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How to Pair Art With ‘Metropolitan,’ Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Paint Color of the Year

We’re loving Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Paint Color of the Year, “Metropolitan.” Defined as “a stylish gray with cool undertones, Metropolitan reflects the modern sophistication of the 21st century” — and we’re here to show you how to bring some of that stylish sophistication onto your walls! With a few coats of paint and the perfect artwork, you can update your room in no time.

Going Gray

Lady Mistletoe & Rivers & Streams & Carmen
Piia Pievilainen & Mishel Schwartz & Yuri Pysar

Nothing says “modern sophistication” more than a cool neutral wall with monochromatic art to match. The best part about creating a neutral wall is that it allows you more creative freedom over the rest of the room. We made sure to curate pieces that have a few pops of color, with red lips and wisps of pink in Piia Pievilainen’s Lady Mistletoe, various shades of blue seen in Mishel Schwartz’s River & Streams, and a touch of gold in Yuri Pysar’s Carmen — allowing for plenty of opportunity to color-coordinate with furniture and accent pieces.

Stephanie Law

If you’re looking to keep things simple, choosing one large piece to place over your sofa or dining table is the way to go. You can still have that monochromatic feel with art that has accent colors to bring more life to your space. As you can see, with Stephanie Law’s Descants, the background blends seamlessly into our Metropolitan wall allowing the blue flowers and red and gold undertones to come through.

Let’s Get Loud

With maximalist decor and bright colors like Pantone’s Living Coral taking 2019 by storm, Metropolitan provides the perfect neutral backdrop to let these vibrant trends take center stage. Kate Tova’s Floral Explosion and Floral Glitch II are the perfect standout pieces for this room.

Tuscan Sunset II, Dangers in the Forest VI, & Tuscan Sunset I
Rob Delamater & Burcu Korkmazyurek

If you’re looking for a more toned down version of maximalism, try one statement piece, like Burcu Korkmazyurek’s Dangers In The Forest VI, paired with subtler accent pieces, seen above with Rob Delamater’s Tuscan Sunset II and Tuscan Sunset I.

However you decide to update your space with 2019 trends, we want to see. Share your rooms by tagging @icanvas_art or with the hashtag #icanvas. Happy decorating

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