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Colors of the Year

With 2019 just around the corner, you may be looking to refresh your rooms with pops of color. Each fall, many paint companies release their “Color of the Year” selection with an eye toward predicting what colors will be trending in the upcoming year. Sometimes they all seem to follow a pattern -- neutrals, for example -- but 2019 is shaping up to include a wide range of hues, with something for everyone. Here is a look at several of the predictions:
Sherwin-Williams: Cavern Clay
A warm terra-cotta color is Sherwin-Williams’ choice for its 2019 Color of the Year. It can be used in rustic or refined spaces and works well with leather and wood tones. “Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons--all of this embodied in one color,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. To learn more about the color and view how others have used it in their homes, visit the Sherwin-Williams website.
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Pantone: Living Coral
The Pantone Color Institute gets credit for coming up with the idea of Color of the Year 20 years ago. Pantone is known for its color forecasting as well as its color classification and matching system that has been used across many industries since its development in 1963. As announced in early December, Pantone's color experts have tapped the pinkish orange hue of Living Coral as their Color of the Year for 2019. Pantone calls the color, which has golden undertones, "life affirming" and predicts the color will be popular next year in home design, fashion and beauty products, packaging, graphics and more. To see ideas on how to incorporate the color into different palettes, visit the "Palette Exploration" page on the Pantone website.
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Benjamin Moore: Metropolitan
For its 2019 Color of the Year, Benjamin Moore went with a cool gray tone called Metropolitan. This versatile neutral is both serene and elegant. "It's a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design," observes Ellen O'Neill, director of strategic design intelligence for Benjamin Moore. To learn more about Metropolitan and complementary palettes, visit the Benjamin Moore website.
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Behr: Blueprint
Inspired by the color used in architectural drawings, Behr has picked Blueprint as its 2019 Color of the Year. The warm, soft blue has a timeless appeal, says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. "This universally appealing hue provides a steady stream of positivity and is poised to be an instant classic for years to come," she says. To learn more about Blueprint, visit the Behr website.
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PPG: Night Watch
A deep green dubbed Night Watch is PPG's choice for its 2019 Color of the Year. Citing its connection to elements found in nature, such as foliage and water, Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, says the dark green hue is "about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through color." To virtually "try on" this color (or any other) in a variety of rooms, visit the PPG website.
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Ace Hardware: Pineapple Cream Granita
Ace Hardware relied on consumers to pick its Clark+Kensington Color of the Year, hosting a contest in which customers were encouraged to hand mix, create and name their own paint colors. A panel of experts narrowed the field to 25, and 35,000 Ace fans cast their vote on the company’s social media channels, with a light, airy yellow called Pineapple Cream Granita emerging as the favorite. The New Jersey woman who came up with the winning shade says she was inspired by a favorite Italian dessert, calling her creation "sweet with just a bit of tartness." To learn about Ace Hardware's other 2019 color trends, visit the Ace Paint Studio.
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