Three paint specialists select their 2019 colours of the year

From warm honey and earthy clay tones through to a humble and honest blue, the 2019 Colours of the Year selected by Dulux, Sherwin-Williams and Behr Paint are easy on the eye and bring a touch of subtle 70s sophistiation to the home.

Dulux has settled on the deliciously warm, subtle and yet versatile Spiced Honey as the Colour of the Year 2019 and to reflect “the new positive mood of the moment.”

The warm amber tone of Spiced Honey can be calm, soothing, cosy or vibrant depending on the palette it is combined with and is easy to use in the home. Paired with earthy ochres and cool greys Spiced Honey is a sophisticated colour, whilst a more contemporary, graphic edge can be brought by combining it with black, bold brights and lush indoor plants with modern furniture.


The easy-going neutral chosen by Dulux is reminiscent of the Sherwin-Williams colour choice announced earlier this year, Cavern Clay (SW7701), described as: “A warm terracotta colour with ancient, elemental roots. We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s—with a twist,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams.

Cavern Clay is an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in. Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons infused with the soul of the American South-West. Cavern Clay pairs well with other casual, balanced neutrals such as a warm gray, deep brown or dusty denim blue.


Meanwhile Behr Paint is reluctant to relinquish the popular blues already sweeping through home and gift and has announced that is own colour of the year for 2019 is Blueprint (S470-5). Softer than navy and warmer than denim, Behr’s colour expert, Erika Woelfel believes Blueprint has universal appeal and will stand the test of time.


Behr has developed a full Colour Trends Palette for the year to come, selecting the best tones and hues to complement Blueprint based around four different looks. Colour Binge is a monochromatic drama featuring teal and navy; Inspired Curation features modern deep green and warm gold; Down to Earth hearkens back to our honey and terracotta shades, while Soft Focus shows how Blueprint can work with trendy pastel lilac and peace colours.









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