Melanie Hearse - 2 Jan, 2019

The 2019 paint colour trends that pass the ‘classic’ test

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Get your paintbrushes at the ready! Here’s our pick of the 2019 paint trends for the year ahead, designed to remind us to unwind and switch off daily. And, best of all, they won’t look dated by 2020.

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Choosing the perfect paint colour for your home can be a daunting task -colour has a huge impact on the mood and style a room evokes, and it’s something we look at daily.

Getting it right is often a delicate dance to find a shade that’s trendy and modern but will last the test of time, given most of us won’t want to pick up a paintbrush for at least another five years.

To help you choose the best shade, we’ve looked through Dulux’s colour predictions for 2019 and pulled out the tones that’ll give your home an up-to-the-minute refresh, without the risk that it’ll date quickly.


Echoing Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year choice Living Coral, chosen as a visual and timely reminder to get back to what matters with less investment into technology and social media, Dulux’s 2019 trend predictions include plenty of shades designed to inspire us to unwind and log out on the daily. There’s plenty of gentle, nurturing colours, and they’ve given a solid nod to the wellness movement, with colours that create calming and reflective interior spaces.

Here are the four colour palettes Dulux predicts will trend in 2019, and our tips for embracing them while keeping your wall colour choices classic.  

The Wholeself palette

This one’s for the romantics, with muted shades of powdery pinks and warm neutrals, and accent colours in muted citrus and minty blue-green. As a bonus, they complement the current trend for mid-tone timbers, soft undulating lines and relaxed design detailing. Being all about gentle, nurturing tones that channel a sense of quiet minimalism, tonality is key in the Wholeself trend, with plenty of colours that complement any overall colour scheme you prefer – the very essence of a classic colour choice.

2019 paint colour trends

When choosing colours from this trend palette, factor in the room type and any colours in adjoining spaces. One area this palette works particularly well is the bedroom, creating a calm and restful feel.

Top tip: keep your spaces warm but soothing with creamy colours from the collection, such as Ecru.

The Repair palette

If you like your classics to take something of a vibrant twist, this palette’s mix of deep, earthy hues are the 2019 paint colour trends for you. The colours are ideal for lovers of vintage and retro furnishing and design, or those with spaces large enough to handle the deep tones.

2019 paint colour trends

In order to keep things classic, you’re best to stick to the neutral shades in the collection – China White, Cornstalk, Chai Half and New Neutral – and save the bright splashes of colour – including Sea Creature or Plasticine – for wall art or accessorising. Looking to take it to your outdoor spaces? Grab a small pot and paint up some planters for your front porch.

The Legacy palette

Much as the name suggests, this collection is all about timelessness and tradition, as a gentle, visual rebuke to our increasingly disposable lifestyles, and a reminder to embrace the elegance of yesteryear. In terms of choosing a classic, the rich, opulent purples and violets may be a little polarising and dated in the years to come, though they’ll make gorgeous accessory colour choices and match back well to the dusty pinks and rose golds that were big in homewares last year.

2019 paint colour trends

Dulux’s styling tip for this collection concurs, suggesting it’s applied to shelving with a mix up of shapes and heights, mingling artworks and sculptural items alongside more traditional vases and vessels.

The Identity palette

One for the creatives and lovers of all things bright and primary coloured, the Identity collection is low on classics but big on bold hues across the colour spectrum (it’s an 80s fanatic’s dream collection!).

While there is nothing to recommend for those wanting a classic tone for their walls, this collection is worth exploring for decorating inspo if you’re all about colour – and again, could inspire plenty of fun outdoor furniture or courtyard wall looks.

Dulux’s style tip for this collection? “You don’t need colour on every wall to make a daring and adventurous statement. Experiment with the smaller architectural details, applying a colour that will transform them into a special feature.”

2019 paint could trends

The colour you choose to splash on your walls is a deeply individual choice, so always bear in mind the effort and expense that goes into the job. Classics may not give you the same instant buzz a seriously trendy shade can, but it’s always easier to go classic on the walls and more stylised with your décor.

Words by Melanie Hearse. Images from Dulux.

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