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19 colors of the year for 2019 from 8 leading color experts

19 of 2019’s Colors of the Year and Decor to Match

19 of 2019's Colors of the Year from 8 leading color experts and Decor to Match

Anyone who has ever painted a room in their home or office knows, color is paramount to the over all design or vision of that location. Pick the wrong color and everything, from the your furnishings to your artwork, can appear unbalanced or incomplete. Meanwhile, the right color can add an extra layer of splendor to each texture and finish in the room or area.

Paint manufacture’s and color experts spend countless hours and days traveling, interviewing and researching every year to bring us their predicted colors of the year; in order to help us “the consumers” make educated decisions when it comes to painting or building our interior spaces.

“Color is an intensely relatable, personal choice that humans interact with everyday,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.
“It acts as a guide in design, and our role as a paint company is to help educate our customers on what’s out there in the marketplace. That kind of assignment is where color forecasts play an integral role.”


The same guideline apply to the decor that is going to accent the interior spaces. Picking the wrong accent colors or accent pieces diminishes the glory of the area. Personally, I have had several occasions where I was wrong when picking out my decor. I would see throw pillows, window curtains or blankets on the shelves of the large department stores and think to myself “WOW… that is a perfect match to my room colors”…just to come home and see that I was way off base, the items didn’t match at all. Ultimately, I would have to return the items I purchased and look elsewhere.

So this year, we created a “man cave” for hubby and I was in charge of finding the textiles for the room. After several trips back and forth to a variety of stores I was frustrated and stuck. Meanwhile, he had the walls painted and he was setting up the furniture and entertainment system (his favorite part).

I decided to try and make the decor to match, what do I have to lose? I already create designs for home decor, so why not try with specific colors from the paint manufactures. I researched the colors we were working with and found their hex value code (the hue blends) to create solid throw pillows and a few designs in Photoshop for accent pillows and window treatments. The result: I was complete happy with the turn out; I was extremely close to the colors we was working with….like 97% close. I would have to say the difference between the finishes of the material was the only thing that altered the appearance of color at different angles.

So for the last 3 months I’ve been working on helping people reduce the stress of finding decor to match their interior paint colors. It has been going so well in my Society 6 shop for PIPA Fine Art , I start a new shop dedicated to solid colors called Simply Solids. I figured I would start with the colors of the year and forecast colors from 8 paint manufactures and color experts. Now, I would like to present to you the first batch of colors we are releasing in our new shop that match the colors of the year from the 8 leading color experts.

Behr Paint: Blueprint

“BEHR’S COLOR OF THE YEAR IS A BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE OF COLOR.”

Warmer than denim and softer than navy, Blueprint signifies optimism, authenticity and confidence. It is poised to be a classic for years to come.

“An honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life, Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own re-imagined life—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action. ” – Behr Paint

Behr Paint Blueprint S470-5 Color of the Year 2019 - Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Blueprint S470-5 Color of the Year 2019 – Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids and Society 6

Benjamin Moore Paint Metropolitan Gray

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.” – Benjamin Moore Paint

BM Metropolitan Pastel Gray Color of the Year 2019 - Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Metropolitan Pastel Gray Color of the Year 2019 – Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids and Society 6

Dunn and Edwards: Spice of Life

“Dunn-Edwards 2019 Color of the Year, Spice of Life, is inspired by a celebration of what makes life interesting and exciting. It’s warm, inviting, adventurous and life-affirming. This strong, enticing, spice-market blend adds a complex, flavorful seasoning to design palettes. The elements of orange in the hue give a grounded, substantial feeling to design.” – Dunn and Edwards

Dunn and Edwards 2019 Spice of Life Color of the Year (Rich Muted Red) DET439 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Dunn and Edwards 2019 Spice of Life DET439 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6

Glidden / PPG: Night Watch

“Night Watch is born out of community, luxury and nature. In an ever-disruptive world, we want to escape to a quieter place – one that’s protective and beautiful. Night Watch gives us that pathway. It’s a black infused green that can be used as a neutral or statement accent. Night Watch can make you feel healthy, grounded and calm, allowing other coordinating decor colors or interior plants to be showcased against its luxe backdrop.” – PPG / Glidden

Night Watch PPG Glidden Paint Color of the Year 2019 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Night Watch PPG Glidden Paint Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids and Society 6

Pratt & Lambert Paints: Earthen Trail

“Earthen Trail taps into our constant quest for self-improvement as a means to a more satisfying life. It’s a calming, elegant soft terracotta, yet when combined with delicate neutrals, it has a second personality, reminiscent of sherbet. Then it becomes fun and vibrant and can be combined with bold colors, patterns and shapes in every room in the house. ” – Pratt & Lambert

