For a decade, or two, various paint manufacturers have been announcing the Color of the Year with much fanfare. Sure, these new colors, announced around October for the following year, might find their place in the fashion and textile industries. Our question is, “How can we use these colors in designing kitchens and bathrooms?”
Before we begin, here is a rundown of eight Colors of the Year, and associated pallets, where applicable.
Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year is Cavern Clay, which they describe as “…a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates a desert-modern aesthetic.” We definitely see the American Southwest vibe of this color and its use in accent walls and accessories. We can also see using a cabinet stain that points in that direction. This would work well in a motif that includes American Southwest accessories.
Behr paint Color of the Year is Blueprint. Behr describes this as “warmer than denim and softer than navy,” the winning shade, Blueprint S470-5, promises to deliver “authenticity, confidence and timelessness” in both the interior and exterior of the home. We have seen a number of excellent uses of colors in the Blueprint range from Medallion Cabinetry. Their Old Navy custom color is right in that ballpark.
Pratt & Lambert Color of the Year is Earthen Trail, which they describe as, “It’s a calming, elegant soft terracotta, yet when combined with delicate neutrals, it has a second personality, reminiscent of sherbet.” We can see that color in a cabinet stain, which would be at home in a Contemporary or Transitional kitchen.
PPG Color of the Year Night Watch is described by their Senior Color Marketing Manager as, “The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.” We could also see this as a Medallion Custom Color that accents a Contemporary or Transitional kitchen.
Dutch Boy Color of the Year is Garden Patch. They describe it as, “Not too deep and not too primary, this nostalgic, botanical hue stands out for its warm and calming effect.” This color could be approximated by the veining in some marbles and manufactured quartz. If that’s your goal, bring a Garden Patch swatch to one of our partner’s show rooms, and they will find a slab that’s right for your design.
Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington had their color of the year Pineapple Cream Granita created as part of a customer contest. “The chosen shade, a light and airy yellow, was the first color to ever be mixed, created, and named solely by an Ace consumer during the Color of the Year contest, executed earlier this year in an effort to inspire and encourage consumers to create colors they would like to see in their homes.” There are many similar and contrasting cabinet finishes that will work well with this color.
Not to be outdone, these next two companies didn’t pick just one Color of the Year, but a dozen or more:
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is Metropolitan AF-690. They also have announced 15 “harmonious hues” related to their Color of the Year. “Comforting, composed, and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.” We have seen a trend towards neutral colors developing over the last few years.
Valspar, part of the Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group announced their Colors of the Year, 12 of them, which are shown below. We really like this approach, as it allows homeowners and designers to view already-curated color palletes that help visualize all of the options for countertops, cabinets, and trim colors.