Simple Paint Ideas: 2019’s Most On-Trend Colors

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WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on August 27, 2019

Bringing new life to your home could be as easy as painting a well-chosen accent wall, and this year, all signs point to the great outdoors for inspiration on colors to choose.

2019 has shown us that there’s always a place for blue. Blue is a primary color and can be paired with several other colors. Paired with white, the color blue is elegant, traditional and calm, offering the perfect accent color without overwhelming the eye. For a subtle blue that plays well in many types of light, try Blueprint, the Behr 2019 Color of the Yeah. For a bolder, authoritative statement wall, we’re not foreign to navy. Find a dining room wall or bathroom to paint navy if you’re looking to introduce elegance and drama to a space, or if you’re feeling daring, go all-out with navy cabinetry. This tone plays well with others, providing a tasteful accent to some or standing alone, but the fun is in the finishes. Add contrast to your navy wall with metallic gold or bronze finishes. If you’re bold enough to go blue, Lake View by Behr might be the right color for you.

Plants aren’t the only thing trending in the design world. 2019 brought the full spectrum of greens back from the 70s and into our homes. From olives to emeralds, we’re ready to go green. Like it’s cousin blue, the color green has the ability to energize and enhance a space without contributing chaos. Green represents vitality, nature and peace. An earthier palette finds the color green seeping into neutrals, blurring the lines between greige and sage. For this fresh yet neutral look, try Urban Nature by Benjamin More or a more earthy Oak Grove. One of our favorite trends, though, is the bolder emerald accent wall. A bold, leafy green like Benjamin Moore’s Brazilian Rainforest adds the perfect amount of drama and flair to any space–modern or contemporary. Like blue, this color pairs well with other natural tones and primary colors including warm yellows, burnt reds and, of course, white.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: never underestimate the power of a well-curated neutral palette. Whether it be warm, southwestern tones or a cooler, coastal feel, neutral palettes can work in a variety of spaces. Again, we love a good greige, and Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist offer’s just that: a timeless, calming neutral with just enough warmth to remind us of salty beach air. Can you hear the ocean? Explore the boundaries of neutral with a welcoming terracotta orange, such as Benjamin Moore’s Firenze: a saturated, brick-like tan that floods any neutral space with warmth. Or, treat it as an accent color to draw the attention back to your terracotta-potted #plantbabies.

Words by Morgan Ernest Hitz