“Earthen Trail taps into our constant quest for self-improvement as a means to a more satisfying life. It’s a calming, elegant soft terracotta, yet when combined with delicate neutrals, it has a second personality, reminiscent of sherbet. Then it becomes fun and vibrant and can be combined with bold colors, patterns and shapes in every room in the house. ” – Pratt & Lambert

Pratt and Lambert 2019 Color of the Year Earthen Trail 4-26 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Pratt and Lambert 2019 Color of the Year Earthen Trail 4-26 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6

Sherwin Williams: Cavern Clay

“Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity, and a free-spirited, bohemian flair; it is an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in. Envision beaches, canyons, and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons—all of this embodied in one color,”
Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2019 Canyon Clay 290-C6 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay 290-C6 Solid Color Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6

Pantone: Living Coral

“Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.” – Pantone Color

Solid Color Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral 16-1546 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral 16-1546 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6

Valspar America  12 Stunning Colors

Because Valspar is celebrating a decade of color trends they chose 12 mood inspiring hues this year instead of one color. “From shades that evoke stability and strength to those that spark introspection and growth, each color represents an opportunity for people to feel empowered in the spaces where they live.” – Valspar America

Valspar America Wood Yellow / Homey Cream / Glow Home Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Wood Yellow Aka Homey Cream and Glow Home 
Rosy Mauve Pink / Blushing Bride Pink / Cathedral Morning Pink Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar Rosy Mauve Pink / Blushing Bride Pink / Cathedral Morning Pink
Valspar America Natural Olive Green / Martinique Dawn / Asian Silk Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Natural Olive Green / Martinique Dawn / Asian Silk Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
Valspar America Illuminated Violet / Twilight Mist / Carousel Purple Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Illuminated Violet / Twilight Mist / Carousel Purple Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
Healing Aire Blue / Angelic Blue / Soothing Blue Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Healing Aire Blue / Angelic Blue / Soothing Blue Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
VA Lime Green / Lime Mousse / Bright Cactus Green / Celery Heart Green Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow
by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Lime Green / Lime Mousse / Bright Cactus Green / Celery Heart Green Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
VA Fringe Orange / Orange Slice / Fiery Sky Orange / Heirloom Tomato Orange Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow
by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple
Valspar America Fringe Orange / Orange Slice / Fiery Sky Orange / Heirloom Tomato Orange Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
VA Bright Marigold / Spring Squash / Pure Joy / Just Ducky / Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Bright Marigold / Spring Squash / Pure Joy / Just Ducky Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
VA Primary Blue / Wishing Well Blue / Amazing Sky Blue / Blue to the Bone Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Primary Blue / Wishing Well Blue / Amazing Sky Blue / Blue to the Bone Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
Valspar America Sea Green / Green Water / Zinc Blue Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Sea Green / Green Water / Zinc Blue Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
Valspar America Hazy Blue / Seattle Haze Blue Gray / Twinkle, Twinkle Blue Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Valspar America Hazy Blue / Seattle Haze Blue Gray / Twinkle, Twinkle Blue Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6
VA Mystical Purple / Metropolis Lilac / Dried Lilacs - Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids - Solid Colors For Those That Like To Keep it Simple

Mystical Purple / Metropolis Lilac / Dried Lilacs – Colors of the year 2019 Throw Pillow by Simply Solids & Society 6

All of these colors as well as other 2019 trending colors are available on more than throw pillows for your decorating needs, please visit our new online shop at: Simply Solids. 

If you don’t see the colors you’re working with, please contact us. We will gladly get it added to our color library for you.

12 Beautiful Gingham Patterns Home Decor

Is your home or office a one-dimensional decorated spaces? Meaning, uniformly bland painted walls like you see in an elementary school or high school, or the boring and unappealing walls of a hospitals. We all know the reason schools and hospitals are painted this way, to avoid drawing attention away from studying, focusing on other things or relaxing your brain. However, painting your home this way may be a bad idea for so many reasons. We all spend a good amount of time in our homes and of course we all want our homes to be a place of relaxation however, we also need our homes to show our personality. If you have solid colored wall and need a quick fix add some patterns to your textiles. Some thing as simple as adding throw pillows could change the look and feel of the room in a matter of seconds. Here are 12 Gingham patterns that I found interesting. Each photo is directed back to the arts who create them.

