On-trend shades: colours of the year 2019

1 January 2019

a photo of some paint colour charts

Paint brushes at the ready! Colour experts at companies from Dulux to Pantone have unveiled the shades which will be selling by the bucket-load this year. In contrast to last year’s bold hues, the colours which will be adorning your walls in 2019 are generally calm and warm. Whether you moved in last week, last month or last year, these on-trend colours will help you put your stamp on your new home.

Pantone – Living Coral (16-1546)

Pantone’s colour of 2019 is ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue’ selected as a response to the increasing presence of digital technology and social media in everyday life. ‘Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow, Pantone 16-1546, Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment,’ the company announced.

Dulux – Spiced Honey

Dulux chose Spiced Honey as its colour of the year 2019 ‘to reflect the new positive mood of the moment’. According to Dulux colour experts, this warm amber tone is ‘inspired by the beauty and versatility of honey itself’. Depending on the shades with which it is paired, the colour can be ‘soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant’.

Benjamin Moore – Metropolitan (AF 690)

Benjamin Moore describes its colour of the year 2019 as ‘calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated’ and ‘[exuding] glamour, beauty and balance.’ Creative director Ellen O’Neill says that Metropolitan ‘emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease’, adding: ‘Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s understated. It just is.’

Sherwin-Williams – Cavern Clay (SW 7701)

Sherwin-Williams’ colour of 2019 is ‘warm terracotta […] with ancient, elemental roots’. The company says the ‘earthy hue’ is ‘both casual and refined’, describing it as ‘an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in.’

Behr – Blueprint (S470-5)

‘Warmer than denim and softer than navy’, Behr says that Blueprint ‘signifies optimism, authenticity and confidence.’ The ‘honest, approachable’ shade is inspired by architectural blueprints, and helps to create a space ‘where you can build your own reimagined life—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action.’

PPG Paints – Night Watch (PPG1145-7)

PPG Paints’ colour of the year 2019 is a ‘rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green [which allows] spaces to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature.’ According to Dee Schlotter, PPG’s senior colour 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.’

Graham & Brown – Tiru

Graham & Brown says its Tiru shade ‘reflects the desire for opulent colours and luxurious finishes’.  The teal hue ‘celebrates tranquillity, good luck and longevity’ and ‘creates a luxe feel yet a warm and inviting atmosphere’.