Soft power, silence, pause. These are some of the words that Ellen O’Neill – director of strategic design intelligence at Benjamin Moore – uses to describe the recurring theme that inspired “Metropolitan AF-690,” Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year. “It goes well with soft pinks and blush tones, but it really accommodates any gesture of color—greens show up a lot in our palette. You see nature softening the more sturdy, raw, man-made materials. It’s a great backdrop—it can stand alone—but it can also be punched up as most neutrals can.”
Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance. It’s supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues. Check out the full video introduction to this shimmering gray:
Think choosing gray is playing it safe? Think again. According to O’Neill, painting with a gray palette can evoke calm or sleek sophistication and can even highlight intense colors, like the Hunter Green that accompanies Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2019 Palette (see living room below).
Living Rooms for Life to Unfold In
Don’t think gray can be used to dramatic effect? Check out the bold living room above.
This stately and masculine living room uses Benjamin Moore’s Aura Interior “Hunter Green 20141-10” Matte walls paired with Aura Interior “Cloud White OC-130” Satin trim and bookcase. Accented by Aura Interior “Hale Nave HC-154” Satin windows.
Tip: Deep greens can dramatize more soft-spoken paints.
Painting Your Kitchen Calm
Fresh linens. Reflective metallic accents. Easygoing neutrals bring restorative quiet to a sleek kitchen.
In this rustic-meets-modern kitchen, cutting boards lay against a wall of Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Interior ”Metropolitan AF-690” Matte paint. Cabinets painted Advance Interior “Hale Navy HC-154” in Matte.
Tip: Dark cabinetry combined with gold metallic hardware, soft gray walls and countertops creates a serene but stately effect.
Create a Bedroom You Can Truly Rest In
Pale grays and frothy pinks converge in a soft, beguiling haze that soothes the senses.
Choose Benjamin Moore’s ”Metropolitan AF-690” Natura Interior Flat paint for the walls and then paint your trim with Natura Interior “Decorator’s White OC-149” Semi-Gloss paint.
Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-trends-2019; https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color-collections/ct19/color-trends-2019; https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/2019-benjamin-moore-color-of-the-year
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