This year was all about bringing an edgier palette into the home, with bold reds, modern metallics, and variations of the statement black accent wall. Unlike 2018's color trends, 2019 is taking a more mindful, lifestyle-based approach to the development of new shades. Many paint brands have already released their colors of the year, including Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, and Sherwin Williams, from powerful aquas to soft terracottas. Companies are connecting the dots between consumers' home lives, mental demands, and digital engagement, which inspired many of the color picks.
If you're looking to kick-start your New Year's home refresh, check out our forecast for 2019's top colors, and how to use them in your own spaces.
According to the Senior Color Designer Sue Kim of , "Smart technology in the home is driving the color experience differently." Because of this, we will see higher intensity shades that mimic the edge of artificial light in a way that is "strangely familiar" (and obviously gorgeous).
Twilight Mist, Valspar
Deep greens that are inspired by (but not directly reflective of) nature will bring the healing properties of the outdoors into the home, without feeling overly arboreal. Here, PPG's color of the year "Night Watch" fills a room with a welcoming richness.
Night Watch, PPG Paints
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In 2019, we're going to see blues with a softened mistiness and haze. This moody blue has a calming grey undertone that promotes a more serene energy in the home. According to Kim, blues can be given "a touch of purple to free our thinking, with hints of gray to ground us." They selected Seattle Haze as one of their colors of the year.
Seattle Haze, Valspar
In 2019 we'll see a rise in colors that are associated with optimism, like bold yellows and oranges. Sherwin Williams' , a rich and inviting yellow, pairs beautifully with cool blues, beiges, and pinks.
Afternoon, Sherwin Williams
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The minimalist movement has encouraged many modern homemakers to live a more clutter free, thoughtful life. With this, shades associated with minimalism–creams, beiges, and whites–are being incorporated into many home palettes. Cream shades with bolder, more colorful undertones are desired for their inherent simplicity that can be manipulated with different types of lighting. Here, see Benjamin Moore's , a timeless cream that shifts richer or deeper with shadow and brightness.
Balboa Mist, Benjamin Moore
Sherwin Williams' 2019 color of the year is , which is a Southwest inspired tone. For those who want a more elemental, nature-inspired hue with a contemporary twist in their home, this creamy rust will truly shine.
Cavern Clay, Sherwin Williams
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According to Valspar experts, playful, more extreme colors will be popular in 2019. The “I can do this, let’s make a change” attitude is reflected in electric tones like lime green, citrus orange, and bright yellow.
Lime Mousse, Valspar
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Millennial pink is a color of the (very recent) past. Now, softer shades like rosy neutrals and muted blushes, which reflect a spirituality, are being favored. Unlike millennial pink, these hues are less trendy and more timeless.
Blushing Bride, Valspar
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In 2019, bring pops of color into your favorite spaces with jewel-toned furniture and accents. 2018 was the year of the neutral palette, and 2019 is all about finding balance with appropriate doses of color. Kitchen cabinets, accent walls, and furniture are all smart ways to incorporate colors like emeralds, sapphires, and aquamarines.
Reflecting Pool, Sherwin Williams
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Light, wood-inspired shades are a great alternative to traditional beiges or tans. Neutrals that take on ash, maple, or pine tones are perfect for the minimalists and color-phobics alike.
Homey Cream, Valspar
There’s nothing more classic than an all white palette. And while pure white is a go-to for many homemakers, 2019 will be the year of “almost-whites.” These shades offer subtle nuances that adapt to different lighting, furniture, and surrounding colors. For those who crave a minimalist palette that still feels dynamic, an almost-white shade is the fool-proof choice.
Decorator's White, Benjamin Moore
HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams picked the vivid-but-calm as their 2019 color of the year. The vibrant aqua is bold on its own, but the versatile hue changes when paired with different colors (think soft pinks, pastels). While the color is easily toned down, Sherwin Williams paint experts see aqua being used as a power color in 2019: “It takes on a sense of humor and power, and is perfect for a fun accent wall, front door, or bookshelf,” the brand said.
Reflecting Pool, Sherwin Williams
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Pantone named Ultra Violet as their 2018 Color of the Year, and purple is expected to prevail in 2019 as well. Next year, however, we should expected muted, understated versions of the color that still have that rich energy, but with a mellowed intensity that makes the shade more versatile.
Metropolis Lilac, Valspar
In 2019, expect to see bold, saturated reds that infuse life into a space without overwhelming it. Deep berries have comforting and cozy qualities, while simultaneously energizing a space with their rich color. HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams included Borscht, a juicy berry tone into their Everyday Balance collection for 2019.
Salute, Sherwin Williams
"People will begin to incorporate calm grey undertones, which are associated with mindful living and smart choices," says Kim. These coined "introspective shades" regard a color's undertone as equally important to the shade itself. Navys, purples, and browns with grey undertones create a subdued sense of tranquility in the home. Here, walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's .
Black Panther, Benjamin Moore
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