2019 Colour Trends

It is that time of year when Pantone, followed by the paint companies, have or will start announcing their “Colour of the Year 2019”. I love this time of year and wait eagerly for the announcements to see what colours are going to inform paint, furnishings and decor accessories.

There is a lot of background research that goes into the selection of the COTY with consideration given to global events, architecture, technology, fashion, art exhibits, socioeconomic challenges and trends, industrial developments and environmental issues.

And in spite of the title “Colour of the Year” the companies select one colour to be the lead colour but and also develop a palette of coordinating colours. In fact, the title should really be “Colours of the Year”. The beauty of this is that there are a variety of colours from which to choose so that you do not have to totally re-do your rooms; there will be a colour available from the palettes that will work easily with your colours so that a few updated accessories and touches are all that are needed to keep your spaces looking fresh and updated.

Metallics continue to play a large role in design and decor with finishes that are distressed or burnished with translucent or pearlized finishes and watch for metallics in various shades of blue, yellow, red and green to name just a few. And I have to say decor accessories are available in a fantastic variety of metals and finishes to finding something for your style will not be a challenge!

Colour leader Pantone has recently created the Metallic Shimmers collection (https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-education/fhi-metallic-shimmers?utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb20181009) which includes a wide range of metallic shades in order to meet the demand for coloured metallics in a number of industries including home furnishings and decor. These metallic colours will bring glimmer, texture and a delightful splash of colour to your rooms.

Other COTY announced are:


Warning! Do not read about Pantone’s colour trends if you are hungry!


Benjamin Moore

Metropolitan (AF-690). “Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan exudes glamour, beauty and balance.”



Blue Print (S470-5). “An honest, approachable colour that conjures up the blueprints that builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life, Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own re-imagined life—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action.”



Night Watch (DLX1145-7). “Night Watch is a versatile, deep green derived from last year’s black trend, giving a nod to nature with an underlying urban sophistication.”


Sherwin Williams

Cavern Clay (SW7701) “A warm terracotta colour with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to mid-century modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic.

“This warm, earthy hue is both casual and refined. It can be the backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room or kitchen when paired with bright tiles, warm stone and sculptural greenery. Complementary materials include leather, simple woodgrains and indigenous cacti in contemporary, sleek gardening planters.

Cavern Clay is an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in. Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons—all of this embodied in one colour.”



Tropic of Conversation (SC194-3). “Any space in your home can be transformed into a happy place with this beautiful colour.”


Enjoy browsing the colour palettes – you will find them inspiring and exciting and I know you’ll be thinking of one or two areas of your home where the colours can be incorporated to keep the spaces fresh! Be sure to comment and let me know what your fav colour is (or colours – I challenge you to pick just one!).