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2019 Color Trends

With each new year comes a fresh wave of design trends, often a play off of last year’s trends with a few changes and additions sprinkled in. Color is essential in the world of interior design- from the paint on the walls, to the furniture, rug, window coverings, and accessories, all of the colors in the space have to flow and compliment one another.

This year gray continues to trend, but in a bit of a different shade (Pewter), along with Living Coral, Blush, and an unexpected warm Clay color.

  1. Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

From Pantone, “Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media”.

Living Coral probably isn’t the first color you’d think to put in your home, but it’s sure a bright and fun addition to the neutral grays we’ve seen in years past. Before searching the internet for inspiration, I assumed the color would likely be used on accent walls and accessories, but was pleasantly surprised to see the designs above. A fun coral couch, accent chairs, dining chairs, or an entertainment center is sure to brighten your day each time your enter your home.

More from Pantone, “Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color”. We love this perspective on the color- it’s getting back to nature in a fun, upbeat, and truly mesmerizing way.

If you’re feeling bold, why not add a little Living Coral to your home!

2. Blush Pink

We’ve seen blush in various forms over the years- first starting in the wedding industry, then moving into fashion, and finally in home interiors. In 2016 Pantone named Rose Quartz one of its colors of the year, and the tone has been here to stay ever since.

From Pantone, “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”.

Roze Quartz, or Blush, beautifully compliments the grays, neutrals, and blues that we’ve seen recently in interior design. It’s a soft, feminine color that provides serenity to a space.

As seen in the photos above, blush looks particularly stunning on velvet upholstery, and perfectly pops when paired with a bold more masculine color. Blush has also made its way into light fixtures and hardware, in the form of rose gold.

If you’re wanting to stick with neutrals when investing in furniture, try painting your space in a sweet blush hue. Blush is considered timeless, but also very “now”, so paint is a great option to be easily changed out in the future.

3. Clay

You may not have expected this one. Clay is one of the most popular colors of 2019, likely due to Sherwin Williams naming their 2019 color of the year Cavern Clay.

From Sherwin Williams, “A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay SW 7701, is our 2019 Color of the Year. Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury 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 color”.

Clay is a beautiful extension of the neutral homes we’ve become accustomed to with its subtle yet statement making natural hue. With our desert landscape and warm climate, Arizona is the perfect place to give the color Clay a chance to shine in your home.

4. Warmer Grays / Pewter

Gray is here to stay, just in a bit of a warmer colorway this year. We’ve seen years of cool gray tones from paint to furniture to cabinetry and upholstery. As white walls increase in popularity, the design industry is moving toward a warmer gray to balance the stark white.

From the Decoraid Trending Colors in 2019 blog, “The perfect gray-beige and a rich alternative to all white walls, pewter paint colors provide an almost blank canvas that’s anything but bland.

Though it should have been a standard before it was shortlisted as one of the best paint colors for 2019, this is one color trend not to be underestimated. In fact, our interior designers suggest taking pewter paint color ideas throughout your home rather than just one room as its one shade that works with everything, everywhere”.

Warmer gray tones also evoke a more “homey” feel, less stark and more cozy, ideal for family-centered spaces and master bedrooms.

Unlike the cooler gray tones, pewter also pairs well with all metals from silver to gold and brass, making it ideal for cabinetry in kitchens, built ins, and laundry rooms.

This stunning sectional is one of the most recent additions to our showroom. With the rust accent pillows, and a warm pewter body fabric, it’s sure to make your home “trendy” in 2019, but also timeless with its simple shape, pillow back, and overall neutral look.

We invite you to visit Norwood today to allow on of our Interior Designers to help you create a space that will fit your lifestyle and taste in every way! Some “trends” are only temporary, but when done right your favorite “trend” can be styled timelessly in your home. We’d be honored to help you make that happen.

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