Benjamin Moore Loves Metropolitan for Color in 2019

Cape Cod guest bedroom painted in Benjamin Moore AF-690 Metropolitan, white furniture and navy grid accent pillows

Cape Cod guest bedroom painted in Benjamin Moore AF-690 Metropolitan, white furniture and navy grid accent pillows

As part a 2019 color trend series, Benjamin Moore is touring the design industry sharing their schemes for creative ways to use their 2019 Color of the Year pick, Metropolitan, and how to pair it with other soothing colors and creative uses of finishes.  For all the gray lovers out there, this is for you.

This week as part of a Lunch and Learn series for American Society of Interior Designers, New England, Marion Beaulieu, Architect and Designer Rep for Benjamin Moore, presented some most interesting color picks for 2019.  Metropolitan a cool gray was their choice, a far fetch from Pantone’s recent announcement of Living Coral being their Color of the Year for 2019.

Marion presented on how the color of the year was selected.  There is a team at Benjamin Moore that travels the world a whole year before they meet to choose the color of the year.  Traveling to other countries, trade shows, fashion shows, car shows taking note of colors being seen the most and how they are being used.  Metropolitan was chosen as the vibe being noticed as a calming and soothing one.  Unlike 2018’s Color of the Year, Caliente, a deep rich red, representing a world in turmoil, Metropolitan represents a more relaxed 2019 to come.  People want to relax and rest, they want a quieter space.  Quietude, glamour and beauty are the words Benjamin Moore uses to describe the mood to come for 2019.  This was seen in new and old throughout the year of travel.  Some of the visuals in Marion’s presentation were gray’s, such as architectural details on buildings, corbels and fashion and lots of stone. I can totally relate to why Metropolitan was chosen. Recently this past August a trip to Europe touring through Rome and Greece many stone details not only on ancient buildings, the streets and sidewalks are paved with stone and marble.

Stone paved street on the island of Hydra, Greece

Stone paved street on the island of Hydra, Greece

With Metropolitan being the chosen color, Benjamin Moore also developed a Color Trends 2018 Palette of colors to be used in conjunction with Metropolitan.  A palette of 15 hues hand-picked and curated by their color and design team.  A pallet created for livable spaces.  Included in the color palette were a few popular colors.  Hale Navy HC-154 was used multiple times and paired well with Decorator’s White.  Eric Haydel, Boston designer and host of the presentation’s lunch, has used Hale Navy on the walls in his showroom in a high gloss finish for a dose of drama.

Not only is it interesting that a cool gray was chosen for 2019, gray is still holding it’s own with the use of gray being a very popular color for the past 5 years at least. We also used a cool gray paint color on the walls in this Cape Cod home with white furnishings and navy blue accent pillows last summer.

Seminar Room at the Boston Design Center using gray carpet tiles, gray painted walls, a version of Hale Navy and Decorators White on the platform skirt.

Seminar Room at the Boston Design Center using gray carpet tiles, gray painted walls, a version of Hale Navy and Decorators White on the platform skirt.

Not only did Marian review new color combinations in her presentation she reviewed and answered questions regarding paint finishes, always a conundrum to homeowners.  Here is a helpful listing of paint finishes to use for specific applications. 

Paint Finish Applications

·         Flat finishes are more forgiving

·         High Sheen and Satin are being used in architectural woodwork

·         Aura is Benjamin Moore’s premium paint and washable in high traffic areas

·         Cabinetry, recommends the Advance product

·         Stix is a bonding product recommended for prepping cabinets

·         Floors use latex floor and patio paint, the epoxy resin provides more durability on floors

·         PREP IS ALWAYS KEY to any paint application

 

Color Trend 2019 Palette of 15 colors from Benjamin Moore

·         Balboa Mist OC-27

·         Head Over Heels AF-250

·         Cloud White OC-130

·         Decorator’s White OC-149

·         Smoke 2122-40

·         Pashmina AF-100

·         Putnam Ivory HC-39

·         Soft Fern 2144-40

·         Metropolitan AF-690

·         Black Pepper 2130-40

·         Kendall Charcoal HC-166

·         Kona AF-165

·         Hunter Green 2041-10

·         Beau Green 2054-20

·         Hale Navy HC-154