Dark green is the new gray
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The 2019 color trends are already emerging. Neutral gray has had its design moment, but let’s just say that it’s beginning to get...boring.
Welcome to the jungle—the color that will be huge in 2019 is green. Think about our obsession with succulents, and the tropical motifs we see everywhere. Nature’s favorite color is already creeping into our homes. Whether we put it on an accent wall, a couch, or the front door, green transforms our spaces by connecting them to the outdoors.
Every year, paint companies forecast the colors that will be popular in the coming year. To get the lowdown on the trend, we spoke to a couple of color experts.
PPG Paints has named Night Watch the company’s 2019 color of the year. This shade is lush and luxurious. “It’s a very dark green that works well in many places,” said PPG Paints senior color marketing manager, Dee Schlotter. “Color is coming back,” she declared.
Sherwin-Williams has tapped a different dark green, Arugula, as a recent color of the month. “Green is timeless,” said Sue Wadden, the company’s director of color marketing. “It transcends trends. It’s nice to see it back in fashion.”
If you were around way back in the eighties, you might remember the era’s design icon, a forest green sofa. While we like the idea of a throwback, there has to be something that makes it look more exciting, so it will work in 2019. And that comes with the colors you pair it with.
“We wanted something that would contrast,” Schlotter said. So, set a dark green sofa against a millennial pink wall (or vice versa), and you’ve created magic. For some serious zing in a dark green room, Schlotter has a recommendation: “Mustard yellow is great for accessories.”
Metals, especially brass and gold, pop against dark green. And don’t hesitate to paint a dark green wall in a room with light-colored floors or furniture. “Blond wood looks amazing with dark green,” said Schlotter. “White makes it come to life.”
Wadden favors Arugula in smaller contexts, so you don't have to put it on every wall. “I can see it behind open shelving. Plates and dishes pop against it. They almost look like jewels.”
Maybe dark green is too extreme for you and your home. Wadden’s suggestion: “If the intensity is a little scary, back it off,” So, think about lighter greens, like sage or mint. “Those mid-tone greens are beautiful,” she added.
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