When someone says a color is “neutral” do you immediately think of a white or a nondescript beige? Neutral does not have to mean plain. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2019 is Metropolitan AF-690. The color is a not-too-light, nor-too-dark gray with a hint of silver underneath. While many neutral colors wash out in bright light, Metropolitan is strong enough to maintain it- presence even in well-lit rooms, but not so dark as to close in a smaller space. Metropolitan is a move away from some of the paler, brown-based grays to a slightly cooler and darker tone. It is not, however, so cool as to look blue which in a gray can feel cold and uninviting.

Along with Metropolitan there are fourteen complementary shades comprising the Color Trends 2019 Palette, including neutrals as well as some stronger colors to mix things up. Neutrals can benefit from an occasional pop of color so as to avoid too much of the same. In the kitchen, gray walls with white cabinets and a darker island is a great look. Pairing a strong navy, such as HC-154 Hale Navy, with gray is classic. Kendall Charcoal HC-166 is a great island color for a monochromatic color palette. The color Smoke 2122-40 is a blue green tone that would work well in a master bedroom suite to create that relaxing spa feel. Using a paler neutral, such as OC-27 Balboa Mist, can lighten up a darker space where perhaps Metropolitan might be too dark or too cool.

Using a neutral tone can make a space seem calmer and more serene. It can serve as a retreat from today’s loud and in-your-face world. It can provide a timeless backdrop for art work and accessories that make up your personal style. Neutral colors don’t have to be boring and Metropolitan is a great color for any room in your home.

Jay Adams is the owner of Blue Jay Paint and Blinds in Lake Zurich, an independent Benjamin Moore dealer. For more information on the wide range of products and services offered, including Hunter Douglas and Graber window fashions visit bluejaypaint.com or call 224.677.5334.