses. If this version of coral is too strong for you, consider adding it in accessories rather than painting your walls.
Here’s a look at Living Coral in several different spaces:
Sherwin-Williams selected SW 7001 Cavern Clay as their color of the year.
Similar to Living Coral but a bit more earthy, this color reminds me of terracotta pots, adobe houses, and warming spices. This is a great color to choose if you’re going for a southwestern style.
It also reminds me of the Tuscan trend from the early 2000s, which we are still desperately trying to erase from our homes. To avoid dating your newly-decorated home, use a light touch with Cavern Clay. If you feel the need to paint your walls this color, make sure you have plenty of natural light so that it doesn’t feel as dungeon-y as this kitchen…
I think Sherwin-Williams may be a bit early in trying to convince us to move back to the warm Tuscan colors, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
For 2019, Benjamin Moore selected AF-690 Metropolitan.
While Sherwin-Williams may be a little early to the party, I think Benjamin Moore is late to the scene with this color choice. A lot of places in the U.S. are starting to move away from the heavy gray trend, which started in many places as early as 2008 (that’s 11 years ago for those of you who aren’t counting). Homeowners are tired of the cool grays and want to warm up their homes with whites and *gasp* even light beige.
All of that being said, this is one of the warmer, most-neutral grays you will find, so if you decide to paint your walls Metropolitan, it shouldn’t make your home feel cold and outdated.
My pick for the 2019 color trend is Benjamin Moore HC-154 Hale Navy. Navy is this magical color that acts like a neutral. You can pair it with every color imaginable, and it’s going to look great with every. single. one of them.
This color has been popular on Pinterest for many years, but it has become more widely available among retailers over the last few months. I found this gorgeous chair in Target just last October.
Navy can stand as a color on its own to create a sophisticated palette…
…or it can serve as a backdrop to showcase another color, like coral…
See what I did there? 😉
So what do you think about this year’s forecasted color trends? Would you combine any of these colors in your home décor? I personally like the Cavern Clay and navy combination pictured above.
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