Benjamin Moore’s has unveiled Metropolitan (AF-690 ) —a subdued dove gray—as its Color of the Year 2019.
In a time when there seems to be a shift towards using more color, the experts at Benjamin Moore have selected a shade they describe as “color, off duty.”
“It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design,” she said in a statement. “Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.” – Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore creative director
While last year’s choice for 2018—a vibrant red called Caliente— echoed a desire for passion and standing strong, this year’s choice gravitates towards escapism and comfort.
How to use Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019
It’s not too difficult to find photos of Interiors using pale grays, they are literally all over internet sites like Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram.
If you are over the modern farmhouse or hygge aesthetic, you might be interested in looking at a new hybrid trend called Japandi.
This hybrid aesthetic combines the the principle of Wabi-sabi (侘寂) borrowed from Japanese aesthetics with Nordic (Scandi) designers’ passion for practicality and sleek lines.
Since Japandi relies on natural materials and unpretentious color palette, it holds potential to become a new classic, just like vintage and mid-century modern.
The Japandi trend prefers tall green plants with little or no other color touches over tiny succulents that went viral when the Nordic style seized global limelight. Here, the Metropolitan chair rail adds an appealing contrast to this cozy bedroom.
More than just an interior style, Japandi is a philosophy. It melds the fine craftsmanship and purpose of an object with the beauty of raw materials and natural elements.
The Japandi style is, above all, a lifestyle that is conducive to contemplation and well-being. The main thing is to feel good at home and make your home a cocoon of serenity.
The Japanese side of his trend is in charge of odd shapes and patterns, while the Nordic spouse draws inspiration from moderation. Together, they create a unique, balanced and calm look.
A strong edit is essential in the Japandi style. This style values simple, uncluttered, underplayed and modest surroundings. It’s the art of finding beauty in imperfection, but not in a shabby-chic way.
Both Nordic and Japanese design styles deploy natural materials. The key to the Japandi style is to incorporate woods that are all the same tone.
It’s not difficult to understand why Japandi interiors will be popular – they are clean and minimalist but warm and cozy at the same time.
The Color Trends 2019 Palette
Along with the reveal of Metropolitan AF-690, the iconic paint brand announced a corresponding color palette of 15 different colors. The palette ranges from “ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens,” according to Benjamin Moore