Paint companies and color experts have released their 2019 color predictions, and there are some serious shockers. See what colors will be huge in the coming year, and get inspired to add a splash of fresh color to your home.

By Hannah Bruneman
October 05, 2018

Interior designers and color fanatics wait for it all year—and no, it's not Christmas. Each fall, color experts like Pantone, Behr, Valspar, and Sherwin-Williams predict which paint colors will be the “it” shades in the upcoming year. Historically, the colors have all followed a certain trend, like in 2016 when the paint experts unanimously gravitated towards neutral or muted colors. But color predictions for 2019 are breaking all kinds of boundaries. See all the different colors of the year below—there’s truly something for everyone! Plus, see who is bending the rules by choosing a collection of twelve different hues.

Related: 12 Creative Ways to Decorate with the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Image courtesy of Pantone

Living Coral by Pantone

Pantone is seen as the authority on color, so every year people wait with anticipation to see their pick for Color of the Year. For 2019, they chose a vibrant but soft shade of orange-red, called Living Coral. As the name suggests, the color is similar to coral but slightly muted, making it more livable. The Pantone Color Institute, the experts who choose the color of the year, says the 2019 pick was inspired by energizing aspects of nature and the intimacy and connectivity of social media.

Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore. 

Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore

In a very busy world with neon lights and inescapable screens, Benjamin Moore wants people to pause. Reflecting that is their 2019 color of the year, Metropolitan. The greige hue is soothing, calm, and brings peace to your home. The neutral color fits well with Benjamin Moore's 2019 palette, which features soft neutrals with a few pinks and blues thrown into the mix. For homeowners shy of bold color, this is a great go-to choice in a living room or kitchen.

Image courtesy of Behr

Blueprint by Behr

Behr took a sensible approach to color with its 2019 color of the year, Blueprint. The chalky blue hue can easily be imagined in all rooms, whether it’s a kitchen, bedroom, or basement. As its name suggests, Blueprint is meant to encourage homeowners to build the life they want through color. Along with the color of the year announcement, Behr also released 2019 trend palettes, all of which use Blueprint as a starting point.

Related: Beautiful Blue Living Room Ideas

Image courtesy of PPG

Night Watch by PPG

Night Watch is PPG's pick for 2019 color of the year, and it is rich, moody, and surprisingly calming. PPG representatives describe the color as an evolution of their 2018 color of the year, which was a similar but darker shade. In a press release, PPG's senior color marketing manager said Night Watch is about "bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through color.” Because Night Watch is heavily influenced by nature, it’s easy to pair with a variety of wood species and finishes.

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Cavern Clay by Sherwin-Williams

As southwestern style continues to rise in popularity, it’s no surprise that one of the paint giants used it to inspire its 2019 color of the year. Sherwin-Williams revealed Cavern Clay, an earthy neutral somewhere between burnt orange and tan. One look at the color and we’re instantly reminded of terra-cotta vases and adobe homes. Pair this warm shade with light woods, Aztec prints, layered textures, faux cowhide rugs, and plenty of cacti. Sherwin-Williams also offered key color combinations to round out your 2019 color palette.

Related: Gorgeous Southwestern-Style Rooms

Image courtesy of Ace Hardware

Pineapple Cream Granita by Ace Hardware

While some manufacturers went bold with their color choice, Ace Hardware's Clark+Kensington paint brand went a little more neutral. Pineapple Cream Granita is a slightly yellow hue true to its name. It’s also the only color of the year chosen by homeowners. To narrow down their color of the year finalists, Ace Hardware let fans vote on their social media channels. In the end, more than 35,000 color enthusiasts voted, and Pineapple Cream Granita took the prize.

