LENEXA, KAN. – Whether you’re a down-to-earth explorer, a distracted multi-tasker or an overworked Baby Boomer, there’s a trending color for you and your home in 2019. According to national color expert Kate Smith, color trends in 2019 are all about connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting.
“Top paint brands seem to be identifying color trends that leap into three unique categories for the coming year,” says Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. “People are bonding with these popular colors in their many day-to-day experiences and including incorporating these colors on the exterior of their homes.”
One of the growing trends in America is for people to connect with their roots. Whether purchasing a DNA kit or going online to track their genealogy, it’s now easier than ever for people to connect with their ancestors. According to Smith, exploring our heritage and celebrating a person’s lineage shows up in the colors they gravitate to on a regular basis.
“The colors of this ‘Connect’ palette have a well-worn look,” says Smith. “It’s almost like they are ‘comfort colors’ handed down from another generation. Each hue is a toned down version of a color that was once brighter, but has now mellowed with time.
“These ageless hues blend past, present, future and cross cultures. It’s easy to see how a home exterior could reflect these colors. For example, starting at the top of the home, you could have a composite shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes® in a rich Black Oak blend. Then, working your way down the home could be softer, neutral tones. But, when you get to the front door you can connect the entire exterior with a powerful punch of Cavern Clay or Dark Hunter Green.”
For many people, handheld devices have fooled us into thinking we can continually multi-task. However, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen, authors of The Distracted Mind and other studies, show that true multi-tasking is a myth. Our brains focus on one thing by shutting out others.
What does this have to do with color trends? According to Smith, as people begin to understand the need for fewer distractions, they disconnect and gravitate to softer hues and more subtle tones.
“At the intersection of high-speed connections and calm minds, we find inspiring neutral colors that defy being easily named,” says Smith. “They’re not quite gray or taupe or tan, but have an almost magical ability to blend with an unlimited range of colors.
“For example, think about how popular gray has become in the past several years. Whether a warm or cool version, grays have exploded in everything from composite slate roofs to interior quiet spaces in the home.”
Smith recommends that busy, always multi-tasking homeowners considering an exterior refresh in 2019 would do well to consider neutrals. Top-down timeless neutral tones can make a home appear more relaxing and welcoming.
Like hamsters on a wheel, many aging homeowners are getting tired of seeing the same scenery in life. The current world situations and political conflicts can be overwhelming. When the world around us feels like it has gone crazy, we turn to family, friends and homes to find happiness.
“Comfortable surroundings in upbeat, happy colors make us smile,” says Smith. “Golden yellows, earthy light terracotta and sky blue are just some of the colors that help people reconnect. These are joyful, nurturing colors that remind us to take a deep breath — and that everything and everyone is going to be okay.”
People wishing to create a more welcoming, upbeat exterior to their homes can use many of the colors Smith identifies in her “Reconnect” color palette.
“Again, starting at the top of the home, select a composite roof, perhaps a slate roof in a Slate Gray color,” says Smith. “Then paint the entire exterior in a sunny yellow or fern green. If you’d like less color, use a neutral light gray for the siding, but add a pop of color on the front door, shutters or trim. Don’t be afraid to select a color like Wild Lilac or Summer Sunset. These may be just the right splashy colors to help you reconnect in 2019!”
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