Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2019

This past week Sherwin Williams announced its Color of the Year: Cavern Clay (SW 7701). It’s a renaissance of the 1970s, and gives a nod to the modern mid-century designs that were popular at the time.

Cavern Clay

Just looking at the small sample, I wasn’t impressed. I was like, “WHAT????” I shared the picture on Facebook and Instagram earlier this week, and several of you all agreed with me! We just weren’t fans at the first glance.

But, I’ve spent some time with it since I shared the photo, and as I look at it applied in a room setting, I like it much better.

In this photo it’s paired with a white that really makes the room warm and welcoming. I still love their 2016 Color of the Year Alabaster (SW7008) and could see them pairing really well in this room. Partnering Cavern Clay with other neutrals could really give a nice, casual look.

The blue chairs in this room are a great accent and really add a nice POP of color.   Another good combo is Accessible Beige SW(7036).  Adding grays could help give a fresh look to the 1970’s vibe.  A good gray might be Anew Gray SW(7030).

In this room, I’m loving the dark window casings. Using Cavern Clay really gives this room a sophisticated, elegant appeal.

I always look forward to all the paint companies releasing their “Colors of the Years.” I love to see how it effects the design industry, apparel, furniture, rugs and decorative accessories the upcoming year.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see the mark Cavern Clay leaves behind!  Let me know your thoughts below!




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