Within the former Four Season’s pool room, now simply “The Pool” restaurant, the huddle of New York’s leaders in interior design, home décor, and architecture broke into applause at the reveal that Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019 is Metropolitan AF-690. Indeed, this elegant shade of gray is, what kids these days may call, Metropolitan AF. Its insouciant sophistication feels serene, meditative, even intellectual, and clearly ideal in an urban abode of any discernible good taste. Not that it would work any less effectively in a more traditional home since it can also serve as an understated backdrop to more exuberant colors and patterns.

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While formal wagering on the outcome is unlikely, there certainly was enough chatter among the cognoscenti just prior to the announcement. After all, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year is never the result of tossing a dart on a spinning color wheel. The brand’s director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill and her team scour through trade shows and some thirty cities worldwide to take painstaking measure of the zeitgeist before arriving at a color that is thematically, functionally, and pointedly au courant. And what could possibly be more fitting a choice than something this soothing, a welcome respite to the maddening tumult that has become daily life in the past couple of years.

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Also revealed this evening were fifteen other 2019 color trend coatings – from neutrals to more substantial pinks, blues and greens – that work in harmony with Metropolitan AF-690. Suggested elements in designing and decorating a space with this shade include using heathered grays and soft linens in a living room; reflective metallic accents and versatile neutrals for the kitchen, and trims of bold blues for entryways and doors. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors come in pint samples at local retailers along with Color Trends 2019 curated palette cards. Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore has been the trusted name in residential and commercial paint for generations, exclusively available at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

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