Each year, the design world awaits all the big paint brands to announce their colors of the year, which influence that year's trends. Over the years, we've seen it all, from intense oranges to blush pinks and bold jewel tones. And while we don't always agree with every color choice, the mood of the past year (as it's informed by interior design and fashion styles, and even digital technologies) gives us solid clues as to why such colors are trending. And every year without fail, there's always a shade for every taste, from relatively tame to outright daring.
In 2019, some companies played it safe by choosing light neutrals (great for larger, sunlit rooms) while others went all-out with bolder hues, such as earthy terracotta and dressed-up denim (apropos of kitchen cabinets, and smaller, darker spaces). So which one will you choose—and where will you use it?
Gray With Cool Undertones
Benjamin Moore's color of the year for 2019 is Metropolitan, a calm, composed, and effortlessly sophisticated gray tone that exudes glamour, beauty, and balance. (It's seen here, on this kitchen's lower cabinets.) “Metropolitan emanates nuance, harmony, and extravagant ease," says Ellen O'Neill, the company's creative director. "Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It's neutral. It's understated. It just is."
Blueprint is Behr's 2019 pick: It's a crisp, approachable denim blue that's classy and refined—and reminiscent of the colored lines seen in typical architectural blueprints. "It’s that perfect middle of the road blue denim color," says Erika Woelfel, a vice president of Color & Creative Services at Behr. "[It's] not too dark, not too light, [and] slightly worn to keep it comfortable, but with enough color to be easily dressed up."
Try this soft, mid-tone denim blue in high-gloss, as seen all over the ceiling and walls in this intimate sitting area—but it looks just as good in a matte finish, too.
While many brands gravitated toward cooler hues in 2019, Sherwin-Williams went in the opposite direction with Cavern Clay, a warm, earthy terracotta with ancient, elemental roots. A nod to both Midcentury and Southwestern style, this hue embodies the Desert-modern aesthetic and pairs well with warm grays and deep browns.
Cavern Clay SW 7701
PPG Paints went with Night Watch, a deeply rich, luxurious, malachite-tinged shade of jade green. The color's versatility allows it to be used in a variety of applications, from millwork to cabinetry and moody libraries. “The restorative power of nature is important in society now more than ever,” explains Dee Schlotter, a PPG senior color marketing manager. “Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home...The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.”
Night Watch PPG1145-7
Dutch Boy also chose green but took a lighter tack with the peaceful Garden Patch, which is part of its Homestead palette, which, it says, "captures the feeling of simple living," and, "embraces the craftsmanship of other cultures and the pristine beauty around us." Suggested pairings include soft neutrals.