12 Top Paint Color Trends for 2019, According to Experts

Interior designers and paint manufacturers share the year's most popular shades

Living room with gallery wall

Benjamin Moore

When it comes to design, few things can set the mood of a room more than its hue. Picking out the perfect paint color can be stressful—from compiling color swatches to painting test strips, getting the ideal color down is an art form. The good news? Paint isn't permanent, and mixing it up can be a great way to transform a room without a lot of effort. The trendy colors for 2019, from crisp white to bold coral, offer an array of design possibilities for an of-the-moment home.

Overview

  • Color Family: Varies. Orange shades, deep blues and greens, and cool whites are in style.
  • Complementary Colors: Varies. Neutrals work well with all colors. Muted blue complements vibrant coral. Apple red works well with deep green.
  • Pairs Well With: Varies. Many pair well with neutral furnishings.
  • Mood: Ranges from calming to energizing
  • Where to Use: Great for every room in your home

Here are some of the biggest paint color trends of 2019 from designers and paint manufacturers alike. 

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    Benjamin Moore Navajo White

    Dining room with white walls
    Trim Design Co

    White paint is here to stay, according to Annabel Joy from Trim Design Co. "[We] recommend homeowners abandon the cool grays that have dominated for the past several years and embrace the new neutrals, which are warmer and more complex," Joy says. Neutrals with warm tones give a room dimension and depth. Benjamin Moore's Navajo White, Joy says, is "the perfect backdrop for the primitive decor and old world farmhouse trends we’re seeing the return of this year, especially in kitchens."

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    Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

    Entry way with black paint
    Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore introduced 15 hues that they predict will rule 2019. One of our favorites? Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy, as seen in this stunning entryway. Dark, moody walls have been on the rise in 2019, and we don't see the momentum stopping any time soon. Sure, we love bright white walls that open up a space, but deep, rich colors can add endless personality. This dark navy blue creates a stately, chic look that's perfect for powder rooms, accent walls, or entryways. 

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    Benjamin Moore Beau Green

    Dark green wall with a flower in front of it
    Benjamin Moore

    We expect to see Benjamin Moore's Beau Green everywhere this year. Similar to the deep navy, this rich hunter green is perfect for lending depth to your space. Green adds a lushness that packs a punch and makes a statement. We love the idea of Beau Green in a traditional dining room, den, or cozy office. Add a gallery wall with colors that play well with deep green walls, and you'll create some sophisticated visual interest.

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    Benjamin Moore Head Over Heels

    Bathroom with soft pink vanity
    Benjamin Moore

    This enviable primary bathroom features three of Benjamin Moore's 2019 color trends: Decorator’s White (bathroom walls), Head Over Heels (bathroom vanity), and Metropolitan (far wall). This year, we predict we'll see a whole lot more soft pinks (like Head Over Heels) than ever before. No longer a color reserved for nurseries, pink is now sophisticated and modern. The soft pink vanity shown here offers a pop of color without sacrificing a clean, neutral look.

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    Benjamin Moore Super White

    living room with leather couch
    Trim Design Co.

    According to Annabel Joy from Trim Design Co., you don't have to totally abandon the clean stark whites that have been popular the last few years. This living room is painted with Benjamin Moore's Super White, which instantly brightens up the space. If you're considering a cool white, look for rooms that could use a little more natural light. A cool white helps reflect what light you already have and creates the illusion of a spacious, open room. 

    Tip

    Focusing on painting one wall at a time can speed up the painting process. When you finish the last wall, the first may be ready for its second coat.

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    Valspar Blushing Bride

    room with pink walls
    Valspar

    Like Benjamin Moore, Valspar also predicts pink will be big in 2019. One of their 12 color trends, Valspar's Blushing Bride is a modern choice for any home. A little pinker and a little bolder than Benjamin Moore's Head Over Heels, Blushing Bride is a chic hue we can't wait to see in every room this year. Soft pinks are warm and calming—consider trying this color in a sitting room (as seen above) or ​a guest bedroom. 

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    Valspar Seattle Haze

    room with light gray walls
    Valspar

    If you're more into gray than pink, you'll love Valspar's Seattle Haze. This rich slate blue-gray color is deep and nuanced. The subtle purple tone adds depth without overpowering the space. Here, the vibrant paint color creates a soothing, grounded feel in a sitting room. This year, consider picking grays that have more tones of blues and purples to add even more richness to your design scheme. 

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    Valspar Orange Slice

    room with bright orange walls
    Valspar

    Another favorite on the Valspar trend list is Orange Slice. This year is all about making a statement, and nothing says "look at me" more than a splash of bright orange paint. Whether it's in a kid's room or a living room, a bold orange tone takes center stage in any room. Don't be afraid to experiment with more adventurous bright colors this year—after all, you can always paint over it next year.

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    PPG Night Watch

    Dining room with green paint
    Leanne Ford for PPG, shot by Reid Rolls

    PPG announced Night Watch as their 2019 color of the year. Similar to many other brands' picks, Night Watch is a rich, deep green. This dining room designed by Leanne Ford for PPG proves just how versatile and functional a strong, moody color can be. Many typically shy away from using dark colors in smaller spaces, but the mossy green adds an element of surprise and interest without requiring a lot of accent pieces. 

    Tip

    Sponging down the walls with warm water to clean them before painting will help the paint apply more evenly. If the walls appear visibly dirty, you may want to add a grease-cutting detergent to the water.

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    Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay

    Bedroom with bold wallpaper
    Wit & Delight

    Sherwin-Williams picked the mid-century modern-inspired Cavern Clay as its top trend this year. In this bedroom from Wit & Delight, you can see just how much character this earthy hue adds to any space. Plus, the hand-painted mural creates a lot of visual interest and personality in a small room. Consider using this warm, outdoor-inspired hue in dining rooms, bedrooms, and sunrooms.  

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    Behr Blueprint

    Bathroom with blue walls
    Porch Day Dreamer

    A nod to rich denim blues, Behr selected Blueprint as its top color this year. This not-too-light, not-too-dark blue is the perfect way to add a splash of color that still feels adult and modern. Here, blogger Porch Day Dreamer used Blueprint to create a fun-yet-sophisticated bathroom look. The color plays well with the neutral elements in the room while still feeling dressed up. 

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    Pantone Living Coral

    bathroom with an orange claw foot tub
    Instagram / oxfordone

    This year, Pantone picked the playful Living Coral as its color of the year. Though some may see coral as a difficult color to decorate with, it can actually be a versatile and lively addition to nearly any room in your home. Here, Instagram user Lissi used a bold coral to update a vintage clawfoot tub. The result is a bathroom that's bright, fun, and inviting.