The Must-Have Colour Trends for 2019

by | Mar 3, 2019

Can you believe that we’re at the beginning of March already? Even though we’re already two months in, I wanted to showcase some of the hot colour trends that are proving to be popular in 2019.

2019 Paint Colour Trends

When it comes to paint colours, I rely on the experienced folks from the major paint companies. They spend a massive amount of time looking at what designers and stylists are using in their projects and put out new ranges to meet this demand.

Dulux Legacy palette

Look out for deep purples or aubergines, as well as dusty pinks that give a moody feel to a room. Pink featured heavily in the latter parts of 2018 and will continue to be popular this year. You’ll see this theme from most of the paint companies, as well as furniture manufacturers.

Andrea Lucena-Orr the colour communications manager at Dulux says “Our Legacy palette, which has a focus on craftsmanship and traditional skills, is one of the key palettes identified in the Dulux Colour Trends 2019. It’s inspired by old-world elegance that is re-invented for the modern day.”

“It is a timeless and luxurious palette with something of a moody feel. Deep colours such as these stir something in us and can be quite moving – you’ll find they can make a real impact in a space.”

Dulux images from the Legacy palette. Styling by Bree Leech.
Photography by Lisa Cohen.

Moving into winter, darker colours tend to take centre stage as we all want to come home and snuggle in our warm cosy living room and bedrooms. These Dulux colours will fit the bill perfectly.

My favourite colours from the range

  • Shepherd’s Warning
  • Deep Aqua
  • Hothouse Orchid
  • Legendary Lilac
  • Trustee

These colours are really saturated and add a cosy feel to a room. Combine these colours with whites to break up the space and to give the colour its opportunity to shine.

Where to use these colours

These colours work best in formal living and dining rooms, bedrooms, and home offices.

Another trend, highlighted by Haymes Paint, is dark greys and natural wood tones, which will continue to feature strongly this year. However, the woods will venture into darker mid-tones, as opposed to the lighter oaks we’ve seen over the past few years.

Haymes Paint images from the Contribute palette

What we are also seeing in the grey space is a move towards greige, a mix between grey and beige. It’s a little warmer than your usual greys and is beautiful when combined with wood textures and colours. Pair these paint colours with black accessories, appliances, and accents for a winning combination.

Haymes Winter

Haymes Paint colours for this season include; Memory (a mid-tone base), Plantagenet and Night Moves (darker greys), and Impact (their go-to black).

The Australiana theme has been featuring heavily in the last 12 months, with beautiful Australian flora in artworks and accessories. This has also carried through into paint colours with soft, botanical greens making a comeback.

With health and wellbeing along with eco-friendly and sustainable products in focus right now, these organic and natural colours will continue to be on high rotation.

Sarah Stephenson is a colour expert at Wattyl, who drew inspiration for their Green Scene palette from plants.

Sarah also says that soft pinks are here to stay, which is why they’re included in Wattyl’s High Expectations Colour palette range.

Colours to watch out for in the Wattyl range

Greene Scene colour palette

What’s new in kitchen trends

When it comes to kitchens, we are definitely moving away from all white, glossy surfaces. Grey, navy, and green cabinets, as well as timber and wood, are growing in popularity.

Navy blue kitchen

Matte or satin finish cabinets are now favoured over the glossy kitchens of the past. With more colour making its way into the kitchen, this is warming the space up and giving it some personality. If you’re afraid of colour in your kitchen, opt for a deep tone that’s not too bright.

Alternatively, using coloured cabinets on the island bench, or the lower cabinets only, is a great way to break up the space if you still want to use predominantly white.

Must have colour trends in styling and accessories

Natural materials will continue to be popular. From woods and metals to marble and handmade ceramics, they all add warmth and depth to spaces in your home. By layering earthy neutral colours on the walls with natural materials in furnishings, the home will feel grounded and welcoming.

Matte black will feature heavily again this season. It has been around for a few seasons but will continue to be used in tapware, handles, and other fixtures. It’s also a great colour for accent pieces like bookshelves, coffee and side tables.

Avoid the stress and uncertainty of choosing a colour scheme by working with an expert colour consultant to find the perfect palette to suit your home and lifestyle.

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