The Hottest Paint Colors of 2019

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

The paint companies have released their color forecasts for the new year. Here are the hot hues expected to make waves in 2019. Which one is your favorite?

Living Coral / Photo Credit: Furniture Choice

Living Coral: Paint company Pantone announced “Living Coral” as its 2019 Color of the Year. The orange shade with golden undertones embodies “warmth and comfort,” Pantone says. “Living Coral easily delivers a graphic pop to a space,” says Rebecca Snowden, an interior style adviser at Furniture Choice. “Introducing it through small elements will brighten up a room, creating a sense of coziness that’s also fresh and chic.” For example, the energetic tone can liven up cushions, throws, and rugs in a living room. In a dining area, color blocked plates and coasters in the peachy hue may add some spark to a table arrangement, she says. Read Furniture Choice’s guide to weaving in more Living Coral into your home design.

Blueprint / Photo credit: Behr

Blueprint: Behr has gone blue with its top color choice for the new year. Blueprint is a mid-tone blue that is described as warmer than denim but softer than navy. Behr is embracing a full range of blue, teal, and grays as key color choices in 2019. “Layer light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture, and decor for impactful results,” Behr says.

Cavern Clay / Photo Credit: Sherwin-Williams

Cavern Clay: Sherwin-Williams has picked a warm terra-cotta color called Cavern Clay as its 2019 Color of the Year. The color embodies an American Southwest, modern desert aesthetic. “This warm, earthy hue is both casual and refined,” Sherwin-Williams says. “It can be the backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room or kitchen when paired with bright tiles, warm stone, and sculptural greenery.” It also compliments materials like leather and woodgrains.

Metropolitan Gray / Photo Credit: Benjamin Moore

Metropolitan Gray: Benjamin Moore expects the gray trend to continue in the new year, which is shown through its neutral pick with Metropolitan Gray. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s director of strategic design intelligence. “Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. As we move towards a New Year, these tips will surely come in handy in giving us a headstart.

  2. Nik Kulikov

    Do you have any stats on how a new paint job can increase your homes value? Both interior and exterior.

  3. Pete Dolci

    When your home has a fresh coat of paint it increases the buyers enjoying that they do not have to. When you paint the inside always make sure they are neutral or calm colors. This brightens the home and pleases buyers.
    Now they have nothing to complain about to lower the price.
    So listing the home on the high side is now practical.

  4. Hi Nik – This is a 2012 study from HomeGain that may have some useful data to you on the payback of a new paint job:

    To sum up, painting the interior could offer a 107 percent return on investment. It costs, on average, about $967, but could boost the value by $2,001, according to this study. The link above has data on ROIs for the exterior too.
    Hope this helps!
    Melissa Tracey

  5. It’s still all about the gray for me!! We painted the interior of most of our home in a couple shades of gray three years ago and still love it. Painting not only can provide a higher overall value it also has the potential to decrease your days on the market as well.

  6. We are also going with grays this year, for almost the entire house. It is a great neutral color that compliments almost all furnishings and decor. For Sellers, a light gray is a wonderful neutral color to get your home ready for market.