Last year was all about bringing an edgier palette into the home–with vibrant 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.
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 this year.
If you’re looking to kick-start your home refresh by indulging in new hues, check out 2019’s top color trends, along with how to use them in your own home now.
“While nature is a common inspiration for home décor, in 2019 we will see a shift from oversized botanicals to the woodlands, with mushroom grays and fern-inspired colors. Mushrooms will also continue to be a key shape in the home,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams. “Their earthy color–gray blended with warm brown–gives off an old world, naturalist feel.”
It only makes sense for Pantone’s 2019 color of the year–Living Coral–to be on your radar when you begin your home revamp. According to interior designer Carolyn Pressly, “We’ll be seeing more hopeful and optimistic colors in the home, as evidenced by the recent selection of living coral, Pantone’s color of the year. Instead of using coral literally, you can separate it into its orange and pink counterparts. In this windowless office converted into a little girl’s room, the mood instantly becomes energizing and uplifting.”
According to interior designer Becky Shea, hunter greens are a great choice for 2019. “Hunter greenholds a sultry and worldly value to it, it’s intrinsic in nature and all of life. It’s timeless in every respect, and works beautifully with natural elements and neutral tones. What we also love about this color is how seamlessly it transitions between millwork, walls, furniture and accessories. Its gender neutrality also holds a special place in my heart, there’s no definition of a home feeling more masculine or feminine; it’s the perfect balance of each,” she says.
PALE PINK COLORWAYS
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Pale pinks are prevailing in 2019 due to their neutral properties and compatibility with other shades. Interior designer Barbara Schmidt explains that “Monochromatic colorways–like this pink desert sand shade–will be popular in 2019. It can be mixed with an abundance of white or a lemon yellow for the ideal look.”
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.
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 Balboa Mist, a timeless cream that shifts richer or deeper with shadow and brightness.
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.
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.
DEEP BERRY REDS
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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.
MINDFUL GRAY UNDERTONES
“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.
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