Color influences everything from what we notice and how we taste. This month, Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2019 annual Color Forecast, a 42-color palette divided into six themes , meant to inspire and help both professionals and DIYers select the right color scheme for any project. Some themes we’re going to be seeing soon might surprise minimalist enthusiasts. According to Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, expect to see not only more color in the coming year, but color pushing the boundaries as a shift from the popular minimalism trend of late.
Every color in the color forecast, whether alone or when combined with others, tells a different story, says Wadden. She and her team developed themes by asking themselves what kind of person would this palette be?
The idea was to create a forecast that is personal, aspiring and attainable, how all design should be, according to Wadden.
What color trends might we be seeing in kitchens and dining room in the coming year?
“Earth tones are emerging as a top trend in kitchen designs this year,” Wadden shares. “The Naturalist journal from Sherwin-Williams 2019 Colormix Color Forecast includes mushroom tones and leafy greens, which create a relaxing scene for kitchens. If it’s the dining room that needs updating, the Aficionado’s rich blues and tailored neutrals pair well with light wood accents, and copper or gold fixtures, evoking a sense of timeless tradition.”
Here are the six color themes we’ll be seeing more of in the coming year, from the kitchen and dining room to our living spaces.
Shapeshifter’s aesthetic is about the mystical, from the deep sea to the galaxy and everything in between and is rooted by strong geometrics and clean lines.
“The atmospheric wisps of color, grounded by deep, mysterious blues capture the unique space between technology and spirituality found in the Shapeshifter palette,” says Wadden.
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This palette is for the person who will never be fenced in, who needs to soak in the endless horizons and subtle earthy tones of the high plains. Clays, caramels and browns come from canyons to worn leather and woven wool blankets of the true New West.
“The Wanderer palette is sun-washed and warm,” Wadden notes. “It brings you to a modern desert made of one part cowboy, one part Scandinavian style that produces a luxurious result.”
Like a bookcase of leather-bound literary classics, this pedigreed palette evokes nostalgia and timeless traditions. Copper and gold anchor merlot and gray. The tailored tones are tasteful, elegant and classic.
“When we say ‘Aficionado,’ it evokes an emotion of what is best in life, well-worn and bespoke,” says Wadden. “It is ostentatious without being fake or showy, and has the right amount of charm to make it feel tasteful.”
For those who go against the grain, break the rules or are more free-spirited than the status quo, the Enthusiast palette brings maximum attitude and yet produces harmonious results. The proof is in this palette, which features bold pops of vivid blue, green and red.
“The Enthusiast palette is a fresh take on ‘maximalism’,” Wadden shares. “It’s an opportunity to have fun and push boundaries with color.”
Nature lovers can connect with the wonder of the world in full bloom. This collection’s lush, sophisticated tones poke out from the rain forest as colorful tendrils. Ranging from mushroom to passionate pink, the focus on botanicals is slightly classic, with bold details.
From conservancies to hothouses, Naturalist brings you into an elegant French woodland, according to Wadden. “It’s a place where color never fades,” she adds.
From ancient rhetoric to today’s on-screen webcasts, there is a desire and appreciation for stories and the storytellers behind them. From Africa to the New World, human origins have been translated into this rich palette that spans time.
“From rich red to muted mauve, Raconteur represents storytelling itself,” said Wadden. “These stories are a subtle reminder of how everyone is connected.”