Colours of the year 2019

We’re almost at the end of 2018, and the paint colour trends for 2019 have been announced by various brands around the globe. 2018 is all about the pinks and greys, the new neutrals that have become classics. Are they going to stick around for 2019?

Here are some of the colours that are going to feature in home decor and commercial interiors next year.



Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2019 has been revealed as ‘Spiced Honey’, a warm, rich caramel-like hue with sandy, amber tones which change according to light. A new neutral of sorts, best combined with primary pops of colour or colour block with greens, greys, pastels and whites.


Behr’s 2019 color of the year is ‘Blueprint’, defined by its colour expert as “a refined blue with just the right amount of depth and brightness.” It is a soft, slightly green-hued shade of blue, best paired with earthy wooden tones for a cool, crisp look or yellows and oranges for a stylish retro decor scheme.


“We have identified Kabuki as a key design influence for [our] Colour of the Year 2019, ‘Tiru’ ” say the trend specialists at Graham & Brown. It’s a lovely idea to take inspiration from the blue dramatic masks of the Kabuki theatrical tradition, where blue it symbolises purity and modesty. Pair with ochre yellows and rich greys for a classic midcentury look, or metallics and pastels for a contemporary twist.


The American paint brand named ‘Cavern Clay’, a warm orange-y dark yellow, as its latest Colour of the Year. Similar to ‘Spiced Honey’, this is a warm, sandy brown neutral, described as “an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in”. “Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons.” This is one colour that you can use with a 70s revival palette, colour-blocked with ochre yellow, burnt orange and caramel brown.


I love the name of this colour of the year, even though is a bit confusing … The American paint company PPG’s colour of the year is ‘Night Watch’, “a rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green that reflects consumers’ urge to reconnect with nature in today’s tumultuous society.” Well said! Pair this lush dark teal with millenial pink for a modern tropical look, or pebble grey for a Scandinavian look with a twist.


Pantone’s choice of the defining colours of 2019 must come as a relief to those who hated their controversial 2018 Colour of the Year, ‘Ultraviolet’. Pantone’s comprehensive Home & Interiors report for 2019 includes eight color palettes for housewares and interior design which all together represent a return to the classics, with some crave-worthy hues thrown in. The report singles out two main colour palettes that will invade homes and businesses in the new year.

crv-plates1The ‘Cravings’ palette is made up of glorious, dessert-inspired “spicy reds, sweet flamingo orange and rich purples.”, whereas the ‘Classico’ is a range of neutral tones, comprised of earthy blues and greys. I love the constrasts … And the philosphy behind these is: “Inspired by the idea of focus — because of the infinite choices of our time and the need to hone in on those that capture roving eyes — PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2019 is a color roadmap that is focused on the colors that are leading the way towards a diverse, imaginative future.”


Farrow & Ball did not reveal their colour of the year, but it launched NINE fabulous new nature-inspired paints, ranging from an Oriental pink, a feminine muted dark rose, a violet-infused red, to a sandy neutral lavender-like cream, a blue-hued Parisian grey and a rich olive green. Autumnal elegance at its best.


Sanderson paint launches no less than 50 new shades this autumn, from rich greys to flamboyant greens. The most exciting ones are the lilac infused blues, delicate and fresh at the same time.



What do you think about the 2019 palettes?


Images: Pantone, PPG, Graham & Brown, Behr, Dulux, Farrow & Ball , Sanderson

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