Nature Inspired Paint Colors Dominate Interior Décor in 2019
Homeowners throughout Canada are delighted to learn that nature-inspired hues dominate interior décor plans for 2019.
Canadians are blessed with—and inspired by—nature. Spanning from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts, our country is rich with clear lakes and rivers, rugged snow-tipped mountains, and rolling, fertile farmlands. Whether we realize it or not, we reflect this national pride in the color choices we make for our homes.
We’ve changed over from 2018 into 2019 in color, just like we flipped the pages of last year’s calendar. This year there’s no purple in sight, and you’ll find plenty of natural beauty in paint options this year.
Pantone “Living Coral”
This year, the Pantone Color Institute has dubbed “Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546” the Colour of the Year. This bright, cheery orange is softened with a warm, rich undertone that prevents it from being overwhelming in even a small space.
It is inspired, as the name implies, by sea coral.
While it certainly adds a certain energetic vibe to any room, some people may find it overpowering. It seems that people either love it or hate it, and there’s very little response in between!
So, you want to be on trend but your uncertain of living with an entire room of “Living Coral?” While it looks great in design magazines and on Pinterest, you might be apprehensive about making the commitment to this colour.
Here are 5 tips to help you use Living Coral in your home.
Slipcover a chair in Living Coral
Think you’ll grow weary of that orange shade quickly? Slipcover a chair or sofa with Living Coral. Like last year’s “Ultraviolet,” this color will be out of style by next Christmas. Slipcovering will allow you to follow the trend with minimal investment.
Paint an accent table
Another low-commitment means of hopping on the Living Coral train is to paint a small accent table in this coral shade. Pick up an inexpensive table and a second-hand store and refinish it. It will add a fun splash of colour that doubles as a focal point of the space.
Neutral walls? Purchase coral accessories
If you have neutral walls, you have the opportunity to accessorize with coral. Add coral apothecary jars, vases, or textiles to any room to add Living Coral instantly. Then, when the trend ends, replace them with your new favorite.
Coral print wallpaper
Break up the monotone look of a solid wall of coral by finding a fun, vibrant wallpaper that includes coral as one of the inspirations in the print.
A fun wallpaper print allows you to tie into the other shades as the primary focus but gives you that splash of coral that keeps you in style.
Create a feature wall
You see focal walls in Living Coral in all the magazines right now. Paint one wall in this colour to create a feature wall that lends an air of excitement to your room. Keep the remaining walls complementary in nature for a cohesive look. It pops against white, gray, khaki, or blue.
Other Nature-Inspired Choices
While coral is the “Colour of the Year,” don’t feel restricted. If you’re still not on board with coral, here are some other options for you.
Sherwin Williams “Cavern Clay”
Do you love the idea of orange, but find coral just a bit too bright? Check out Sherwin-Williams 2019 Colour of the Year, “Cavern Clay.”
It’s a color inspired by the caverns and buttes of sun-baked clay. It’s orange with a rust tone that makes it richer than coral but not yet brown or red. It serves almost as a neutral but is warm in essence.
This is a bold shade or orange that inspires creativity yet adds an almost regal presence to the space.
Pair “Cavern Clay” with black, white, gray, or navy when you want it to “pop,” or create a monochromatic scheme throughout the entire room.
Behr chose “Blueprint” as their 2019 Choice of the year. This mid-tone blue with a touch of gray reminds you of a deep blue lake in the summertime.
It’s a perfect medium shade that’s a timeless classic. It pairs with earth tones, jewel tones, or pastels and actually serves as a neutral. Consider it the neutral that’s not boring.
Kelowna homeowners can confidently choose “Blueprint” to represent lakeside living at its very finest.
Benjamin Moore “Metropolitan”
Benjamin Moore’s pick for the 2019 Pick of the Year is “Metropolitan.” This neutral is the soft shade of a pebble that’s been washed by a river for decades.
This is a gray that’s easy to use anywhere. It’s kept from being drab by the brightening effect of a white undertone. You can choose this sophisticated colour to balance out bold accessories (think Living Coral or Cavern Clay). It’s also a gorgeous counterpoint that will hold its own when paired with Behr’s “Blueprint.”
When trends are inspired by nature, you really can’t go wrong. The nature-inspired selections of 2019 are each strong enough to stand independently. Or, each one really can serve as a counterpoint to highlight the other. Isn’t it funny how nature always has a way of working things out?