The 2019 Colors of the Year

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Whether fashion or decor, there is always a lot of buzz when companies reveal their Colors of the Year palettes. Design teams spend months creating personas and scenarios to then envision how color plays a part in each lifestyle. Several companies have recently made their announcements, so you can be sure you’ll be seeing more of these colors in the coming months. We’ve gathered some highlights so you can start putting them to work in your formulations.

Living space painted with Sherwin Williams Raconteur palette - learn more about 2019 colors of the year in the Prospector Knowledge Center.
SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin-Williams launched their Colormix®Color Forecast 2019 – 42 trend colors organized into six unique color personalities: Shapeshifter, Wanderer, Aficionado, Enthusiast, Naturalist, and Reconteur. Each personality is based on unique aspirational qualities, such as “visionary and creative,” and “bespoke and rare.” Look for colors such as:

  • Endless Sea
  • Dark Night
  • Ancestral Gold
  • Dark Clove
  • Charcoal Blue
  • Positive Red
  • Eros Pink
  • Poised Taupe

According to Forbes2, “Earth tones are emerging as a top trend in kitchen designs this year,” says Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing Sue Wadden. Mushroom tones and leafy greens in the Naturalist color journal can evoke a relaxing scene for kitchens.

Interior design blog Italian Bark has identified pastels as key colors in 20193, drawing insight from design and furniture trade shows earlier this year. Their top picks:

  • Lilac: softer version of Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet
  • Primrose Pink and Tea Rose: aka “Millennial Pink”
  • Peach Orange: “a beautiful shade between Pink and Orange…I’m bettng is will be the new Millennial Pink we will see very much around in the next months”
  • Celadon, Celery and Avocado
  • Lemon Yellow
Pantone's 2019 "Cravings" palette - learn more about 2019 color trends in the Prospector Knowledge Center.
SOURCE: Pantone

As a leading color trendsetter, Pantone, too, has released their 2019 predictions, via their PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2019 book. This collection of 72 colors, organized into eight themes focuses on what colors are “next” – colors that engage and appeal to emotions, capture attention, and entice purchases. They feature two specific collections:
Cravings and Classico, as well as Syncopated, Paradoxical, Musings, Cherish, Meanderings, and Proximity.5 Per Apartment Therapy6, the colors are “a return to the


  1. Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2019
  2. Forbes: The Color Trends We’re Going To Be Seeing In 2019
  3. Italian Bark: Color Trends 2019: Pastels are the new neutrals
  4. Pantone: PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2019
  5. LinkedIn Pulse/Ann Porter: PANTONE Colors That Will Be Trending in 2019
  6. Apartment Therapy: Pantone Just Announced What Colors We’ll Crave For Interiors in 2019

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