Whether you are starting from scratch in a new home, planning to sell your existing home, or just want to change up the vibe where you currently live, one or two coats of paint are sometimes all you need to transform a room. Changing a kitchen from a sterile white to an inviting, warmer space can help bring a family together at mealtime. A basic master bathroom can turn into a cheery oasis that brightens every morning. No matter what type of atmosphere you’re trying to achieve, choosing the right paint colors is an important first step.
When choosing paint colors, think about how you want to react when you enter a space and what feelings you want it to evoke. Think about how you plan to use the space. Do you want to feel calm and serene, or active and creative? The colors that surround you are a window to your personality and a reflection of your personal style.
Let’s take a look at some of the leading paint color trends for 2019:
Color Is Back!
The overarching trend is that the full rainbow of colors is now back on the table. White and gray have been trendy for a while, and people want to see color again. The start of the color trend was gradual, with splashes of more vibrant tones in home accessories such as throw pillows, rugs, and vintage furniture pieces. Adding these eye-catching elements has made the neutral grays and whites look just a little too bland as a backdrop, so complementary colors are being used to create spaces that have a bigger impact on the senses.
A dramatic accent wall in the living room, bold trim in the kitchen, and a colorful, welcoming front door are just a few ways to introduce some color into your life. The good news is paint is a relatively affordable way to redecorate on a budget, and it can make a significant difference in the look and feel of your home.
The Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral, a shade that summons warm summer afternoons, breezy beach days, and fresh salty air. Unlike its paler cousin, salmon, Living Coral has a richness and depth that enables it to last longer than its trendiness might suggest. Not quite pink and not quite orange, this color complements a range of other hues, making it versatile enough to be used with any decor.
This playful hue can be used in a child’s bedroom or playroom to instantly make it feel more cheery. Paint an accent wall in a bathroom paired with sandy neutral walls, especially if you’re planning a tropical or beachy theme. Combine Living Coral with a dark navy to provide contrast that allows the vivid color to truly stand out.
Earthy and Natural
In a similar vein but with a completely different tone, the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year is Cavern Clay. Reminiscent of sunbaked adobe bricks, this rich, earthy color can serve as a neutral backdrop or stand out on its own against lighter colors. Use it in a color palette that includes a darker brown or black, light gray, and cool blue for an elegant, modern vibe in the Pacific Northwest.
If you’re building an Adair Home in Arizona, Cavern Clay will blend perfectly with the local aesthetic, especially if your furnishings and accessories incorporate native prints, bold patterns, and natural materials.
When sprucing up your house or deciding what siding color to choose for your new home, think about how you want to feel every time you approach. What message do you want to send to the neighbors about your personality and style? The James Hardie Home Color Tool can help you decide which color combinations to select.
Start by deciding the overall tone—warm, cool, fresh, light, dark, or neutral—for the main color. Next, put in the style of your home and siding materials, and the tool will provide color palettes with accent colors for inspiration. You can see how each combination looks on a house, making it easy for you to visualize the paint colors on your own home.
Experiment to Find Your Style
One of the best things about paint is that you can easily change it if you outgrow your original choices or when your tastes evolve. Experiment with different colors in different spaces to see how they make you feel. There are as many color preferences as there are people in the world, so it’s totally fine to come up with your own unique combinations and patterns.
If you need a little help when building your new custom home with Adair Homes, our professionals have created palettes for you to choose from. While you’re not limited to these color combinations, it’s a good starting point for customizing to your personal style.