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Smart Design With Suzette: 2019 Color Of The Year

on February 6, 2019 - 7:52am

A door painted in Pantone's color of the year, Living Coral. Courtesy image

This is an example of how to incorporate Sherwin William's color of the year, Cavern Clay, into your home. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

It’s always exciting when a brand announces its Color of The Year, but let’s be honest, sometimes, we’re unsure of the best way to incorporate it into our own design scheme.  After reading this article, you will begin to recognize these colors everywhere you go in clothing, makeup and home décor.

Why would you care about any Colors of the Year? Well, it’s a small way to update your home and bring in a breath of fresh air. A word of caution, don’t use all these colors in your home.

Pick one or two that appeal to you and go for it. Have a neutral base of wall color and bring in pops of color in accessories and strategic places.

PANTONE Living Coral 16-1546
For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging and graphic design.

 This year, Pantone has announced Living Coral 16-1546 as the Color of the Year. This is a very bright color so for your home, I would suggest your front door or a throw pillow.

A warm terracotta color, Cavern Clay is a nod to the American Southwest. This warm, earthy hue is reminiscent of smooth clay, canyons and deserts. Cavern Clay pairs well with neutrals such as a warm gray or a dusty, denim blue.
Note that bringing this color into your space does NOT have to be with paint. Cavern Clay is the same hue as most terracotta pots.

Implementing clay pots is an easy, inexpensive way to bring this pop of color to an otherwise neutral space.

Some leather tones are almost a perfect match to Cavern Clay. So if you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture or even a leather accessory, adding a leather piece is a sophisticated way to incorporate the color into your space.

BEHR Blueprint S470-5
Much like the sketches builders rely on to bring an architectural design to life, Blueprint S470-5 lays a foundation for consumers to make their unique vision a reality.

It’s a very usable color, very livable. It works well with many other colors such as pastels or neutrals.
So what’s the best way to use Blueprint in your own home? I would love to see this on kitchen cabinets. But if you’re more reserved, experiment with a much smaller project.

Try painting a piece of furniture like a coffee table or bookshelf in this classic blue. For the exterior, paint doors or shutters.  It has so much versatility.

BENJAMIN MOORE Metropolitan AF-690
When all of the other paint manufacturers picked dark rich colors of the year, Benjamin Moore has settled on a mid-tone neutral, subdued hue Metropolitan AF-690, a trendy gray with cool undertones.  

I love it. I’m impressed that Benjamin Moore decided to choose a color that is something consumers would actually consider using on our walls or cabinetry.
“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

Benjamin Moore didn’t stop with the introduction of Metropolitan. The brand has also released its Color Trends 2019, a palette of hues, ranging from neutrals to rich blues and greens, that all complement Metropolitan. The colors are realistic and are what is trending today, which is very refreshing.

Whether you choose to go bold in an entryway by pairing Metropolitan with navy or use the gray shade with a mix of other neutrals in a living room, the curated palette is sure to spark paint ideas.

Why is color so important in a home?
Color is such an emotional element in a home. The number one reason that people are looking for a new paint color on the 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.

Suzette Fox is a local interior designer and real estate broker at RE/MAX First. Visit her website

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