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True Colors: Hot Hues for 2019

12/28/2018 05:16PM

While ringing in the New Year, all of our favorite paint companies have announced their color of the year or #COTY. The palette may be all over the board, but the theme remains rooted in a feeling of "getting away from it all" with a shiny twist. 


Sherwin-Williams touts Cavern Clay as their 2019 shade, while Dunn-Edwards features Spice of Life. Benjamin Moore goes subtle with Metropolitan, while Behr and Pittsburg Paints jump to the other end of the spectrum with Blueprint and Night Watch respectively. 

All the while, Pantone (the authority of a unified color language that reinforces the things we buy, wear, and make) is taking a cue from consumer electronics and fashion to add a whole new slew of colors called Metallic Shimmers. Consisting of 200 tints—ranging from traditional silvers and golds to bolder shades like purple sequin and blue diode—Metallic Shimmers is meant as a reference point for anyone developing products or adding accents to their home.

Fast Company says, "Whether it's a rose gold iPhone in your hand, a pair of cherry-red Beats on your ears, or something like the matte-black Echo in your home, Pantone has watched the metallic finishes of our gadgets impact the design world at large." Pantone believes its metallic swatches can be an anchor in the design process and universally inspire home design and the products inside of it.

Spice of Life

The colors named by paint companies can surely serve as a pillar or color splash to the home, while metallics can accent and add interest.

Benjamin Moore's Metropolitan choice is in response to those who want a break from the noise and chaos of the world. The result is a light shifting, contemplative gray that allows one to rest and reset.

Earthy, warm tones like Sherwin-Williams' Cavern Clay and Dunn-Edwards' Spice of Life also echo the cocooning effect we’re all seeking. At first blush, the colors seem striking, but once painted on the walls, they create a warm, calming effect.


With tech-saturated homeowners struggling to remain grounded, organics come to mind, inspiring Behr's and Pittsburg Paints' selections of Blueprint and Night Watch. A serene sea blue and a midnight green hue reflect the meditative perks of immersing oneself in nature.

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet in your abode with a little shimmer to keep it interesting, 2019 is going to be the year for you! How will you use #COTY in your home? 

Shimmers of Metallic

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