Moroccan Dice Throw Pillow by David Kent Collections

Moroccan Dice by David Kent Collections

Olive Green Gingham Throw Pillow by Melissa Fague

Olive Green Gingham by Melissa Fague

4th of July Skinny Gingham Throw Pillow by Anne LaFollette

4th of July Skinny Gingham by Anne LaFollette

Blue Vichy by SEAFOAM12

Blue Vichy by SEAFOAM12

Spoiled Grid Throw Pillow by Bitart

Spoiled Grid by Bitart

Very Berry Gingham by C'EST LA VIV

Very Berry Gingham by C’EST LA VIV

Watercolor doodle gingham - yellow Throw Pillow by: Angela Minca

Watercolor Doodle Gingham – Yellow by: Angela Minca

AFE Tartan Pattern 2 by AFE Images (Amalia Ferreira-Espinoza)

AFE Tartan Pattern 2 by AFE Images (Amalia Ferreira-Espinoza)

Panted Gingham - Mint Throw Pillow by Jess Phoenix

Panted Gingham – Mint by Jess Phoenix

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Wall Decorating Tip By Charmean Neithart: Abstract Art for Every Style Interior

By:  Published December 17, 2012

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “Abstract art wouldn’t look good in my house.” I’d have a lot of dollars. It’s a common misconception that abstract art works only with a modern aesthetic. Although it does look great in modern settings, it can light up the most traditional of interiors as well.

One of my objectives in designing a room is to expose clients to things they wouldn’t intuitively consider. My experience is that when clients do step outside their comfort zone, they are thrilled with the outcome. Abstract art is a bit outside that zone for many. Here are some tips for incorporating it into your home, if you haven’t done so already.

Photo by Glenn Gissler Design – Discover living room design inspiration

This beautiful abstract piece gives this living room a fresh perspective. It contrasts the traditional elements for a perfect transitional blend. Notice that all the pattern is provided by the art, while the palette is repeated in the textiles.

Abstract art has a great ability to set a mood. For that reason, it is a perfect backdrop for contemplative spaces like bedrooms and sitting rooms.

Abstract art can help establish a palette. Take color cues from your abstract piece by repeating a color in fabrics or lighting.

An abstract piece can cut the heavy ornamentation of traditional pieces in half. By pairing this very traditional rococo console table with abstract art, the table feels fresh and not too old fashioned.… Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Pangaea: 10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers

By: Pangaea Published June 9, 2011

 

This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don’t have any so they feel free to buy what they love and not worry about what it goes with. And then we can plan the decor around the art.

I’m sure I’ll get an irate artist or two commenting here. I’ve spoken with some artists who feel the art completely stands on its own and should have nothing to do with the decor. Here’s the simple fact. No matter how irritated artists get by the subject of art-matching-the-sofa, your art will always look better and have greater impact in the space when the decor supports the art. Here are techniques you can use in your decor to support your art and make it even better.

 

Photo by Tracy Murdock Allied ASID – More living room photos

1. Repetition of color and line. This art is so well supported by this room. The strong black-and-white graphic image is echoed in the black-and-white upholstery with lines that are similar to the curves in the woman’s face. Even with the bright yellow accents in the room, the art is still the standout.

Repeating color from the art increases its impact in the room. Here, the green bed pillows pull their color from the art. Without them, the art doesn’t feel quite as strong. Try it! Put your finger just over the pillows in the picture. Having that bit of green on the bed to echo the color visually strengthens the art.

The undulating lines of the vases on this table pick up the shapes from the painting and increases its visual interest.

There are a lot of ways to repeat the lines in art. This dining table emulates the curves and the color of the center of the painting. The floral display brings in more of the color.

 

Photo by Dillard Pierce Design Associates – More family room ideas

 

2. Balance of color. This art has a lot of black with just a little bit of red. The black sofa with just a little red pillow keeps the same balance of colors as the art. Carrying that balance of color though the furnishings spreads the influence of the painting

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Wall Decorating Tip By Ian Stallings: 5 Ways Art Can Improve Your Room Design

Published by Ian Stallings March 16, 2015

As an interior designer with a fine arts background and an active painter, I find artwork to be the most important element of a room. An equal part of what I do, along with construction, project management and furniture design, is curate art and antiques collections for my clients. Artwork can often make or break a space. Below are five things artwork can do for your room.

Photo by Marylou Sobel Interior Design – More contemporary living room ideas

1. Add movement. Artwork can be used to introduce movement into a room. Movement is used in the art world as a way for the artist to direct where the viewer’s eye goes and to influence the viewer’s perception. Using a piece of art that conveys a lot of movement can help create a rhythm between the art and your furniture, with the lines creating the type of movement that translates into a story.

The conveyed movement within a piece of art can be reflected in your furniture choices to create an imaginative and original design. In the room here, the form in the ink drawing by Topher Delaney relates to the vintage driftwood cocktail table, keeping the eye moving through the space.

2. Provide color. Artwork can be used to dictate or enhance a color palette. If you’re feeling stuck with your design, try selecting a piece of artwork that fits the space and create a color palette influenced by the work. Pull accent colors for decorative objects from the secondary, or less seen, colors in the work to enhance different elements of the piece.

A neutral color palette can be utilized to showcase a favorite piece of art. A bright artwork can also be used to enrich and add color to an otherwise neutral palette. The juxtaposition between bold pops of color and crisp white walls creates an eye-catching effect. ….To Read More

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