Dunn-Edwards Paints Names ‘Spice of Life’ Color of the Year for 2019

Dunn-Edwards Paints Names 'Spice of Life' Color of the Year for 2019

Rich, Full-Bodied Hue Reflects Exotic Tastes in Design and Life and a Return to Nature

Press Release

updated: Oct 1, 2018

Dunn-Edwards has announced its 2019 Color of the Year – Spice of Life – a dark, browned, fire brick red with orange undertones. “Spice of Life is an outgoing, confident hue that adds drama and stimulates the senses,” explained Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards. “It’s a celebration of what makes life interesting and exciting. Spice of Life makes a bold statement with a melding of diverse and global cultural influences.”

McLean selected Spice of Life after extensive research on color trends in everything from art, hospitality, and fashion to global events and local street culture. “In these always-connected times, we start to crave real, genuine connections with the earth and with each other,” said McLean. “These feelings are reflected in a movement away from cooler hues towards more earth-inspired color reminiscent of Naturalist motifs, Bohemian moods, the great American West and an anticipation of exploring the red planet, Mars. These organic, autumnal and life-affirming hues, such as Spice of Life, are strong, authentic and full of humanity.”

This global, exotic color is represented in Sojourn, one of the Dunn-Edwards 2019 color and design trend stories. It’s a palette that celebrates layers of cultures and eras that blend harmoniously, combining modesty and the grandiose. 

Spice of Life is inspired by nostalgic journeys back in time. The name comes from William Cowper’s poem “The Task” (1785) which includes the well-known verse, “Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” The renewal of folklore aesthetics and the revival of interest in the American naturalist painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper, are also influences.

Spice of Life is a strong and vibrant punch of color, adds depth and intensity to color palettes, and displays an elegance to design, working well with both cool and warm tones. With nature as a color guide, McLean recommends pairing Spice of Life with a range of other autumnal hues such as clay, sunny yellow and deep moss green. Try Sorrel Felt DET624 or Peppered Moss DEA169.

For modern or contemporary interiors, McLean suggests pairing Spice of Life with a crisp white, cool gray and black. For traditional interiors, she advises trying Spice of Life with khaki, cream and deep blue. Pair Kiln Dried DET692 or Blue Suede Shoe DEA190 with Spice of Life.

For more color palette ideas and inspiration visit our design blog and see the video.

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Media contact:

Rich Rodriguez


Dunn-Edwards® is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors of premium architectural, industrial and high-performance paints and paint supplies. It operates more than 136 company stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, and 90+ authorized dealers throughout the West. Dunn-Edwards is dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment, and produces its coatings in a LEED® Gold-certified manufacturing plant. Based in Southern California, the 93-year-old company has approximately 1,700 employees. Dunn-Edwards is a wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest paint companies. For more information, visit www.dunnedwards.com.

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