Nearing fall, the paint companies reveal the results of their creative teams’ discussions and customer survey groups about color. In September, AkzoNobel and their wonderful team in the Netherlands at the AkzoNobel Global Aesthetic Centre, led by Creative Director Heleen Van Gent, published their latest findings on Decorative Paints’ trends. The answer for 2019 is ‘Spiced honey’. The color of the year represents the consumer sentiments around the globe. After some unsettling events, a mutual feeling of regrouping and retreating has ensued last year, but now it is time to return to the world, show some action, kindness, and participate in change. The amber, warm hues of Spiced Honey will give the active homeowner a wonderful, calming atmosphere to come home to and to enjoy recharging their batteries after spending all this energy on getting things done outside the house. The nourishing, yet stimulating effect of the color infuses the inhabitant of the space with optimism and purpose. The rich properties of honey attributed to the color engulf everyone in a natural, healing, and timeless feeling. Spiced Honey is spotted in fashion, architecture, design, and blending perfectly into interior design projects, complementing other soft colors and rich neutrals, and bringing out surfaces in intense burgundy or sophisticated deep blue. It is easily combined with polished wood, mid-century furniture, rugs, and textiles. All elements that add to the notion of getting centered and serene at home. The unobtrusive hue is an excellent backdrop for hand-crafted, artisanal furniture and vintage pieces that have been repainted to fit the space. It perfectly supports the global trend of personalization, comfort, and ease, and gives every home an elegant touch that is at the same time inviting, quite grown up and warm. Spiced Honey reflects the contemporary sense across markets, geographies, and regions. Wherever it shows up, people will feel at home. For more color trends see Passion Flower, Ultraviolet, and Heart Wood.