This Is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

This Is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year


In September 2018, Sherwin-Williams announced what would be their color of the year in 2019: Cavern Clay.

What is unique about this color is that it offers a nod to numerous traditional styles. The color itself is reminiscent of aged terracotta, while the depth it provides brings back a feeling of mid-20th-century modern style. There are hints of the American Southwest in there too, making the color suitable for a desert theme, just as it is ideal for a forest or modern theme.

In announcing the color of the year, Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams, noted that Cavern Clay is an effort to bring multiple generations together as this color is incorporated into more homes around the world. 

“We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s – with a twist,” she said. “In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity. Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity, and free-spirited Bohemian flair.”

Use Cavern Clay as a backdrop for your kitchen to create warm tones and a fresh look. It would be perfect in the dining room, creating a setting that is comfortable and casual for family get-togethers. 

It Works in Residential and Commercial Settings

Cavern Clay is part of the Wanderer color journal that was announced by Sherwin-Williams as part of the Colormix Color Forecast.

As part of her interview with Forbes, Wadden said that warm colors were still a top priority for interior designers. Whether it is at home or in the office, colors like Cavern Clay help to bring the joy of the outdoors inside.

“A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style,” Wadden said. “Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoons – all embodied in one color.”

Cavern Clay balances well with leather tones, subdued grains, and highlights of green from your favorite houseplants. Complement it with bright, bold primary colors for an expression of contrasts. Blue elements work exceptionally well in rooms that are painted with this color. Soft shades of green and deep browns are ideal choices too.

2019 is the ninth consecutive year that Sherwin-Williams has announced a paint color for the year. In 2018, the brand chose a color called “Oceanside,” which featured cool shades that were reminiscent of the beach.

Although the color may feel unusual to some, there is a particular spice to it that feels like home when it is incorporated into the bedroom. It speaks of coziness that is not overwhelming, brought to life by hints of pine, bamboo, and the holiday cottage or cabin you may have visited as a child.

If you think that your walls could use some new paint, then why not try this bold color of the year from Sherwin-Williams? With its rustic orange shading, it may be just the color to help your other interior elements begin to shine brightly. 

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