Two Very Different Colors of the Year
In the winding down days of 2018, people are already hard at work predicting the trends of 2019. Two of my favorite paint companies released what they think will be the hot colors for the coming year (wth coordinating palettes around them, naturally), and boy, they couldn’t be more different. I can see where both of the colors are on trend though, so let’s have a look, shall we?
My friends at Benjamin Moore have selected Metropolitan AF-690, a cool, neutral gray, with a whisper of an undertone of green.
This color is certainly on trend with the nearly colorless palettes that are extremely popular right now. It pairs well with most other neutrals, as well as rich greens, and muted blues. I’m actually using something very similar on my kitchen cabinets, though the color I’m looking at is more silvery neutral because a gray with a green undertone could turn absolutely, positively, jungle green with the wall of glass I’m putting in looking out over the vivid natural Houston foliage in my back yard.
As with any paint color, I recommend using a color you’ve seen and liked as a starting point for the “real” color you’ll end up with. Metropolitan looks very light in Benjamin Moore’s photos, but in a room without a bright exposure, it could be much darker, so always swatch a couple of different shades on your walls.
Also, just from my own experience using grays, the more you sample, the better the results will be. You wouldn’t think a soft, neutral gray-green could go purple, but you’d be wrong. The same colors in different rooms can reflect wildly different colors depending on the light reflected in the room, and at different times of day. Choosing even a simple neutral gray is both an art and a science, with a little bit of magic thrown in!
Overall, Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan is a solid pick, on-trend, versatile, and easy to work with, so I’m giving it a thumbs up!
Now my friends over at Sherwin-Williams have gone in the opposite direction, and named a very specific bold color as their paint color of the year: Cavern Clay SW 7701. This color makes a statement, and again, you’ll want to swatch it out in your room. In a sunny exposure room, I can see this being a warm, slightly washed-out orange, but in a darker room, it might become too feverish.
As I said, this color of the year is very specific but I can also see it being popular with the Navajo-meets-Danish-Modern trend millennials are loving. Who it may not work for is people like me, who already lived through a Southwest trend in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and would rather leave it in our pasts, sort of like our permed hair. But honestly, as things nostalgic often do, I can also see it growing on me, especially paired with navy or sage, so we are going to leave the jury out on this one and revisit it later in 2019! Time will tell...
What do you think of Metropolitan and Cavern Clay? Can you see yourself using them in your home? As always, I’d love to hear your comments. Color is deeply personal to all of us, and brings up such interesting reactions and emotions, so I love to hear other points of view. My no-go color may be your ultimate favorite, and vice-versa, and I’d love to hear why!