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2019 Color of the Year

Pantone, the manufacturer of printer’s ink, has for years forecasted a “Color of the Year” based upon the trends that they are experiencing. Several other companies have more recently jumped on their bandwagon including the paint companies Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr. These companies are all leaders in their industries and in touch with what consumers are interested in and purchasing. Here are their forecasts for 2019!

Pantone – Living Coral 16-1546

This vibrant coral will certainly add a lively springtime feel to you home. It is great to use as pop of color on accent pieces or painted furniture. It pairs wonderfully with green, grey, lagoon and navy.
Why not give it a try? The beautiful coral will certainly liven up our West Michigan winter, cloudy days! And, hey, it’s February! Who doesn’t need a pick-me-up at this time of year?

Sherwin-Willians – Cavern Clay SW7701

A warm terracotta color, this paint gives a nod to midcentury modern design crossed with American Southwest. Another beautiful, warm color this paint helps to bring the outdoors in. Think beaches, canyons, deserts and warm summer afternoons. Remember those beautiful Michigan summers? Feeling like you need a pinch of warmth? This color might be just what you are looking for.

Benjamin Moore – Metropolitan AF-690

Here is a beautiful neutral. This understated, elegant gray will create a soothing, sophisticated background in any room. It blends easily with an unlimited range of colors with both traditional and modern furnishings. Thinking balance, quiet, soothing? This is a great color choice and a color that many of my West Michigan clients are sure to love.

Behr – Blueprint S470-5

This midtone blue is poised to become an instant classic! A great color choice for interiors and exteriors (think shutters, awnings, planters) this is a warmer color than denim and less formal than navy. If you are feeling “blue” this year this is a striking, bold yet casual color choice. A neighbor in West Michigan has just used this color on their front door and it looks wonderful even in these white winter days.

The colors of the rooms in your home are a direct reflection of your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects us every day. Room color can influence our moods and our thoughts, and it affects people in different ways.

You don’t have to worry about the trends in order to have a beautiful home. Color trends are a trend! In other words, they will come and go. In choosing a color, think about how they make you feel – tranquil to energetic. As recent” empty nesters” my latest color wish was to lean toward tranquil and quiet after all of those years of running errands, running to sporting events, running to appointments. The lightness of soft white walls, trim and cream colored sofas feels welcome during the warm summer months. For winter I have added faux fur afghans and candles.

I am also into pastel blue these days. Blue has been said to bring down blood pressure and heart rate. It is considered calming, relaxing and serene. Heck, it reminds me of summer, too! Paired with some natural wood pieces and cream sofas it is just what I needed for this new stage in our lives.

My favorite, go-to for trim color is Benjamin Moore White Dove. You know how we love to agonize over just the right white? Not too white, not too grey, not too cream this is a perfect trim color choice. I have also used it on cabinetry and ceilings. Why limit yourself? Use it anywhere you might want a nice, soft white.

Speaking of ceilings (were we?) did you realize that they take up one-sixth of a room? I have come to dislike “ceiling white” as it is often too white, too cold, too flat. As a general rule lighter colors make walls feel higher but adding color to a ceiling can make a space cozier. Ceilings are too often neglected, remember to consider them in your color concept.

I am excited to see how these color trends may make their way into our Grand Rapids and West Michigan homes during these next months. For awhile we have been focused on more neutrals and some pops of color will be fun to add in! There are some really beautiful fabrics being launched and I am looking forward to sharing them with my clients. Maybe I will write a future blog on my favorites and share a few with you.

I would love to hear your thoughts on color! Please share them with me!