Take one look at the 2019 Colors of the Year and you should know that anything goes!

The calming blues and greens selected by Behr, Kelly-Moore, Cloverdale, Diamond Vogel, Dutch Boy, and Glidden/PPG range from gently saturated to intense, but are tried and true. 
Benjamin Moore stands firm with a soft gray - an industry standard and the choice of most new construction and homeowners planning to update with paint. 
Pantone gives us a rich coral seen all spring and summer in fashions and fabrics. 
Akzonoble, maker of Dulux Paint, choose Spiced Honey - a medium-golden neutral shade safe to use just about anywhere, and which makes me almost smell the spices and honey! 
Pratt & Lambert’s Earthen Trail is a version of the fleshy beige-pink that’s trying to make a big comeback from the 60s. Some dated properties still display this color in wall-to-wall carpeting and paint. Do you dare? 
Sherwin Williams’ dark Cavern Clay and Dunn Edwards’ darker Spice of Life are best in small doses, in rooms where there are a lot of windows and natural light.

Valspar’s 2019 selection of a dozen colors ranging from the tried-and-true neutral to pastels and jewel tones gives you a pallet to complement and contrast. 

In all things paint - remember that light has a great effect on the color you’ll see. Avoid mistakes by consulting a design professional before making your color selection. Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design provides professional color consultations and offers discounts on your paint purchase. Contact us at 1-855-SPACES-5.

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When helping clients with choosing paint colors for their homes, I start off with a question, “What colors are you most attracted to?” This gives a good feel of where to start with choosing paint colors. It’s easy to find just the right color with the variety of paints on the market. Remember that today’s neutral shades can pick up varied undertones from permanent fixtures throughout your home. If you love the gray walls in your neighbor’s kitchen, don’t expect that color to look exactly the same in your kitchen - unless your illumination, flooring, cabinets, backsplash and countertops are exactly the same.  

Color is very psychological and can evoke certain moods and perception of space and temperature. Wall and ceiling paints need to be carefully chosen because they envelope you and tend to remain for a long time. Stepping from a bright orange room into a dark blue room and then stepping into a bold purple room gets tiresome quickly!

I always recommend that you choose wisely and use bold wall colors conservatively. And keep your wall colors to three per level of your home. Make sure the colors combine nicely for a cohesive look. For example, a blue tone works well as a major accent wall used with a neutral gray-blue on remaining walls. Carry the blue tone onto the gray-blue walls with artwork and accessories. And add fabrics with the blue tone throughout the room. This creates a comfortable and memorable living space.


  • Find a color swatch you like and move it around to every wall and every fixture in the room. If the swatch picks up undesired tones, the paint will do the same on your walls.
  • There are an abundance of neutrals that will show a trace to a deep saturation of color. This is the best way to keep your walls neutral and get the color you want, without having your home look like a crayon box.
  • Use the same depth of color on accent walls and adjoining walls for a contemporary look. Have both wall colors combine harmoniously.
  • Avoid stark paint colors that have no connection with upholstery, fabrics, art, or anything else in the room.   

These tips work whether you're personalizing your home for living, or staging your home for sale!  

Joan Inglis, Interior Designer and Master Accredited Staging Professional®, is the owner and lead designer of Carolina Spaces, a full-service home staging, luxury home staging, model home merchandising and interior design firm based outside of Charlotte in Lake Wylie, SC. Carolina Spaces provides services to the Charlotte, NC region and throughout the Southeast. Call 1-855-SPACES-5 or contact us online for more information on our award-winning services.

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