Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2019: Thoughts & Inspiration

We recently attended a CEU at the InHome Design Center in Amesbury, MA where we brushed up on our knowledge about paint finishes and sheens and and a speaker from Benjamin Moore taught us about the color of the year and color trends for 2019. For those of you who don’t know, Benjamin Moore reveals it’s color of the year & color trends forecast around October or November for the year to come–(ok, so we’re a little late to the draw here!) but attending this event recently helped to re-spark some inspiration and the want to chime in on some of our thoughts for the colors in the palette that we’re loving.

The color of the year for 2019 is dubbed “Metropolitan.” It’s a neutral gray with cooler undertones. The statement about Metropolitan directly from Ben Moore’s website reads that the color is  “comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated” and it “exudes beauty and balance.” This choice of color is understated and far less aggressive than last years choice of “Caliente.” It is said to create a soothing & impactful common ground and we agree! It’s a nice, quiet and relaxing color.


It’s interesting to learn about how and why the color is chosen, and it really comes down essentially to what’s going on with the world around us. A lot of the inspiration in the color selection comes from travels around the world and selecting the colors and hues that were most prominent in any given place. The decision for the color choice also reflects our mood towards the world around us as a whole and a neutral color choice reflects the idea that we may be more accepting and coming to terms with everything that is going on around us, but are still aware of it all just the same. Metropolitan is definitely easy to incorporate into just about any space being the beautiful neutral that it is–here are a few of our favorite “Metropolitan” interiors.


(This space uses Metropolitan for the walls and Hale Navy for the cabinetry!)

Aside from the neutral gray itself, we love the palette that they’ve pulled together to complement the color of the year. This palette is comprised of a combination of both pale & muted pastels/neutrals AND rich, more deeply saturated, moody hues. Some of our favorites from the palette are Decorator’s White, Beau Green, Black Pepper, (which we recently used to paint custom nightstands for a client and can’t wait to see!) Kendall Charcoal, Hunter Green, Hale Navy, and I’ve surprised myself to find the Head Over Heels (pink!) to be interesting and refreshing within a space.

Here are a few of our favorites highlighted in interior spaces!

Here’s a shot of Kendall Charcoal used in our own Decatur Street Project!

kendal charcoal

We always love learning about the color forecast and seeing what’s predicted to be on trend for the year to come. We would especially love to incorporate some of those darker deeper greens and blues from this years’ palette into some of our projects soon!

1 Comment

  1. I love it! I feel like their selection is way more on trend than the color of the year pantone selected this year. Really beautiful color scheme.


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