With spring right around the corner, a lot of us are thinking home improvement projects. Painting a room or two (or three or four, if you’re like me) is great way to bring a fresh look to your space. Unfortunately, many people don’t get further than thinking—not because of the actual painting but because they fall victim to color paralysis. Do you suffer from CP? I can help. No prescription, and no long list of disturbing and, let’s admit it, sometimes oddly hilarious side effects. Read on to discover five of the most popular color choices for 2019 to help you move from paralysis to painting.

Before I go further, let me provide guidance I often provide: the most important consideration is choosing colors you love. Don’t choose a color because anyone tells you it’s trendy. Make sure your color gives your space the feeling you’re looking for, otherwise you may find yourself uncomfortable in that newly painted space. However, trendy colors may perfectly match for your mood, or lead you to choose colors to help you love where you live.

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Believe it or not, #1 on the list for this year is white! Yes, white is indeed a color and it can vary greatly depending on its undertones. The popular whites this year seem to have a creamy, almost buttery appearance. Very soft. Certainly not bright. Much more subdued. It’s a great choice for a room that doesn’t get a lot of light. It also makes a terrific background color that allows you to pick almost any accent colors you like.

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Next up is blue, which seems to make the list every year. Blue is clearly the Susan Lucci of color. If you haven’t looked at paint samples lately, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many blue hues are available for you. Everything from very, very navy to barely, barely pastel blue and everything in between. If blue has always moved you, you should have no problem finding a shade that speaks to you!

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2019 and all the earth tones are back. I love it! They can provide a peaceful, serene feel to any room and often offer a much warmer feel than going with white. A neutral earth tone backdrop also accommodates most accent colors. And unlike whites, earth tones are great for hiding imperfections on walls.

TIP: For better coverage and hiding of flaws be sure to use flat paint on your walls. The exception to this guidance is in bathrooms and kitchens where satin or semi-gloss offer much better cleanup.

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You can’t keep a good gray down. I believe it has surpassed taupe on the neutral charts. It’s a perfect alternative if you just…can’t…possibly…stand to see…another…beige…wall! From a gray so soft that it’s nearly white to a slate or charcoal gray so dark it’s almost black, gray can work well in any space. In between the two grays I noted, you will find shades of gray with green, red, blue, and yellow undertones that can tie in very nicely with different wood tones and accent colors.

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Pastel colors are definitely making a comeback in 2019. Ranging from soft clay to a beautiful soft minty or mossy green, you can lighten about any color you love and ta-dah, you have a pastel. We used to think of pastels as baby blue and soft pink, but thankfully we have evolved to “grown up pastels” that offer a splendid way to add color to a space without overpowering it.

So my friends, as you can see, 2019 has ushered in many beautiful color trends and you should have no problem finding just the right one for your spring painting projects! The best tip I can give you is to embrace the color selection process. Take your time and don’t take it too seriously. Remember, it’s only paint. You can always fix a bad choice with…more paint.

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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