Nice Guys vs. Bad Boys: Flirting with the Color Trends 2019 Palette

Nice Guys vs. Bad Boys: Flirting with the Color Trends 2019 Palette


Let’s be frank, shall we?

To some, the recent announcement that Metropolitan AF-690 was chosen as Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year came as a bit of a letdown. We had just come off the year of radiant Caliente AF-290 a feisty firecracker filled with surprise and energy – only to learn it had been replaced by a stylish gray with sophisticated blue undertones.

Needless to say, some of the reaction to the news has been, well, coolish.   

“Where’s the bold? Where’s the daring?” the underwhelmed have lamented. “Where is the sexy that will whisk me away on the heart-racing adventure of a lifetime?” (Okay, no one actually said that, but you get the point.)

Don’t get us wrong, Metropolitan AF-690 is perfectly lovely. It’s a very nice neutral. It’s a safe and comfortable choice. But you don’t have to ask Dr. Phil to realize that there’s a time for nice and safe, and then there’s a time to throw caution to the wind and flirt with something darker and dangerous.



So for those left wanting for more from their Color of the Year – allow us to point you in the direction of the deep end of the Color Trends 2019 Palette. Say hello to: Hunter Green 2041-10Hale Navy HC-154Head Over Heels AF-250Beau Green 2054-20Kona AF-165Kendall Charcoal HC-166Black Pepper 2130-40 

Complementary to Metropolitan AF-690 and yet, powerfully alluring on their own, these bad boys offer a more bold and saturated option for those seeking some unadulterated color in their life.

If you have the courage to add a darker option to your home decor, designer-of-our-dreams Candice Olson offers some great advice.  

“For those not quite as adventurous with bold color, you don’t have to paint an entire room. Bring in one boldly-colored accessory, fabric or rug. It’s often an easier way to incorporate bold color without going over the top or making a mistake,” Candice says.

“Powder rooms are typically small and a great place to experiment with a bold color on the wall. Just don’t paint your powder room green because it can cast a sickly green tone in the mirror and you (or your guests) will always have an ‘off’ look.”




Here are a few more tips and tricks for bringing home the bold:

  • Liven up a photo frame, mirror, candlesticks or other fun accessories with a bold color for an instant pop of color.
  • If you use the bold color on an accent wall, be sure to frame it with a trim that will stand out against it. Trust us, it really brings out that color in a way that is very pleasing to the eye.
  • Bring the wow factor by choosing a bold color in a high-gloss finish to paint bookcases, cabinets, end tables or even interior-facing doors.  
  • Lastly, try painting your front door, mailbox or a porch seat in a bold color to create a statement-making entryway. Talk about curb appeal!



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