Flashback to the 70’s. What colors come to mind? For most it would be earth tones that embraced orange, brown, avocado and yes harvest gold. Those were the home décor colors we grew up with.

Each year multiple sources come out with their expected color of the year. Each base their decisions on extensive research on trends, lifestyles, international influences and the various mood of key generations.

One of the leading color predictors is Sherwin-Williams. As the nation’s leading retailer of paint, they contentiously focus on the colors that will motivate homeowners to redecorate. Channeling the desert modern style, Cavern Clay is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year.

Cavern Clay by Sherwin-Williams

A sun-washed and worldly terracotta color is a nod to midcentury modern style, with a desert modern aesthetic. “We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970’s, with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair.”

So how do we as homeowners and designers incorporate this warm, earthy hue into our home’s décor? Does this mean we are finally going to break out of the sea of gray? Are we ready for some warmth?

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Dining rooms need to feel inviting and cozy. Cavern Clay walls and dark window frames contrast nicely with rich wood floors and linen upholstery.

According to Wadden, “Cavern Clay is an easy way to bring the warmth of the outdoors in. Envision beaches, canyons and deserts, and sun-washed late summer afternoon, all of this embodied in one color.”

I’ve been reporting on the tribal influence and bohemian style in both the residential and commercial market for a few seasons. So it doesn’t surprise me that a clay color would rise to the top. Because terra-cotta tones work well with the rich blacks and browns, natural wood tones, leather and sisal that dominate the international market place.

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Warm up your family room with Cavern Clay and white walls. Introduce denim blues, wood tones and Southwest inspired rugs to complete the décor.

It is a step above the popular neutrals of the past few decades. A great aspect of this color is how it refreshes the popular 70’s earth tones. Consider pairing it with denim blue or a fresh avocado green. For an extremely clean look combine Cavern Clay with white.

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Cavern Clay pairs well with tribal printed rugs, ottomans and pillows. Natural wood and leather keep the look warm.

Think about painting one wall or the lower 2/3s of a room. It’s warm earthly tone won’t overwhelm a space. When incorporating any color into your décor it is important to use it more than once. Don’t just paint the walls and think you’re done. You need to bring the wall color into that room’s furnishes via the rug, accent pillows, artwork and accessories.

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White kitchen cabinets area always in style. To punch up an all white kitchen, paint the walls in an earth tone color.

In a kitchen, white cabinets and countertops pop with freshness when the walls are painted a warm terra-cotta color. Natural and dark wood stains work well on bar stools and accessories. Hand-rubbed bronze, iron and gold metals continue the warmth from the walls throughout the kitchen space.

House plants are another 70’s craze that has caught on big time now. Clay and greenery have always looked great together. You can’t go wrong by incorporating large and small plants into your decor.

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All photos provided by Sherwin-Williams.