Related: Get Inspired with These Pretty Yellow Color Schemes

Image courtesy of HGTV Home

Reflecting Pool by HGTV Home

The folks at HGTV Home opted for versatility when choosing a paint color for 2019. Reflecting Pool is a vibrant light blue, which stands out among the year's more muted shades. HGTV Home paired Reflecting Pool with three of their highlighted color palettes—Sophisticated Whimsy, Mystic Light, and Everyday Balance—to emphasize the color’s usability. When paired with other bold colors its vibrancy is amplified, but when used in a room full of neutrals it adds a soft, colorful touch to the space.

Related: Bright and Colorful Bedroom Ideas

Image courtesy of Valspar

Colors of the Year Collection by Valspar

Valspar will turn 10 years old in 2019, so to mark the paint company’s first decade, they curated not one but 12 colors of the year. The shades reflect recent design trends, as opposed to focusing on just one. We see the hygge trend represented in soft colors like Rosy Mauve and Illuminated Violet, and Sea Green and Natural Olive remind us of the surge in houseplant popularity. Altogether, the Valspar colors of the year make an energetic palette, so pick your favorites and pair them with neutrals to tone it down.

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Comments (47)

ljoew
February 6, 2019
What gorgeous, medium, jewel tones of wall paint. The deep darks, and limp, pastels simply don't work as well, in my opinion. Bravo on this year's top picks!
kelloggsgrub
January 29, 2019
I loved blueprint, and could also see the calming effect of metropolitan.
gerrsaunders
February 6, 2019
Me too!
fireflyi
January 29, 2019
Boring!
alice1359535320
January 30, 2019
AGREE!
craiganddebra
January 29, 2019
While I probably wouldn’t use any of these colours for a whole room, as accents some of them could be used to refresh and liven up some of my decor.
emcammarata
January 29, 2019
Metropolitan, Blueprint, and reflecting pool all resonated with me but the Cavern Clay is too close to a muddy orange and the print on it too specific and garish for me.
ALR3786809DW
January 29, 2019
Is every color a color of the year?
jessicaannwebb
January 29, 2019
Metropolitan is GORGEOUS. Love it! 😍
urdchan
January 29, 2019
Blueprint is the only one I can see me using. In fact, it might be exactly what I need to paint the eat-in part of my kitchen.
maderamade
January 22, 2019
I was actually inspired by 3 of these colors, and will be getting the chips to take home to the rooms I intend to paint this year!
FAW25003403
January 17, 2019
I kept waiting to see something spectacular. I have to agree with a lot of folks here, I don't like any of them either. I approach my current painting project with stunning color that makes me and all who come here, feel warm and welcome. Color is a ''feeling'' much deeper than a 'statement.'
smklippstein
January 17, 2019
I truly do not like ANY of these colors and would not use these in my home. Who picked these out??
Lizzy2387
January 16, 2019
The only one I would use is Metropolitan. Blueprint and Reflecting Pool are ok, but the rest are horrible.
elphaba1062
January 17, 2019
And I think you would have incredibly boring walls and cold, sterile rooms.
elizabethmeson1
January 16, 2019
Colors by themselves aren't always as pretty as using interesting colors mixed in with what we like. I look back at decor of 8 to 10 years ago and I have to laugh at myself for not liking it yet it was great in that era! Just like style! So I think we always have a little of a distinct style/color of our own that stays the same throughout the years, but we adapt the new as we get used to it or it evolves to something we like. That's how it works. Think about styles or trends you said you wouldn't ever use, yet in time we all adapt a little (or a lot) to them. We are creatures of evolving habits, hahaha.
FROMTHESWAMPWOODS
January 16, 2019
THESE COLORS ARE DREARY LIKE THE OLD CAFE WALLS IN THE WORK CAFE OR UGLY WALLS GOING TO THE BASEMENT. EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPIMION BUT THESE WALLS ARE IN MY EYES SAD, DREARY, DULL, UGLY.... NOTHING POSITIVE FROM MY VIEW POINT
peggyneer
January 16, 2019
