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Submission by:  Carolien Haden - Prominent Paints Marketing Manager


Coatings SA will highlight the colour trends for the next year. As a guide, the article wants to highlight the colours and why they were chosen. And the impact these colours can have when applied. 

At Prominent Paints we view colour as a creative ecosystem – one that revolves around our customers. It’s fluid and collaborative and key trend drivers influence the new colours coming through. Trends are like a pendulum in that they have a force behind their beginning. They move at a steady speed and eventually slow to a point where they stop before embarking onto another swing – never swinging back to exactly the same point. 

Black Flame is the PPG colour of the year for 2018 and it’s a real statement colour but the leading global paint company has just announced that for 2019 – its Colour of the Year is Night Watch (PPG 1145-7). It’s a rich, luxurious, and classic deep shade of jade-like green that was chosen for its ability to allow homeowners to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature in their spaces!

There is no mistaking the move towards richer, deeper more complex colours and usual combinations so it’s no surprise that Night Watch is the choice for 2019.

It’s lovely when mixed with lighter and complementary hues like, Millennial pink or pebble gray, such as PPG's Whiskers or Moth Gray colours.

The colour's connection to nature makes it a particularly good choice for areas that lack outdoor access or views, like windowless hallways. It will also work well with other of-the-moment design trends, like gilded touches and the now-iconic Millennial pink. To draw on the luxurious impact of Night Watch we believe consumers will see value in pairing the colour with gold or brass accents, like picture frames, tabletop decor, legs on furniture, or even drawer pulls.

The urge to reconnect with nature is driven by today's tumultuous, always-connected society. Empty space in our lives – like downtime, lulls in conversation – tends to be filled with the use of smartphones and devices. Being surrounded by Night Watch can give some of that empty space back by pulling our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.

Night Watch is part of the “We Are With Class” palette which helps redefine what luxury looks like. The colours are on one hand full of timeless, classic neutrals and on the other loaded with richly saturated and elegant gem tones. The result is a range of hues that embody luxury at all levels.

Bold paints paired with lighter shades and used on interior doors, accent walls and on furniture and cabinetry. Blue for a kitchen is also making an appearance on 2019 design mood boards. Grey was the colour of the year according to Pinterest and we don’t believe it will lose its position in the popularity stakes when it comes to neutral shades. But the pendulum swings slowly when it comes to consumers and the move to richer, warmer colours will not happen overnight and will be a gradual process.

Like colour, paint finishes and decorative paint techniques are very personal. When consumers are looking for more depth and texture and they don’t want to turn to wall paper – they are trying paint techniques like an Ombre colour wash, marbelizing, using a strié finish, geographic shapes and painting floors and ceilings. 

Colour is being used more freely and in areas traditionally left unpainted. More and more – front doors are being given a pop of colour and Night Watch is perfect for this kind of application. The same is true of the pantry door in the kitchen. The bottom line though - when introducing a bold colour like Night Watch into a room – it’s best mixed with lighter wood tones and white trim, which helps balance the dark colour and prevent it from overpowering a space. The same is true of any dark or bold colour choice.

It’s a good idea to consider the impact of the colour on the room it’s being used in; while colour is a transformative design tool it also impacts on mood and emotion.

If you are unsure of yourself – start with a small area in the house and test out your colour changes with accessories before you commit to changing the walls.  Make sure you have an overall concept before you begin the project so you can tie everything together. Think of colours in families and then work with various hues within the complementary colour families.  Be bold – there is no need to be afraid of colour.

Having a colour palette that flows through the entire house is also a good idea and makes the rooms feel cohesive and it’s easier to transition between rooms. Pops of colour can be added with accessories and upholstery.

Paint will create a grounding atmosphere in a room and set the mood for a space. So decide what it should be and pick your paint colour from there.

Another clever tip to remember is that when you are selecting a colour – like a high energy green – opt for a green with grey undertones. This will add longevity to a colour and keep it more current.

Ultimately though – colour must be a reflection of your style and preferences and going with what’s on trend is not always the smart move. Always assess your existing décor first and decide how to combine colour and décor elements in the most seamless way.


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