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Colour Trends -2019

Elle Decor: TOP COLOR TRENDS OF 2019

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2019 Color Trends
Lowes/Trevor Tondro

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. Most paint brands have released their colors of the year, including Benjamin MoorePPG PaintsSherwin Williams, and of course, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. 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.


Color Trends 2019
Gilles Trillard

“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.”
Shiitake, Sherwin Williams 


2019 color trends
Carolyn Pressly

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.”
Coral Reef, Sherwin Williams


Alex Lukey

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.
Hunter Green, Benjamin Moore


2019 color trends
Simon Upton

“Currently, I’m in love with the deep saturated colors,” says interior designer Keita Turner. “Beau Green, Kendall Charcoal, Hale Navy and Hunter Green. These darker moody colors are perfect for custom built-ins and kitchen cabinetry. I would ideally use them in a room with an abundance of natural light.”
Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore


Tim Nehotte Photography

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.”
Pale Pink Satin, Benjamin Moore


2019 Color Trends

According to the Senior Color Designer Sue Kim of Valspar, “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


2019 Color Trends
PPG Paints

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


2019 Color Trends
Trevor Tondro

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


2019 Color Trends
Sherwin Williams

In 2019 we’ll see a rise in colors that are associated with optimism, like bold yellows and oranges. Sherwin Williams’ Afternoon, a rich and inviting yellow, pairs beautifully with cool blues, beiges, and pinks.
Afternoon, Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore Announces 2019 Colour of the Year

Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

Wall panelling painted with Benjamin Moore AF-690

“Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s composed. It just is. This is colour, off-duty.”

—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

Metropolitan AF-690 is supported by Colour Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues.

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Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year – 2018

“Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy.”

Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2018 – Caliente

“Caliente is the signature colour of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality.” 

—Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

To be inspired and see the entire colour palette, visit the Benjamin Moore web site.

Paint Colour of the Year – Benjamin Moore 2017

It’s all about the paint! For several years now, I have attended Benjamin Moore’s much-anticipated Colour of the Year launch event.  Over the years it has been held at some of the loveliest venues around the city.  This year’s event took place in the Conservatory at Casa Loma in Toronto and how beautiful it was.

Casa Loma Conservatory - Benjamin Moore 2017 Colour of the Year launch
Casa Loma Conservatory – Benjamin Moore 2017 Colour of the Year launch

There is always a slide show presentation showing beautiful images from around the world that led the Benjamin Moore team to their paint colour selection.  In stark contrast to last year’s selection of “Simply White”,  the Benjamin Moore 2017 Colour of the Year is “Shadow” – 2117-30.

Wall colour Shadow as backdrop for vignette with round wood table and pewter candlesticks and silver goblets
Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year: Shadow 2117-30

“Allusive and enigmatic, Shadow is a master of ambiance.  It ebbs and flows with its surroundings and light brings it to life.  Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal.  Indulge your mysterious side.  Let Shadow set the mood.” – Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore.

To see the other 22 colours that make up the Colour Trends 2017 palette, visit the Benjamin Moore web site.

Colours of the Year 2017

Colour forecasters predict a shift away from GRAY and towards WARMER NEUTRALS.  It would seem that at least two paint companies agree.

Sherwin Williams recently announced their colour of the year:  “Poised Taupe” SW-6039.  “This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.”

Sherwin-Williams 2017 Colour of the Year
Sherwin-Williams 2017 Colour of the Year

Their announcement went on to say, “The 2016 industry shows revealed a surprising transition from grey to taupe. Both contract and consumer color / products have been focused on grey as THE key neutral – although grey is still important, we have seen a significant shift in materials and finish color to warmer, taupe-ier expressions of neutral.”

PPG Pittsburgh Paints have announced “Violet Verbena” as their 2017 Colour of the Year.  “Violet Verbena is a gray-purple hue that idealizes the popular bohemian, “gypset” lifestyle. This nuanced update on a classic shade adds depth, luxury and pampering to every space, making it the perfect backdrop for consumers looking to blend the masculine, the feminine, the mystic and the modern.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints 2017 Colour of the Year
PPG Pittsburgh Paints 2017 Colour of the Year

Violet Verbena adapts to surrounding environments and complements a variety of design aesthetics, from playful rooms to tranquil spaces.”  (

Interestingly, both of these 2017 colours are gray-based and have been warmed up with various amounts of red pigment.  What better way to transition away from gray!

Check back later to find out Benjamin Moore’s colour choice.

2016 Interior Decorating Trends

There are so many choices available that sometimes it seems as though “everything is in”, but this is not the case.  There are definite trends (not fads) that can be identified in furnishings and decor.  We are all exposed to them when we shop or open a magazine, so being able to spot them will help you keep your home “on trend”.

I would like to share my dissemination of twenty trends from the 2015 fall HP market identified by Deb Barrett of Soft Design Lab in the U.S.  (Deb is an award-winning soft furnishings designer, speaker, author and design consultant, who conducts tours at High Point market twice per year. ) Continue reading

More on Colour Trends for Interior Decorating

White was the Colour of the Year choice by several paint companies:  Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr and Glidden.  But each of these companies has a full palette of trending colours, because white is not all there is!

There is a trend towards dark and dramatic wall colour.  In 2015 we were seeing black. For 2016 black is still in, but now so is dark blue, and deep teal.

We are also seeing quite a lot of bold, energizing options such as Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Violet (2071-20), Patriot Blue (2064- 20), Blue Echo (AF-505), Royal Flush (2076-20) and Ravishing Red (2008-10) to name a few. Click to see the full Benjamin Moore 2016 paletteContinue reading