The wait is over. Valspar and HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams have officially revealed their 2019 color trends – and these colors are spectacular! HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams has one 2019 color of the year and three color collections. On the other hand, Valspar, a part of the Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group, has twelve 2019 colors of the year.
We asked the senior designers from Valspar and HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams for photos of these magnificent colors, along with commentary on their choices.
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Reflecting Pool is the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year. “We are on a path of self-discovery and internal reflection, and Reflecting Pool speaks to our desire to have a life of balance, but with a bit of flair embracing our optimism and sense of humor,” says Ashley Banbury, senior color designer at HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams.
In addition to their 2019 Color of the Year, HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams is releasing three Color Collections of the Year: Sophisticated Whimsy, Mystic Light and Everyday Balance.
“Reflecting Pool is a color of many personalities. While it lives within the Sophisticated Whimsy Color Collection, it can be combined in any combination with all three Color Collections to provide harmony to the home,” Banbury says. “In Sophisticated Whimsy, it is creative and fun, but when combined with Mystic Light Color Collection, which is vivid and bold, it provides contrast,” she explains. “When brought together with Everyday Balance, it is soft, calm and quiet.”
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In addition to Reflecting Pool, the color palette for the Sophisticated Whimsy Color Collection includes Passive, Dress Blues, Afternoon, Tricorn Black, Salute, Cardboard and Dover White.
The color palette for the Mystic Light Color Collection includes Nomadic Desert, Magical, Naval, Dishy Coral, Refresh, Bunglehouse Blue, Emberglow and Alexandrite.
The color palette for the Everyday Balance Color Collection includes Grizzle Gray, Pure White, Quaint Peche, Interesting Aqua, Borscht, Flimsy Green, Dark Night and Believable Buff.
“Our color forecasting process involves a yearlong observation of movements in various industries. We zero-in to the trending colors that are inspired by the landscape of lifestyle trends at home,” says Sue Kim, Valspar senior color designer at Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group. “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.”
All 12 of the Valspar Colors of the Year are available at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and independent retailers nationwide – however, the color names and shades may vary slightly at each retailer.
“The immersive purple invites us to step away from ‘what is’ and open up to exciting and unexpected new realities,” Kim says.
“This breezy blue has healing qualities but doesn’t take itself too seriously,” Kim says. “Its weightless quality seems to push past the walls and welcome us into the controlled sanctuary we call home.”
“This harmonious green-blue is perfectly balanced, neutral enough to inspire our growth in any direction,” Kim says.
“Anticipating uncharted territory ahead, this light, clean violet reflects the edge of artificial space, where light is both comforting and strangely familiar,” Kim explains.
“This light-hearted yellow has a touch of active orange to help us rebalance our responsibilities and count on our new smart-device helpers,” according to Kim.
“This optimistic green has a heart of linen to remind us that we become stronger when we are woven together,” says Kim.
“This true blue reflects honesty and clarity, without shading or apology,” Kim says. “Wherever you use it, it’s a bold statement of your own truth.”
“This rosy neutral injects an element of spirituality into everyday life, giving us a rosier view of reality,” Kim says.
“This quiet, thoughtful blue has a touch of purple to free our thinking and a hint of gray to ground us in our own glorious — but imperfect — human nature,” according to Kim.
Kim explains, “Flip the fearless switch to on and use this citrusy green to create surprise in a corner of your home with a dash of healthy luxury.”
“This raw wood shade is the light, unencumbered backdrop for a minimalistic lifestyle that is full of life,” says Kim. “The lightness has just a touch of comforting yellow.”
Kim says orange is always an adventure, but the artificial intensity of this orange invites an open, experimental mindset that keeps you guessing.
Tips for using and blending Valspar’s Colors of the Year
Pairing the mood of a color with the function of a space is one way that Kim recommends using these colors. “For example, Valspar Orange Slice evokes a sense of playfulness, which would lend itself perfectly to a patterned office, and Valspar Twilight Mist brings an aura of mystery in a nook where you can let your imagination run wild,” she says. “I love using low sheen with these distinctive colors. The low reflection on the wall is easy to live with and works best in differentighting throughout the day.”