I just put Sherwin Williams cavern clay in the bathroom as an accent wall. It is beautiful and warms up the gray counter and shower walls.
rudinapa2846249
January 16, 2019
Just like fashion designers: hems up down, necklines up down, pants skinny, wide etc. Colors of the home should be what pleases those who live in it. What colors give you the most comfort.
terrysletters
January 16, 2019
AMEN!!!
rubyosborn3
January 16, 2019
I have my bedroom done in a very similar color to the Night Watch and I love it. Very soothing and calming. Perfect color for bedroom!
sbrn2222
January 8, 2019
I like the idea of multiple colors rather than one color of the year because tastes are varied and this is a wide range of colors anyone can play with. I like some of these choices.
retropannolgma
January 7, 2019
So gross! Brass is back so it had to bring the other 80s colors in a "fresh" way. Hate it.
mikesbestgirl
December 28, 2018
I'm not crazy about those colors. Fringe Orange looks like a watered down version of my bedroom color back in the 70's.
ALR12712365DW
January 1, 2019
Totally agree
jwatters752
December 28, 2018
who voted for this crap. the pallet of colors where not thought through
ALR12712365DW
January 1, 2019
It won't let me make a new comment so I will on yours Most of those colors are disgusting. I love pops of color, I grey, white and neutrals too but those?!?! When I sent my daughter a message with the photo of "Valspar's 2019 Colors of the Year" she sent me back a message that just said "Eww" This is my kid that decorates homes and personal shops for clients that can afford that kind of thing. LOL
dellaschristian
December 27, 2018
How ahead of the experts I am! I just redecorated my bedroom with coral/soft pink this past summer!!! Makes me happy every time I look in my room.
eftfmd
January 1, 2019
Very nice!
annabelle1969
December 27, 2018
I am so ready for brighter colors! I just got Coral waffle towels from Gildentree.com - what a nice pop of color in these gloomy winter days.
jfl1893
November 19, 2018
Very happy to see colors other than gray and white! Enough already.
tsalagi152
December 27, 2018
I agree, Grayis a sick color in a home. Recently stayed at a nice motel in Phoenix and the whole place was gray- walls, carpet with some cream design. I could not wait to get out of there. Then I sat in a dining room at an acquaintance's home and the whole house was gray. Felt sick and vowed I will never go back.
margowaskey
October 31, 2018
Just..... NO !!!!
ALR12712365DW
January 1, 2019
Agree!
thmpsnbev
October 30, 2018
Pineapple Cream Granita??? Wow! Someone found a name that is really out there!! I agree that you must decide what you have in furniture (ie, wood, glass, chrome) and what would work with them in a color. and watch decorating with a busy design (red, orange) because it gets old fast!!
sqstock
October 29, 2018
I have never seen such an ugly grouping of colors! Blech!!
theeagleslady
December 27, 2018
I couldn't agree more!
susansherwoodd
October 30, 2018
I remember a designer magazine saying yeay, "the mauve-ing of America is over" some 20 years ago. And here it comes again. Blech!
atlmainiac3709805
October 29, 2018
I do feel free not to use them, and won't be. To me, they are all dull and depressing in feel.
atlmainiac3709805
October 29, 2018
I agree, really ugly colors.
lajessen1
October 29, 2018
Feel free not to use them then. No need to disparage someone else's choice.
hlub34a1
October 29, 2018
Be sure to consider the color of your flooring: carpet, wood/laminate, tile, etc when choosing a color, as well as your furniture and current window treatments. Paint a sample section and check it in all lighting conditions: natural, sunny, cloudy, and artificial lighting: LED, CFL and/or incandescent/fluorescent.
ttwing1
January 16, 2019
Great advice!
AliceMcKS
October 23, 2018
Love, love, love color--it expresses one's personality. So tired of seeing grey!!
mayhemmom
October 29, 2018
I can agree there! Too many blah rooms out there!
sukiemccormick
October 19, 2018
In other words, paint your interior with any colors that suit your style and makes you happy.
Anonymous
I agree with you, I have a lot of color in my house because they make me happy and feel good!