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November 14th, 2018 Benjamin Moore Announces Color of the Year 2019

It’s official. 2019 is the year of the neutral! In contrast to last year’s BOLD favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019 Metropolitan AF-690 evokes neutrality and balance. Last year, we saw bold shades of deep crimson and rich cerulean as industry favorites. This year, complete with its own palate of complementary shades, Metropolitan AF-690 is a utilitarian favorite. This rich grey easily translates to any home space. Described as “not arresting or aggressive,” Metropolitan AF-690 diverges from Color of the Year choices from years past as a versatile shade. This true neutral, charcoal grey pairs well with any shade, creating a canvas for bold accents and furniture or a more neutral palette.



About Metropolitan AF-690

Metropolitan AF-690 is a true neutral. A sophisticated, understated, and calming shade, Metropolitan AF-690 blends effortlessly into any space. A lack of strong warm or cool undertones makes this shade incredibly easy to use. Ellen O’Neill, Director of Strategic Design Intelligence describes the cool grey as “Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance.” She continues ““It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. […] This understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.” Evoking both modernity and classical elegance, this grey provides a perfect backdrop for any decor style. This color is everywhere. Don’t believe us? Check out this video

Complementary Shades

In the Color of the Year reveal, this year, Benjamin Moore paired the winning shade with 15 coordinating tones that add depth and harmony to spaces shared with Metropolitan AF-690. Shades include several of our most favorite off-white shades. Benjamin Moore pairs OC-130 Cloud White, OC-149 Decorators White, and OC-27 Balboa Mist as complementary shades. Other shades include deep jewel tones such as Beau Green 2054-20 and softer, neutral colors like Pashmina AF-100 and Smoke 2122-40. In harmony with these gorgeous, calming shades, Metropolitan AF-690 demonstrates the relaxing power of grey in society. 

How Does Benjamin Moore Choose the Color of the Year?

With over 3500 gorgeous colors to chose from, Benjamin Moore experts have the difficult task of selecting ONE shade as the Color of the Year. We can’t imagine having to make this decision, and we’re glad we don’t have to! So who has the difficult task of selecting the #1 trending Benjamin Moore color of the year? The company assembles a team of seven industry experts to embark on a year long selection process. This talented team attends art expos, design shows, and industry events searching for “the one.” As color experts, we find this dedication to color inspiring!

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