The paint manufacturers have spoken, and there's a trending shade for every style this year. Whether you love soft, pastel shades of blue, classic whites, or dark, moody colors like black and burgundy, let our roundup of popular paint colors inspire your next room renovation.

By Cyndy Aldred
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The paint manufacturers have released their 2019 color forecasts, and we couldn’t be more excited about their color predictions for the year to come! Neutrals take a warm spin this year, leaving cold shades of gray behind. Moody blue, brown, and burgundy paint colors are on the rise, as well as grounding shades of black. If you’re looking for the perfect paint color, you will find beautiful inspiration from these forecasted colors.

Image courtesy Millhaven Homes; Photo by Rebekah Westover

1. Moody Colors

"Moody" might not be what you want to hear when it comes to weather forecasts and the stock market, but when it comes to picking a paint color, the moodier the better! Rich, dark, and complex colors like chestnut brown, deep burgundy, and charcoal blue are considered moody because of their velvety appearance and complex undertones, which provide layers of rich depth that we don’t always see with traditional colors.

Paint manufacturers predict that moody colors will be some of the big stars when it comes to 2019 paint colors, and we couldn’t be more excited. These rich colors are a great way to make a dramatic statement on cabinetry or accent walls, and in small bathrooms for a den-like appearance.

Cabinetry paint color: Benjamin Moore, Trout Gray

Image courtesy Simons Design Studio and Magleby Construction

2. Nature Influences

Paint manufacturers take a close look at all aspects of society, including fashion trends, architecture and global influences, as they form their yearly color forecasts. Even our increased use of smartphones and devices is a factor that color experts note can play a role in the paint colors we gravitate towards when choosing colors for our homes.

The paint companies unanimously noted in their 2019 forecasts that serene colors reminiscent of the sky, nature, and the ocean are gaining popularity with consumers as a way to balance and relax our overstimulated eyes at the end of the day. Look to muted blues, greens, grays, and browns for a calming nod to nature

Wall paint color: Benjamin Moore, African Gray (diluted 50%)

Image courtesy Millhaven Homes; Photo by Rebekah Westover

3. Cozy Whites

White will always be a staple color for paint manufacturers, but what do the paint experts have to say about the white wall trend? Behr color expert Erika Woelfel says that "while bright white hues are an enduring favorite within homes (and Instagram feeds!), we’re seeing warmer whites emerge all across the country.”  Erika further noted that tried-and-true hues like Behr Swiss Coffee and Antique White feel fresh, light and cozy, all at the same time. Polar Bear continues to be Behr's most popular classic, crisp white.

Wall paint color: Clark+Kensington, Silent White

Image courtesy Benjamin Moore

4. Warm Neutrals

Few will be surprised that neutral paint colors continue to be one of the most popular paint trends in 2019. However, manufacturers have predicted that consumers will trend toward slightly warmed-up neutrals in the year ahead. These warm neutrals will mean a shift from cooler grays to greiges and tans.

Color experts also note that, when it comes to specific neutral shades that will trend in 2019, we will be seeing everything from the most subtle light warm grays to mid-tone browns that can make a space appear cozier.

Wall paint color: Benjamin Moore, Metropolitan

Image courtesy Realm Interiors; Photo by Joyelle West

5. Contrasting Black

According to paint manufacturers, black is back in a big way in 2019!  Although some of us might wonder if black really ever disappeared. Black is a beautiful way to add contrast to white or lighter spaces when used on cabinetry, interior doors, and accent walls.

If you like the idea of incorporating black into your home but worry about a true black being too strong, consider choosing an almost-black hue with a gray or brown undertone. These shades of black will give you beautiful contrast without being too bold and dramatic.

Cabinetry paint color: Benjamin Moore, Black Onyx

Image courtesy Studio McGee; Photo by Lindsay Salazar

6. Soft Hues

Soft hues and muted colors are also predicted to trend in 2019. Paint manufacturers are seeing this resonate with consumers as they begin to add small pops of color to all-neutral spaces, a trend that has been popular throughout the past few years. Softer shades are a great compromise for those who want a touch of color but are not ready to go bold.

