Metropolitan panel wall in a bedroom.

Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year

Metropolitan AF-690: A stylish gray with cool undertones.


After selecting the firey red “Caliente” as its 2018 color of the year, Benjamin Moore has selected a much more calm, on-trend color for 2019. And we really like it a lot!

Here’s how Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s Director of Strategic Design Intelligence, describes the 2019 color:

“Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty.”

2019 Color Trends Palette

In addition to announcing the 2019 color of the year, Benjamin Moore also released its 2019 Color Palette. This palette of hues contains deep blues, grays, and greens that are all complementary to Metropolitan. If you like Metropolitan, this palette could be a good source of inspiration as you plan color combinations for your painting project.


Why We Like Metropolitan

This sophisticated shade of gray, or “greige” as you may have heard it called, is versatile and upscale. We like its soothing appearance and that it can be used in virtually any room in the home.

Check out Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends Pinterest board for more inspiration.

See Our In-Store Color Wall

Each Grauer’s Paint store has a wall dedicated to the 2019 color of the year. Stop by one of our locations to see it in person!

Covering up 2018’s Caliente red.
2019-color-of-year-wall-sample painting the 2019 color of year wall
Updated with 2019’s Metropolitan.
finished 2019 color of year wall 2019-color-of-year-paint-can

Where You Can You Get It

If you’re interested in possibly using Metropolitan paint for your next project, stop by one of our stores to pick up an interion paint sample. Samples are an inexpensive and the most accurate way to give you the truest sense of a color. Each sample will cover two 4’x 4′ areas.

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