Unlock the Beauty of Nature with Cavern Clay, Sherwin Williams’ 2019 Color of the Year
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Unlock the Beauty of Nature with Cavern Clay, Sherwin Williams’ 2019 Color of the Year

Posted on December 19, 2018

5 Ways You Can Use Cavern Clay in Your Home

  • Cavern Clay announced as the leader of 2019 home interior color trends
  • This current paint trend is ideal for residences and businesses seeking a more bohemian or earthy design style
  • This multipurpose color creates a soulful, American Southwest desert aesthetic
  • Learn how to use Cavern Clay with other color pallets and design styles

If you have a home or office painting project planned in the coming months, then you’re probably doing a lot of research on 2019 color trends. In doing so you’re likely coming across the usual greige and soft neutrals that feel a bit “last season”. Well, allow us to introduce you to Cavern Clay, a warm, earthy color that interior designers and DIY painters are buzzing about.

Cavern Clay, a color quite capable of standing on its own, is getting even more attention now that Sherwin-Williams has selected it as its 2019 color of the year. Though there is a lot of conversation this year regarding new and interesting color schemes Cavern Clay is making quite a splash in the paint world and we agree that this color is worth talking about!

So What Makes a Shade “Color of the Year” Worthy?

This versatile and unexpected shade is a nod to mid-century modern style. It’s subtle but classy and when partnered with materials like leather or woodgrain it creates a carefree yet sophisticated aesthetic. Its versatility, however, is not limited to inside the home–it’s also quite suitable for your home’s exterior as well.

Don’t let the talk of the color “brown” deter you. Cavern Clay is a warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots. It has a primitive, earthy essence that when used in conjunction with other casual, balanced neutrals can create a space that is warm, inviting and a bit unexpected, making it a popular color to use and an obvious choice for Sherwin Williams Color of the Year.

Let’s take a look and see where this color really pops.

Use Cavern Clay in Your Kitchen and Dining Room

If the kitchen is the heart of the home then Cavern Clay is the color that makes that heart beat loud. With bright tile and brushed gold hardware Cavern Clay is the perfect color addition to a welcoming kitchen suited for just about any meal.

Entertaining in a dining room whose walls are adorned with this spice-colored shade will surely have your guests talking. Picture dining chairs in a soft beige fabric placed around a distressed red oak dining table. Add in some lush greenery for a look that speaks of style and comfort.

Master and Guest Bedrooms

Nothing sets the tone for comfort and serenity quite like the paint color Cavern Clay. To pull inspiration from the popular ‘70’s earth tone combinations and updating the style to feel current and fresh, try incorporating colors like Sherwin Williams Distance, a dusty denim blue or Haven, a muted avocado, for a master bedroom that is surprisingly fresh.

Have fun experimenting with your guest bedroom by incorporating Cavern Clay into the overall color palette. Think about painting a dresser in the saturated hue and keeping the rest of the decor more neutral for an accent piece that really makes a statement. Taking a color risk like this will surely have your guests talking!

Basements and Dens

Bring in the warmth of the outdoors with this desert-like color of the moment. If you want to incorporate Sherwin Williams’ color of the year into your home but aren’t ready to commit to painting an entire room in this bohemian-inspired shade, consider painting an accent wall in your basement or den to give the space just the right amount of pop. A basement, which can typically feel a bit dreary or dark, will quickly come alive with Cavern Clay as the focal color of the room.

A den with a brown tufted leather recliner and various southwestern style accent pieces throughout is the perfect complement to Cavern Clay. Paint one wall or all of them in a color that embodies renewal, simplicity and a free-spirit and allow yourself to sit back and relax in a room that is perfect for a cozy night in.


An office at times can feel very stuffy, cold and uninspiring. Most people want their workspace to feel a little more like home, in an effort to help creativity flow. Cavern Clay is just the right paint color to help your office become a more inviting space.

“Cavern Clay lays out a color that will work well with other elemental colors like Agate Green (Sherwin-Williams), White Diamond (Benjamin Moore) and Cement Gray (Benjamin Moore). It’ll give you an analogous palette that will showcase rich, harmonious styles together,” says Paul Limburg, owner of CertaPro Painters® of Salt Lake City, UT.

Front Doors & Shutters

Sure, Cavern Clay is the perfect color addition to any room in your home but if you really want to make a statement and have your neighbors reconsidering their exterior paint choices bring this color outside and take a color risk that will be well worth it. [a][b]

Because most home exteriors fall under a more neutral palette Cavern Clay is the perfect color to add just the right amount of pop. Use it on your front door for a first impression that will surely last or paint your shutters in the canyon color inspired shade for a home update that will feel fresh and unique.

There are limitless ways to use this warm shade in your home. It works in the most surprising areas and never disappoints. Cavern Clay has a bohemian vibe that can make any space feel relaxed. Try it for accent walls or go even bolder and use it on the exterior of your home for curb appeal that is unlike any other home on the block. Shutters painted in Cavern Clay against Sherwin Williams Origami White exterior? Yes, please!

A consultation with a color expert can help you navigate your way through these options and can help inspire new and fresh ideas.

Contact CertaPro Painters® Today

Want to know how you can incorporate Cavern Clay into your life and be ahead of the curve in 2019? Just contact one of our skilled Color Consultants at CertaPro Painters® and let us help you to welcome this fun color into your home or office. You can contact us now for a free color consultation.

Check out the CertaPro Painters® website to explore the services today.

Images: Copyright, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, Ohio.