Color Trend Round-Up for 2019

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Whether you pay much attention to what the “experts” predict, color surrounds us every day. Which colors we might expect to see in 2019 interior design and home décor is anyone’s guess, but here are what a few industry experts are forecasting and how you can incorporate these trends into your home.

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Behr was one of the first to announce its prediction for 2019 color of the year–Blueprint–and I’m already a fan! This denimy soft blue could work with just about any decorating style – from the sleek lines of modern to the breezy coastal look. It’s a mid-tone blue that is universally appealing. It would create calm in a bathroom or bedroom as easily as upgrading the look of a bookshelf or end table.

You can achieve a similar look with General Finishes Milk Paints so you can create your own home accents. Use 1 part Coastal Blue and 1 part Persian Blue to get our version of this trendy color.

Behr's Blueprint

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Night Watch

PPG has also announced its selection for Color of the Year, and it goes more rich and dramatic with emerald-toned Night Watch. Though this deep color may be too bold for some settings, it can still be a beautiful accent color in your home. Use it to dress up a kitchen island, to allow a painted sideboard to stand out in a neutral dining room or to be “something different” than your traditional black shutters. An accent wall painted in this color would be stunning. Night Watch is similar to last year’s Color of the Year “Oceanside” from Sherwin-Williams, but leans more on the green side.

To achieve a shade like Night Watch with chalk-style paint, try Blue Spruce, a recipe from Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Using 1 part Go Green and 1 part Blue Ridge, you’ll have your own inspired version of Night Watch to be on trend in your home. 

PPG Night Watch

Blue Spruce custom mix


Garden Patch

Garden Patch from Dutch Boy Paints is the latest trending color for 2019. This botanical green is a calming shade that is “not too deep and not too primary” that creates a feeling of optimism in any room. Paired with soft neutrals, Garden Patch offers the look of rejuvenation and peace at the end of the day. Use this color in a new bedding set to refresh your bedroom or with a rug and shower curtain in your bathroom. Update a dresser or TV stand with this shade to add a soft, trendy look to existing furniture pieces.

We created a similar color with Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint in our Moss mix. Using equal parts of Go Green, Galvanized and Dirt—which you can buy in convenient half pints—you’ll have a sure-fire recipe for success. Add a few touches of this pretty shade throughout your home by giving your bathroom vanity, hall table or dining buffet a fresh coat of paint. 

Dutch Boy Garden Patch
Moss custom mix


Living Coral

Pantone announced Living Coral as their 2019 Color of the Year. The company calls their selection an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” This is one of my favorite Pantone picks and I can see it being used with warm grays and mushrooms tones, as well as some complementary blues and greens, in any home. 

A similar happy hue can be created by warming up General Finishes Coral Crush Milk Paint with a tad of Sunglow. This would be a pretty pop of color as an accent table, the inside of a hutch, or a couple of outdoor patio chairs. Im ready to get my paintbrush out!

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year - Living Coral

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Cavern Clay

Sherwin-Williams has chosen Cavern Clay as their Color of the Year – a warm terracotta hue reminiscent of the Southwest. Bring a modern desert esthetic to your home with this shade while bringing the earthy warmth of the outdoors in – “envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons.” Pair Cavern Clay with denim-toned blue, peachy caramel or rich brown to create a combo that looks just right in your house.

With Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, you can create your own Southwestern hue with Brickyard – 1 part Dirt and 1 part Baby I’m Amaized. This would be a perfect color to paint and distress an entryway bench. Double it up with a layer of Blue Spruce before Brickyard – the distressing will leave both colors showing through for a fresh take on an old piece of furniture.

Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay
Brickyard Custom Mix



Though not technically declared a Color of the Year, Weekend is one of HGTV “Fixer-Upper” host Joanna Gaines’ favorites from her Magnolia Home line of interior paints. “Like weekends, this color puts me at ease. It is the calming blue of retreat and relaxation,” she said. “To me, it just feels like home.” As shown here, Weekend looks like the perfect tone to set the stage for serenity in a bedroom or bathroom, but could also be incorporated into other rooms with a fluffy throw and some pillows or as a stand-out color for kitchen cabinets.

We really like this end table revamp below by Kristin’s Krazy Garage that reminds us a lot of Joann’s color.  Kristin custom mixed General Finishes Coastal Blue and Emerald Milk Paints then glazed her project with Pitch Black

Magnolias Weekend

Custom paint job by Kristin's Krazy Garage

Pineapple Cream Granita

Clark+Kensington’s Color of the Year was created and named by an Ace Hardware customer during a contest held to inspire creativity in colors. A panel of experts narrowed down to 25 finalists, and consumers voted for their favorite color. Pineapple Cream Granita is a whispery yellow that is soft enough to function as a neutral in most settings.

Linen and Lace, a mix from Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, is a similar hue that is created from 1 part Dog Bone and 1 part Clean Canvas. It is an ideal color for nearly any room in the house – either as part of a monochromatic scheme or as a base for showcasing more vibrant colors like Peacock, Blue Spruce or Brickyard.

Linen & Lace custom mix

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Benjamin Moore went with Metropolitan for their Color of the Year – a neutral gray that continues the popular gray trend into 2019. Sprinkle in some darker gray accents along with this softer shade for a classic look, or add some muted neutrals in blues and greens for a soothing, tranquil feel.

Create a similar gray to enhance your interior furnishings with a mix of General Finishes paints: 1 part Lamp Black to 10 parts Snow White. Updating and distressing an entryway console table with this adaptable color will give you a perfect backdrop for staging your décor for every season.

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan

General Finishes Milk Paint custom mix

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Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams was dubbed their Color of the Year, adding another blue-greenish shade as a 2019 predicted trend. This color leans a tad greener and lighter than Blueprint. It could take on a calming tone when used with naturals as shown here, or it can be livened up with bold, vivid colors for a more playful look.

By mixing equal parts of General Finishes Halcyon Blue and Lamp Black Milk Paint, we got this pretty color which could work the same way depending on the colors surrounding it.

Reflecting Pool by HGTV Home
General Finishes Milk Paint custom mix


The Valspar 12

Though many companies present a color trend palette, the team at Valspar unveiled not one, but 12 Colors of the Year, and there are some bold, surprising colors in the mix. Here are their dozen selections, along with our comparable colors for updating furniture and accessories in your home.

1. Metropolis Lilac

Metropolis Lilac by Valspar
Grape Nehi custom mix 

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2. Angelic Blue

Angelic Blue by Valspar
General Finishes Milk Paint custom mix

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3. Green Water

Green Water by Valspar
General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint


4. Twilight Mist

Twilight Mist by Valspar
Spring Lilac custom mix

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5. Spring Squash

Spring Squash by Valspar
Just Peachy custom mix

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6. Martinique Dawn

Martinique Dawn by Valspar
General Finishes Basil Milk Paint


7. Wishing Well

Wishing Well by Valspar
Bluebird custom mix

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8. Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride by Valspar
General Finishes Milk Paint custom mix

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9. Seattle Haze

Seattle Haze by Valspar
General Finishes Milk Paint custom mix 

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10. Lime Mousse

Lime Mousse by Valspar
Spring Willow custom mix

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11. Homey Cream

Homey Cream
Banana custom mix

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12. Orange Slice

Orange Slice by Valspar
Coral Rust custom mix

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Whats Your Favorite?

It is always interesting to see what color trends the paint companies and industry experts predict for 2019. Will you be incorporating any of these in your decor for next year? 

When you are ready to start your next DIY project, stop by your local Woodcraft store and let us help you find the right paint, brushes, supplies and advice. Were here to help. 

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We hope youll be inspired!

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