Cabinetry paint color: Benjamin Moore, Platinum Gray

Comments (16)

Anonymous
February 25, 2019
Thank you for adding the names of the paint colors you used in the photos!
Anonymous
February 24, 2019
Grey is too cold—it’s fine as an accent pairing it with taupe or black and other accent colors like pinks, greens, purples, etc. but people do not feel comfortable around it. Trust me on this— I did my entire house in it back in the 90’s. I thought florals would make it feel fresh, but alas—no. My favorite colors—Kilim Beige walls with Divine White trim. It goes beautifully with everything—even grey furniture and art. Divine white is warm but still feels clean. It has withstood the test of time. Glad to see warm whites coming back!
Anonymous
February 23, 2019
I wish Better Homes could move beyond these annual nods to white, black, grey, beige/tan, and brown. Compare your photo choices from one year’s overview to the next. Apart from gradations within shades, they could be characterized as interchangeable. This year, you’ve even left out the shot of your perennial blueish-greenish “serene landscape” hue. While pleasing layouts and decors are well and good, there’s more to this; and the rest of us keep moving forward.
Anonymous
February 23, 2019
Boring, boring, boring! Gray, white, black, muted. What about some COLOR!
Anonymous
February 21, 2019
White is cold and having been born and raised on Lake Erie, I wouldn't suggest you use white unless you heat it up with a lot of warmer add ins.....As for gray, I have lived for the last 50 years in Texas and have seen gray used very effectively! I am, due to parentage, bi-polar in nature if I don't keep a watch on it and so don't find gray a good use for me. If I lived on the coast, my colors would be the new coral and aqua with lots of natural accents. I live inland and use color to boost my mood and highlight my antiques. I love to see these rooms......I can live vicariously through your suggestions....thanks.
Anonymous
February 12, 2019
I live in the Pacific Northwest. It's gray enough here in the winter without seeing it in my home too. I think if you live in a climate that is sunny year-round, then gray would be fine. I do think that gray has been way overused, especially on house exteriors. To me, it's just not cozy or inviting--nor original. I like my home to be more individualistic. But, each to their own.
Anonymous
February 12, 2019
This past fall I moved from a house where I had used colors with deep hues to our current home that was painted with many tones of gray, tans with some accent walls. I find it refreshing and freeing! I can use so many more colors to accessorize. It feels lighter! I do have a few moody colors but even they are neutral enough that I haven't had to repaint anything.
Anonymous
February 12, 2019
If you lived in New England,where the winters are LONG and GRAY, that is the last color you would choose. Talk about depressing. I like color!
Anonymous
February 6, 2019
I've always gone with what I like not what's trendy. Be a leader not a follower. I think it's crazy to let someone else decided what color you should Love.
Anonymous
February 5, 2019
I work as a Color Consultant and have been trying to help clients choose colors other than Gray's! Yes, it is everywhere but not everyone is comfortable in a Gray space...I tell my clients that if you love color...USE IT! and stop trying to mimic TV decorating shows and magazine photos...they are for inspiration! If you do not like a color do not feel that you need to use it because you think it is "IN"...I get so many people that buy the house painted all gray inside and they want color! They want to be in their happy space...do not fear using colors you love or going with your instinct! It is your home, your space...LOVE what you put into it!
Anonymous
February 4, 2019
To each his own but I hate gray - on walls, on floors, on furniture or cabinets. It's cold and uninviting. Then to go pair it with black you end up with a room that looks like it doubles as a morgue. Unfortunately gray and black are all you see in magazines and showrooms. Whatever happened to colors that resemble something living?
Anonymous
February 4, 2019
I see all neutrals in these photos, including gray. They have to tell us that gray is out, so they can sell more paint, furniture, cabinets, bedding, etc. in other colors. God forbid any of us should be satisfied with the gray colors we’ve decorated with. I, for one, have just embraced gray, taupe, white and black. Perfect neutrals. Any touches of color will be in accessories only. I’m not going to play the “current color” game.
Anonymous
February 4, 2019
So......there’s no brown, no burgundy, one white, one black, one cream or ivory, and 3 grays. But we’re leaving grays behind. And can you call gray ‘cold’? It’s the ultimate neutral for me, neither cold nor warm. Who writes this crap?
Anonymous
February 4, 2019
Swiss Coffee is my absolute go-to white. It's warm and neutral and is great with a Tuscan theme. Love it.
Anonymous
February 4, 2019
The first category description-for moody colors-doesn’t contain a link like the others. Is there a page or post that goes more in to that color scheme?
Anonymous
February 4, 2019
Well, certainly grays have not been left behind. Even when gray is not the chosen color, the rooms depicted incorporate plenty of gray. It is impossible to clearly convey how tired I am of gray, gray, GRAY!! Please, can we move on to something else — perhaps to something with a hint of sunshine? I am more than ready for it!