Summer Color Predictions

By Jerry Rabushka,

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Color Trends into 2019

Sure, we’re just getting into winter, but we asked our long-time color correspondent, Kristin Summer of Colors With Kristin, to peer into a crystal ball marked 2019. Not only is she reporting on ’19, she’s tyring to change the game. “We still can’t seem to get rid of that darn gray, but I am part of the team that’s working on it!” she said. “If anything, it is at least steering towards greige (grey/beige).”

And while she’s trying to slow down one trend, she’s happy about another. “I’m on board with Ben Moore’s Color of the Year selection of Metropolitan,” she said. “I’ve been using it for a few years as a base color in many of the homes where I design.” It’s a great start, as a main color in one room as well as a springboard for introducing other colors in that room and rooms nearby. “Having it in a main area such as the living room, entryway, or family room leaves us open to bringing more colors into nearby rooms,” she advised. “Accent colors used with Metropolitan can then serve as a harbinger of a different scheme in adjoining rooms. It’s a true go to for me!” said Summer.


Turn it Into Gold

“This year we are trying to create alchemy in our environments,” Kristin continued. “We are welcoming warm tones back and celebrating craftsmanship and personal touches.”

We don’t recommend you ask people who they voted for, but bear in mind that more than ever, many of your customers see their home as a sanctuary as anxiety over current events is driving them towards a more calming color scheme. “I always feel our color trends go hand in hand with politics,” said Summer. “We are looking for the safety in nature and are staying in blues, greens, beige, soft pinks, and corals. Blues make us feel safe. The deeper blues the better this year—and lots of it!”

While home can be a refuge, it’s also a place to have fun. “Being bold is back,” she stated. “Along with that, there is more of a sense of playing, so there is lots of mixing and matching with colors with more of a sense of play and personal touch, and less feeling stuffy and sterile. We want to feel comfort in our homes and environment.”


Be an Angle Angel

All rooms aren’t the same, and the more you or your designer knows about the shape of the room in relation to the rest of the house, the more effectively you can plan for color. “Proper use of a space is key to great design,” Summer reminded us. “All walls, angles, and the ceiling should be considered before making the decision for the room colors.” Note the angle color in the photo, and seriously, she entreats—don’t forget the ceiling! “I’ve had clients become more open to painting angles a different color or painting the trim deeper colors while keeping walls neutral. It becomes much more personal when they step outside that box. It creates a fun and exciting space!”


Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore recently announced its anticipated Color of the Year 2019—Metropolitan (AF-690), a stylish gray with cool undertones. “Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan 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.”