Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2019

Looking for a calm, composed and sophisticated gray paint?

Look no further.  Benjamin Moore just announced its 2019 Color of the Year - Metropolitan (AF-690), a stylish gray with cool undertones.

Described by Ellen O-Neill, the company's Director of Strategic Design Intelligence, "Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease.  It's neutral.  It's understated.  It just is.  This is color, off duty."

Gray Is Warming Up

Gray continues to be the most popular color in homes, but the cooler tones are waning in popularity as being a bit too sterile, while the warmer tones are gaining favor.

These are hues that blend earth tones with gray to create an inviting neutral that works well in any space.

Great White Paint

No doubt about it.  White is one of the hardest colors to choose.

That's because white is highly reflective and what surrounds it can impact how it looks.  So can the time of day, the time of year, and the lighting.

And then there's this:  white isn't a single color but a range of shades with a variety of undertones.  Benjamin Moore has 157 shades of white!

Fifty Shades of Gray

Not just the title of a racy novel, 50 (or more) shades of gray – from the palest silver to the darkest charcoal - have replaced beige as the neutral of choice over the past couple of years. 

But finding just the right shade can be a challenge because the undertones can make grays cool or warm, and a color that looks gray on a paint chip can be tinged with purple or blue when applied to a wall.  Too, natural light influences how a shade looks.