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What is the Color of the Year for 2019?

Happy woman paint wall at home to illustrate the color of the yearThe color of the year depends on which paint company you ask

It’s that fun time of the year when paint color nerds look forward to the paint manufacturers announcing their annual “Color of the Year.”  Here’s the thing. Sherwin Williams, BEHR, Ace’s Clark + Kensington, PPG, Dutch Boy and Benjamin Moore all choose different colors for the coming year. So what’s a homeowner to do? Take a look at what each company has to offer and choose the ones you like best. They’re all beautiful!

Sherwin Williams
A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, “Cavern Clay SW 7701,” is Sherwin Williams 2019 Color of the Year. A nod to mid-century modern style and the soul of the American Southwest make this color the perfect desert modern aesthetic. It’s a warm, earthy hue, creating both casual and refined looks. Paired with bright tiles, it can be the backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room or kitchen. Materials that complement the color include leather, simple woodgrains, and indigenous cacti. Cavern Clay is an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors inside. Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons, all embodied in one color.

Behr chose an honest, approachable hue this year, “Blueprint S470-5.” Warmer than denim, softer than navy, Blueprint S470-5 conjures up the blueprints that builders rely on when they bring architectural designs to life. According to BEHR, “the shade promises to deliver authenticity, confidence and timelessness” when used for either the interior or exterior of your home. In fact, Blueprint could work really well in any living space; especially a bathroom. For the exterior, use it on doors and shutters, or paint your entire house this cool blue hue. It has so much versatility. Whatever you pair the color with reflects what mood it’s going to take on. Consider using it in a bedroom where the color will promote a good night’s sleep.

Ace’s Clark + Kensington
Ace Hardware did something very cool for their 2019 Color of the Year pick, “Pineapple Cream Granita.” Early in the year, during Ace’s Neighborhood Paint Party, consumers got to mix a color by hand and name their creation for a chance to be entered into Ace’s Color of the Year contest. Submissions were judged by a panel of Ace color experts first, where 25 finalists were selected. Next, more than 35,000 customers voted for their favorite color on Ace’s social media channels. The winning Clark + Kensington color was created by Francine C., of New Jersey, at her local Ace, Costello’s Ace Hardware of Lincoln Park, NJ.

“When I created this color, I was daydreaming about enjoying a delicious dessert while on a relaxing vacation in Sicily with my daughter,” said winner Francine C. “The color is soothing and yet bright; sweet with just a bit of tartness. It was so much fun to participate in this process and I hope everyone loves Pineapple Cream Granita as much as we do!”
Besides creating Ace’s 2019 Color of the Year, Francine won a $1,000 Ace Gift Card. This creamy shade of yellow looks stunning when mixed with white in a kitchen. It’s also a beautiful color for any room in your house.

Night Watch,” a rich teal, was chosen by the pros at PPG as this company’s 2019 Color of the Year. Part of the aqua color family, the luxe shade, selected by PPG’s board of global color experts, “allows homeowners to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature in their spaces. The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature,” says PPG senior marketing manager Dee Schlotter.Dutch Boy

Dutch Boy
Dutch Boy Paints picked a beautiful rich green called “Garden Patch” for its 2019 Color of the Year. Just as the name suggests, the color is inspired by nature and might remind you of Pantone’s Color of the Year from 2017: Greenery, just with a softer, less yellowy tone. This happy shade of green is so pretty for a front door or for a colorful kitchen.

“All of our colors for 2019 have a happier tone and reflect an upswing in how people are feeling. Even colors that are traditionally on the cooler side of the palette have a level of warmth and happiness than what we’ve seen in the recent past,” said Rachel Skafidas, color and design manager of Dutch Boy Paints. “Even though people may see challenges in their lives, they’re thinking positively and expressing more empathy.”

Benjamin Moore
For Benjamin Moore, the 2019 Color of the Year is a beautiful warm gray called “Metropolitan.” The warmth in this gray is an example of how we, as a society, are moving into warmth today. After all, gray is the new black and it’s not going anywhere. In fact, gray has become a staple color because it’s so calm and balancing.

“Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony, and extravagant ease,” explains Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co. “Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty.” 

Why is color so important in a home?
Color is such an emotional element in a home. The number one reason homeowners look for a new paint color on their walls is to change the mood or feeling of a space. Whether you want to make a space feel more energetic, more relaxing or more open, color has the power to make that transformation happen. Read this article for info on the stats behind paint color trends.

Of course, there are many reasons to paint a home. One of the most important reasons is to freshen your property for sale. If you’re contemplating selling your home, I invite you to contact me. As a Montecito Realtor and resident for many years, I can provide valuable insight into the current local real estate market, as well as inform you about my singular marketing expertise. On the other hand, if you’re going to be looking for a new home, chances are you’ll want to consider having that one painted as well.  In fact, I might have the home of your dreams in my portfolio of current listings. Just give me a call at +1.805.886.9378 or email me at


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