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Color Through the Decades: Color Trends for 2019

Color is at the heart of any good home design. Iconic color trends through the decades have solidified major design movements, from the prim and proper Victorian age to 1920s art deco glamour. Take a look at these major color trends through time and how they are being reimagined in 2019. Whether you’re looking for a new home inspired by the groovy mid-century modern architecture or preparing for a design consultation for your new home, these options are timeless.


Victorian Drama

The Victorian era is imbued with sophisticated colors and soft shades of pewter, pale green, and tan. Another color that is synonymous with Victorian design: yellow. Elle Decor predicts that 2019 will see a rise in the inviting yellows, beiges, and pinks that formed the foundation of Victorian style. Try a pop of yellow on the walls paired with neutral shades for furniture and decor, or a delicate mauve for exterior accents. Sherwin-Williams also recommends pulling shades from opposite sides of the color wheel for a high contrast look, like soft plum complemented by golden hues.


Not-So DIY Arts & Crafts

As a counter to the over-the-top Victorian styles, the late 1880s and early 1900s Arts and Crafts movement embodied simple lines, warm earth tones, and solid craftsmanship. Picture neutrals like cream, warm brass, and clay combined with indigo blue and deep green. Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year for 2019 fits right into this palette—the earthy Cavern Clay is a deep terracotta shade that works as both a neutral and an accent for interior looks.

The Jazz Age

The 1920s brought about bold berry reds and rich jewel-tone greens and blues perfect for a Gatsby-inspired gala. Today, these tones have made a comeback, as 2019 color trendsetters predict pops of jewel-tone accents in furniture and decor, like bold aqua and forest green. Sherwin-Williams recommends Incorporating these tones into accent chairs, artwork, and throw pillows in the living room with wall colors in frosty gray and off-cream.

Mod Hodge Podge

Homeowners looking for a more eclectic look in 2019 can pull inspiration from the 1960s. Imagine geometric patterns and bold contrast with colors ranging from bright orange and chartreuse to dramatic charcoal. In fact, Elle Decor lists electric citrus as one of the top 15 shades of 2019. It pairs perfectly with natural, warm wood finishes and accents of flat black, as well as the Pantone 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet.


Homebuyers and new homeowners have no shortage of options when it comes to interior and exterior color trends. At Stanley Martin Homes, our homes feature distinct designs that can be custom built to fit your every need. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, explore our communities in Orlando and Tampa, and then give us a call directly at 407.590.3501 to speak with an agent.