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2019 Colors of the Year

Bring the 2019 Colors of the Year Into Your Project

Posted on the 12/14/2018 by Karndean Designflooring

It’s an annual occurrence that has those of us in the interiors industry on the edge of our seat…the announcements of the upcoming “colors of the year!” Start your year off on-trend and with a refreshed color palette by incorporating these 2019 selections from paint and color experts into your project. Plus, we’ve included the Karndean Designfloors that complement each selection to take some of the guesswork out of your project! We've included selections across gluedown, loose lay and rigid core formats for each color.

Living Coral, Pantone

Right: Collage of Karndean floors and Pantone's Living Coral; Right Pantone's Living Coral
Right image via Pinterest

This color, which Pantone describes as “vibrant, yet mellow…vivifying and effervescent,” will certainly make a splash in 2019 and in your project. The color is meant to be comforting and nurturing, empowering us to pursue all the things in life that are joyful and happy.

We can easily picture this color as an accent in hospitality, restaurant and retail sectors due to its warmth, positive energy and playfulness. We've selected several floors with some pink undertones to best complement this shade, including Pearl OakMid Limed OakNatural Oiled Oak and Burnet.

Cavern Clay, Sherwin Williams

Left: Collage of Karndean floors and Shermin Williams' Cavern Clay; Right: Home Entryway with Cavern Clay on the walls
Right image via The Creativity Exchange

We’ve been seeing the trend towards the incorporation of natural, organic materials in commercial settings for the past couple of years, so we weren’t overly surprised by the selection of Cavern Clay, a warm terracotta shade. Inspired by elements midcentury modern style and the American Southwest, Sherwin Williams recommends pairing this color with greenery, bright tiles, leather or simple woodgrains.

We picture this color being popular in the same segments as Living Coral, but used more as a main backdrop rather than an accent color. In keeping with Sherwin Williams' recommendations of a simple woodgrain, our Honey Oak or Texas White Ash strike a nice balance of a complementary tone with a simple grain. For a richer look in a wood floor, we like how this color looks with Hartford, or opt for Washburn for an elegant stone pairing.

Blueprint, Behr

Left: Collage of Karndean floors and Behr's Blueprint; Right: Bedroom with Bluprint on the walls
Right image via Behr

If warm color tones aren’t your style, not to worry, the soft muted blues of Behr’s Blueprint may better suit you. The spirit behind this color is in the name – Blueprint – used by architects and builders as a tool to bring design vision to life. It’s a color of transformation and possibility.

Blueprint is a fairly versatile color, as it could work together with both warm and cool tones and could be used across a variety of sectors including, corporate, healthcare, hotel and multifamily. Because of this, there are numerous Karndean pairing possibilities, but some of our favorites are Country OakLimed Jute OakReclaimed French Oak and Alderney.

Metropolitan, Benjamin Moore

Left: Collage of Karndean floors and Benjamin Moore's Metropolitan; Right: Formal dining room with Metropolitan on the walls
Right image via Centered by Design

Looking for a neutral paint color around which you can design a space? Look to Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore, a subtle light gray. This shade could work across practically any segment or style, depending on how you use it! For a monotone look, try pairing it with Limed Coastal OakReclaimed Redwood for a rustic look, Raven Oak for contemporary sophistication or Ferra for an industrial look with some metallic sheen.

Night Watch, PPG Paints

If you want a sophisticated rich color to match your contemporary style, Night Watch may be the shade you seek. This black infused green has almost an inky look to it, allowing it to be used either as a neutral or an accent color. According to PPG, “Night Watch can make you feel healthy, grounded and calm, allowing other coordinating décor colors or interior plants to be showcased against its luxe backdrop.”

Left: Collage of Karndean floors and PPG Paints' Night Watch; Right: Fireplace painted in Night Watch
Right image via Apartment Therapy

To match the luxe look of Night Watch, pair it with rich browns like Natural Walnut or Charred Weathered Pine, or if you prefer to lighten up the look Taupe Oak, Neutral Oak or Honed Oyster Slate will complement it.

Planning on using these colors in upcoming projects? Share your Karndean product pairings with us on social media!