Leading international coating company Behr Paint has unveiled its 2019 Colour of the Year, a mid-tone blue described as warmer than denim and softer than navy. The colour is named Blueprint and it serves as a foundational hue to a palette of 15 supporting colours forecasted to influence design in 2019. Amongst the complementary colours are a soft selection of pastels in shades of browns and lilacs, dark moss green, plum and warm greys.

This universally appealing hue provides a steady stream of positivity and is poised to be an instant classic for years to come,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative services at Behr.

In fact, a somewhat similar tone of teal has also been nominated as colour of the year by Akzonobel Dulux in 2014. Teal combines the natural harmony of green with the seemingly calming effect of blue to create a rich yet balanced hue. This transitory tone works really well when paired with other shades of blue or green, as well as both warm and cool neutrals. For example, a dash of electric blue or a majestic touch of emerald green makes stylish additions to a teal base palette. It comes as no surprise that this beautiful colour is making a comeback for a fresh 2019.

Blue-green can also be a tricky colour to use, especially on a larger scale. When used well, this rich tone can be extremely fun and fabulous — elevating your space from ordinary to the talk of the town. Here are ways to explore blue-green, teal and turquoise in your home.