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Since early June, paint manufacturers have been naming their colors of the year. Some paint brands made predictions based on "society's longing for the restorative power of nature" while others have predicted an increased popularity of earthy tones. Consumer Reports spoke with seven paint brands to get predictions on which interior color they believe will be hottest in 2019.

Benjamin Moore: Metropolitan AF-690
This neutral creates a soothing and contemplative state of mind, Andrea Magno, color and design expert at Benjamin Moore, says. Traditionally, a flat finish is used on the ceiling, eggshell on the walls, and semi-gloss on trim, says Magno, but high-gloss matte finished can be used almost anywhere for a more stylized look.

Clark+Kensington: Stainless Steel 37B-4
A fresh color, similar to periwinkle, that can brighten a space. "It can be paired with neutral oranges or charcoals that bring a sense of creativity to a room," says Shannon Olear, paint marketing manager at Ace Hardware.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams: Reflecting Pool HGSW2324
Soft and calming when combined with natural hues, but energizing and fun when used with vivid and bold colors, says Ashley Banbury, senior designer for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. It speaks to balance, but with a bit of flair that embraces optimism and a sense of humor, Banbury says.

Behr: Blueprint S470-5
"Warmer than denim, but softer than navy," according to Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. People naturally gravitate toward blue, and this shade is midrange and commands attention but isn't overwhelming, she explains.

PPG Diamond: Night Watch PPG1145-7
"A classic shade of green. It resembles the deep green hue found in forests," says Dee Schlotter, PPG's senior color marketing manager. It reflects out graving for a connection with nature, Schlotter says.

Valspar: Orange Slice 2002-1B
A zesty orange, according to the manufacturer. Experimenting with this color is easy, explains Sue Kim.

Sherwin-Willams: Cavern Clay SW7701
A warm terra-cotta that brings the outdoors in - think canyons and deserts. "It represents the growing popularity of the desert-modern style, which is where mid-century modern meets the American Southwest," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

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