The Feel-Good Colors We Can't Get Enough of Right Now

Food52's color palette for 2019 is all about rich tones inspired by the great outdoors. Here's how you can use them to work magic in any room.
Photo by Rocky Luten

Our trusty team of buyers put their heads together to dream up our signature palette, a rainbow of warm hues we want to see in every room of our homes this year—from the marigold-colored saucepan we use to make oatmeal every morning to the camel throw blanket so soft, we hide it from everyone else in the family (shh!). Learn more about what inspired our color palette, and shop picks in every shade.

As we concepted our color sensibility for 2019, we were immediately drawn to the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. His serene and simple designs in saturated yellow, camel, sky blue, and rose not only inspired the palette, but also got us thinking about how to actually use these colors IRL. Personally, I love the idea of pairing these shades with earthy elements like aged wood and natural textures for an organic wabi-sabi look.
Aja Aktay

Aja Aktay

Associate Buyer for Home and Vintage


Let's Meet The Lineup

Without further ado! Think: desert flowers, bluer-than-blue skies, and so many vibrant shades in between. Here's how they look all together (consider it your mood board). Then, keep on going—we'll break down each shade and show you a few ways we've brought it to life in our Shop.


Marigold

This is a sunny, golden tone that adds warmth and personality to a home. Plus, it's hard not to smile when you catch a glimpse of it.
Peter Themistocles

Peter Themistocles

Buyer for Kitchen and Pantry

Limited Edition Dansk Kobenstyle Pastels, $60–$80

Limited Edition Dansk Kobenstyle Pastels, $60–$80

Once found only in flea markets, these vintage revival pieces are true Danish treasures. With a triple-enamel coating, they can evenly cook, simmer, and melt, then sashay straight to the table (psst: that brilliant lid doubles as a trivet). They’re easy to clean, safe for induction use, and can even go in the freezer.

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Lovely Taper Candles

Lovely Taper Candles
$42$72

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Stonewashed Linen Pillow, $120

Stonewashed Linen Pillow, $120

While each of these Belgian linen pillows, woven in Portugal, is brand-new, their muted shades imply that they’ve spent many a day under the heat of different sunny climes, and have just now settled down on your couch or bed for a long-anticipated rest.

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Vintage French Confit Pot

These good-looking clay vessels were once used in France to store cooked meats. (The French word “confit” means “to preserve.”) The unglazed underside helped keep everything cool pre-refrigerator. Now, these marigold-colored pots are purely decorative genius. Tuck them in a corner, or fill with branches or pinecones for a little rustic-meets-French charm.

Vintage French Confit Pot
$345

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Handwoven Panalito Placemats (Set of 2), $60

Handwoven Panalito Placemats (Set of 2), $60

These sunshiny mats are handwoven with care by a family-run cooperative in Guatemala—just give 'em a flip for double the color options. From breakfast to dinner, it’s a sure bet these organic textures will be an all-occasions backdrop.

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Camel

This color is especially great if you want to add warm texture in any corner or small space—it pairs really well with tans, ivories, and other similar tones.
Aja Aktay

Aja Aktay

Associate Buyer for Home and Vintage

Lightweight Alpaca Wool Throw

Lightweight Alpaca Wool Throw

A perfect balance of lightweight and warm, this neutral-toned 100% alpaca throw is so soft you’ll want to wear it like a cape all day (and we won’t stop you). A weaving co-op in La Paz, Bolivia makes each and every one with the highest standards for ethical manufacturing.

Lightweight Alpaca Wool Throw
$245

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Five Two Wooden Spoons

Five Two Wooden Spoons

We asked thousands of you: What do you love about your favorite wooden spoon? You told us about how it does everything, lasts for generations, and has a place in your most treasured kitchen memories. We listened, learned…then, with our signature design expertise, we elevated your go-to tool in solid teak.

Five Two Wooden Spoons
$25$99

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French Net Market Bag

Knit French Market Tote

You might recognize the iconic weave of this market bag (hint: it involves fish). Back in the 1800s, the locals in Normandy had a ta-da moment—their fishing nets could do far more than haul in cod. Made from 100% cotton, these sturdy catch-alls are still made in France, in a variety of shades. They're just right for toting books, fruit, or flowers.

