If you favor the natural warmth of “desert modern,” you’ll gravitate towards this elegant yet elemental terra-cotta. “It’s a rustic, casual color, rooted in the earth,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Because it’s subtler than a typical orange, it’s exceptionally versatile.” Though an obvious choice for southwestern decor, and the ideal companion to wood and stone, Cavern Clay partners beautifully in midcentury and even industrial rooms as well.
Experts Say These Paint Colors Will Dominate in 2019
Meet the new hues that paint industry pros have developed to make your walls wow right now! Whether you’re planning a large scale remodel or simply hope to perk up a room in the new year, it’s crucial to pick the right paint. You’ll want on-trend shades so the look will be relevant, yet also suited to your personal style and the vibe of the space. Fortunately, each year the major paint companies focus in on a select group of colors—from subtle pale and earth tones to bold, statement-making shades—that they know will dominate in the year ahead. Scroll on to check out the stunning spectrum and choose the perfect paint for your upcoming project.
Cavern Clay (SW7701) — Sherwin-Williams1/11
Metropolitan (AF-690) — Benjamin Moore2/11
Settle into restorative serenity with this lovely, low-key gray, the sort of stylish shade that’s at home anywhere. “The mood of Metropolitan is tranquil, graceful, and balanced, so it’s a color that can find common ground among many elements and complement a wide variety of materials and finishes being used by designers today,” says Ellen O’Neill, director of strategic design intelligence at Benjamin Moore. Paired with soft linens, it suits a living room or bedroom, but it brings out the best in stronger settings, too—on the walls of a kitchen with bold blue cabinets, for instance.
Blueprint (S470-5) — Behr3/11
“I like to describe Blueprint as being warmer than denim and softer than navy—it’s strong, grounded, and commands attention, but isn’t overwhelming,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. Blue, in general, has a calming effect, and this mid-tone choice is particularly soothing, so excellent for a bedroom. Yet Blueprint’s statement-making balance between depth and brightness lends itself nicely to kitchen cabinets, a front door, or that piece of furniture you’re hoping to transform for 2019.
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Orange Slice (2002-1B) — Valspar4/11
Looking for an energizing color that commands attention? It doesn’t get any juicier than Orange Slice! Intense and adventurous, it was designed for color-curious consumers who want to shake things up at home in an easy, fun, and accessible way. “Bring this zesty orange into your home office,” suggests Sue Kim, senior color designer at Valspar. “Layer in contrasting colors, like pale yellow or minty green, to invite mental stimuli that will boost your creativity.”
Kendall Charcoal (HC-166) — Benjamin Moore5/11
Chic and edgy, this charcoal really is the new black—effortlessly elegant, daring yet subdued—so don’t be afraid of the dark! “For a rich color, it’s surprisingly easy to bring into interiors,” says Andrea Magno, color and design expert at Benjamin Moore. “It’s fantastic for millwork and cabinetry as it is timeless, but it can update virtually any space.” An obvious option for industrial decor, for instance, it can also pair with paler grays to bring a modern vibe to a host of styles and settings.
Reflecting Pool (SW6486) — HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams6/11
This aptly named eye-catching aqua reflects back the best of whatever it’s paired with. “It can take on many personalities, which makes it incredibly versatile,” explains Ashley Banbury, senior designer of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. “Combined with soft, calm shades, it feels toned down, but can be energizing and fun with vivid shades, and put with primary colors, it works as a neutral, pulling the whole look together.” Whether standing alone in a tranquil bedroom or used sparingly inside a bookshelf, Reflecting Pool invites you to take the plunge!
Night Watch (PPG1145-7) — PPG7/11
Bring the outside in with this deep hunter green, designed to evoke the serene yet stimulating feeling you get from a walk in the forest. "Night Watch is a rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green that emulates the restorative power of being in nature,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. Its close ties to the natural world make it a universal color that suits a variety of styles and spaces. “Inside the home, Night Watch is especially impactful in areas that lack outdoor views, such as the end of a windowless hallway, and for exteriors, it’s ideal on siding, front doors, and shutters,” Schlotter says, explaining, “Colors from nature do not clash, so Night Watch blends perfectly with greenery or other landscape elements.”
Peacock Blue (KMA29) — Kelly-Moore8/11
To strut your style in a way that’s dramatic yet not pushy, bedeck a room in Peacock Blue. “From a psychological perspective, Peacock Blue can optimize concentration, encourage deep meditation, and even improve sleep,” asserts Mary Lawlor, manager of color marketing for Kelly-Moore. No wonder this saturated blue with green undertones works so brilliantly in an office or bedroom.
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Seattle Haze (4003-4B) — Valspar9/11
Contemplative yet convivial, this gently purpled gray invokes a quiet mood, setting the stage for thoughtful engagement—be it curling up with a great read or discussing it with your book club. “A stable, grounded shade like Seattle Haze invites you in to a living space and—especially paired with natural materials like wood or stone—encourages guests to linger," says Sue Kim.
Related: 9 Calming Colors for a Serene Home
Deep Forest Pine (30GG 09/106) — Glidden10/11
Go into the woods for the growing trend toward deep greens, such as this rich, refined version that evokes the healing power of botanicals. Designers who’ve embraced the shade agree that it’s best for large, well-lit rooms so that its intensity won’t overwhelm. The color pros at Glidden suggest using it as an accent wall in a living or bedroom, coordinated with a soft camel or tan.
Which Hue Will You Choose?11/11
There's a range of shades and tones that experts predict we'll be seeing everywhere in 2019.
Believe it or not, even with the vast number of paint color options available, a select handful of hues surpass all the others in popularity. We spoke with industry experts to uncover their best sellers. Click to view now!