23 Jan 2019

What’s Your Colour of the Year 2019?

by Ger Cooney (Course Tutor)

Here's a round-up of the colours chosen for 2019 by some of the leading influencers in the world of colour, Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Akzo Nobel (Dulux).


Pantone - colour of the year 2019 - Living Coral 16-1546

Image source: Pantone.com

Living Coral is an orange/peach hue that is evocative and resembles sea coral which is rich and vibrant. The explanation and reasoning behind the forecasting process has always been an inside secret. 

Since 2000, Pantone has been a globally renowned authority as a colour trend setter and forecaster. The chosen colour of the year tends to be widely used through multiple design disciplines such as graphic design, fashion design, branding, packaging and interiors. You can find out more here.


Benjamin Moore - colour of the year 2019 - Metropolitan AF-690

Image source: Benjaminmoore.com

Metropolitan AF-690 is a neutral grey colour, calming and sophisticated. While greys have been popular in recent years and a trend colour, they are very much here to stay. In addition to the new release, Benjamin Moore have also devised a companion set of colour palettes to work in conjunction with the Metropolitan AF-690. These include Beau Green 2054-20, Smoke 2122-40 and Putnam Ivory HC-39. You can find out more here.


Akzo Nobel/Dulux - colour of the year 2019 - Spiced Honey

Image source: Dulux.com

Dulux has unveiled Spiced Honey as their colour of the year for 2019, a warm honey brown which is both calm and elegant. The inspiration for this colour is driven by the creative team based in Akzo Nobel's Global Aesthetic Centre. As part of the process, designers from various industries and design disciplines gather and collaborate over trend forecasting. In addition to Spiced Honey, the company has also released accompanying colour palettes Think, Dream, Love and Act. 

You can find out more here.


While these trends will prove to be influential in 2019, colour remains a subjective part of the design process. 

Which colour do you prefer? Will you be using these in your designs in 2019? Let us know what you think.


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