French Net Market Bag
$48$74

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End Grain Cutting Board

End Grain Cutting Board

While you're making room for all of your prep work, Proteak (the creator of this beaut of a cutting board) is making room for indigenous South American animals and plants by growing sustainable teak forests. Proteak's plantations are FSC certified and devoted to environmental responsibility: Each of their cutting boards is made from the wood that's left over when furniture is manufactured.

End Grain Cutting Board
$60$115

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French Ceramic Butter Keeper

French Ceramic Butter Keeper

Here's an earthen, French-country way to keep your butter soft and spreadable, originating in the late 1800s: Add water to the base of this keeper so that, coupled with anywhere from 1/2 a stick to a 3/4 a stick of butter, it creates an airtight seal.

French Ceramic Butter Keeper
$50

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Dusty Rose

We reimagined pale pink in a vintage-inspired blush light. Pair it with natural ivory and shades of camel for a fresh, unexpected vibe.
Aja Aktay

Aja Aktay

Associate Buyer for Home and Vintage


Saturated Sky

This family of blue, inspired by architect Luis Barragán's playful use of sky and landscape in his design, offers a rich contrast to neutral tones.
Casey Simring

Casey Simring

Associate Buyer for Table and Bar

Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls

These blue beauties adapt to how we live and eat on those nights when we don't have time to set a full dinner table. Use them to store food in the fridge or freezer. Come dinnertime, heat your fixings in the microwave (sans lids), and serve directly out of the bowls. Nest or stack them for compact storage. The 100% airtight and leak-proof design makes them handy for not-sad desk lunch, too.

Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls
$62$72

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French Vintage-Inspired Expandable Trivet

Produced in Theirs, France by a company that’s been turning out steel designs since 1924, this collapsible trivet ticks all the boxes. It'll slip underneath scalding pots to keep tabletops good-as-new, help cookies cool a little faster, expand to accommodate a big casserole dish, and then squeeze tight again when it’s time to pack up. As for that striking blue hue? Stuff of our dreams.

French Vintage-Inspired Expandable Trivet
$38$58

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Stelton Ceramic Storage Jug

Stelton Ceramic Storage Jug
$40

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Italian Flatware, Fantasia Color Flatware Set

Liven up the table with this Italian-made, resin-handled flatware set in sky, lapis, periwinkle, sage, or cobalt. The colorful (and comfy) handles, set in sturdy stainless steel, are a funky break from all-silver and all-brass everything. They're made from a high-resistance resin that's akin to wood in sturdiness—but with the added benefit of being dishwasher safe.

Italian Flatware, Fantasia Color Flatware Set
$62$930

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Cactus

This color works so well as an accent—the cool tone is great for kitchen, living room, or bathroom spaces.
Louise de Verteuil

Louise de Verteuil

Assistant Buyer for Kitchen and Pantry

Food52 x GreenPan Nonstick Skillet

Food52 x GreenPan Nonstick Skillet

In the words of our co-founder Amanda Hesser, "Many nonstick pans are appealingly affordable but not at all visually appealing. With GreenPan, we set out to create a pan that would be a real looker—chic, even!—yet still have the great functionality that would make this your everyday workhorse." These pans slide out omelettes, crepes, and fish filets with ease, and their colorful exterior cuts quite a pretty profile, if we do say so ourselves.

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Danish Modernist Vessels, $60–$125

Danish Modernist Vessels, $60–$125

What happens when Danish still life art and ceramics get together? These ultra modern, boldly colorful vessels. Handmade in Portugal using a slip-cast technique and designed by Nicholai Wiig Hansen, the Strøm Collection comes in all sorts of swoon-worthy shapes.

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Maptone Placemats ( Set of 4), $80

Maptone Placemats ( Set of 4), $80

These placemats are inspired by one Sandy Chilewich herself created. They're modeled after her original (made from scraps of fabric) and transformed into modular colored shapes floating in space. That may sound abstract, but do yourself a solid and see how these bring a little life to your table.

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Handmade Wool Dryer Balls (Set of 6), $38

Handmade Wool Dryer Balls (Set of 6), $38

These dryer balls are more than just an eco-friendly replacement for dryer sheets. Throw them in with each load in your dryer, and they'll make your clothes fluffier, reduce static, and keep fabric soft. The wool is unscented, so no need to worry about perfumes or chemicals.

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