Could One of These Colors Be 2019’s Answer to Millennial Pink?

published Nov 14, 2018
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Don’t get mad, but we’re kind of over millennial pink.

Make no mistake, we were all about the hue when it first burst onto the design scene a few years ago. Part bubblegum pink, part salmon, it was once the coolest way to embrace your feminine side. But now? It feels, well, overplayed.

While there are still some ways to make millennial pink look and feel cool again (hint: try pairing it with red!), we’re itching for a new “it” color. Turns out, we’re not the only ones. A bunch of design experts are ready to say goodbye to the trendy hue—and have some thoughts on what its replacement could be come 2019.

From greens, to a different take on pink, to three (yes, three!) types of yellows, here are eight colors that have what it takes to become the next “it” hue.

Muted Green

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“I don’t see millennial pink leaving entirely, so it makes sense that the new ‘it’ color is complementary to the dusty pinks that have become so mainstream. My pick is eucalyptus green! This beautiful, knocked-back green has gray undertones and can be easily considered a new neutral because it pairs nicely with all other colors. We also see an emergence of this color in fashion as traditional olive green fabrics mature into softer and more muted green hues.” —Lisa Rickert, CEO and creative director of Jolie Home.

“I think we’ll see color tones veer towards more moody, dramatic, yet sophisticated colors, such as smokey greens, taking center stage. This color actually pairs really well with millennial pink, but stands on its own as a bold statement, perhaps suggesting millennials are ready to trade in their whimsical demeanor for more serious sentiments.” —Alessandra Wood, interior designer expert and director of style at Modsy.


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“Coral has been an MWM favorite for forever, but we’re finally seeing fabric houses in shelter and fashion include it in their palettes more.” —Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum, co-founders of Massucco Warner Miller

Gen Z Yellow

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“Yellow is widely known to evoke happiness. In almost every shade, it tends to remind us of something positive. It is the color of the sun. The color of mustard at a summer BBQ. It stands for freshness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, and enlightenment. Yellow is the most luminous color on the wheel, so it often grabs our attention more quickly than others. Gen Z yellow seems to be the happy medium. It appears to be pulled straight from the classic yellow smiley faces of ’90s fashion, bringing us full circle with the current fashion trends.” Michala Monroe, interior designer

“I would love to see one of my favorite color, lime green, but I think the next color hue will be ‘Gen Z Yellow.’ Everyone’s embracing this color!” Vanessa Deleon, interior designer


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“I love using black accents in my projects whether it be in art, cabinetry, or accessories. I have been using a deep blue/black recently in fabrics and paint that accomplishes this feeling. I’m using Farrow and Ball’s ‘Railings‘ for the cabinetry in one of my current projects. It really sets a moody tone for the kitchen and also works well with brass or dark bronze fixtures.” Margaret Naeve, interior designer

Canary Yellow

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“I believe that yellow is the new millennial pink. It’s bright, happy, and uplifting, while also being gender neutral. There is an optimistic energy about yellow which gives the color a special meaning. Canary yellow references the Hollywood regency era but also the 1980s Art Deco revival era, which is exactly what millennial pink did.” Sasha Bikoff, interior designer

Poppy Red

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“Hopeful that this year poppy will ascend the throne of the color wheel. An accent of poppy elevates the style of any space; from a dark, moody library to an eclectic living room. I am all in for a poppy takeover!” —Bailey Austin, co-founder of Austin Bean Design Studio

Mustard Yellow

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“I have been seeing a lot of mustard and goldenrod and think it is trending towards replacing the beloved millennial pink. It’s fresh, gender neutral, and makes a bold statement. Not to mention, it works in both modern and traditional spaces!” Brook Perdigon, textile designer

“Grown-Up” Pink”

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“The newest millennial pink actually isn’t a drastic departure from the famed pink we all know and love. If you take millennial pink, dial back the magenta and brightness, add a little bit of dirt, you’re left with a soft, earthy, clay-like neutral. It’s a sophisticated, subtler, more natural version of pink that is just as stunning and can be used pretty much anywhere. Our color, ‘Angel’s Landing,’ is a great example. We often like to use it in our Lime Wash or Roman Clay finishes to create a bit of movement and texture, which only adds to the natural beauty of the color. Millennial pink is all grown up, and we’re not mad one bit!” —Jamie Davis, co-founder of Portola Paints & Glazes