EXCLUSIVE: Behr unveils the Color of the Year for 2019 -- and it's absolutely gorgeous

Any "Fixer Upper" fan knows that paint is a cheap and simple way to up your home's value or completely renovate the feeling of a room. But if you're looking for another reason to get out those paint cans, Behr's latest unveiling might be that exact push you need.

The paint company has just unveiled its Color of the Year for 2019 -- and let us say, it's absolutely gorgeous. 

Meet Blueprint, a blue that can be described as "warmer then denim, softer than navy." Photo courtesy of Behr

"Blueprint is a color that lays a terrific foundation for reimagination and transformation to take place within a space, and creates a confident, assured feeling," explained Behr's lead color expert Erika Woelfel to AOL Lifestyle. "It speaks to our desire to be the best versions of ourselves—authentic, positive and true—both at home and out in the world."

Last year's Color of the Year featured "In the Moment," a soothing, restorative blue-green hue. And like last year's shade, Behr seeks to inspire a sense of "bliss" with Blueprint. 

"Blueprint has universal appeal—it can work within many tastes and room styles. For me, it means infusing positive energy and creating a sense of bliss and security at home," Woelfel said. Whether it's a patio door or bathroom vanity asking for a color makeover, Woelfel affirms that the Blueprint will remain a classic choice for years to come. 

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"Of course, there were many other colors we considered, but we wanted to choose something classic and refined," she said. "The reality is people aren’t redoing every room of their home every year. We wanted to pick a color that would work for any home project, from larger room renovations to a painted bench or front door."

"It's a classic, true blue that will stand the test of time from a décor perspective," Woelfel concluded. 

To celebrate the unveiling of Blueprint S470-5, Behr is giving a select number of DIYers a free gallon. Renovation hopefuls can enter here or exclusively at The Home Depot

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Affordable renovations that can skyrocket your home's value

Do the Right Work Yourself

Home improvement labor isn't cheap, so you can save a bundle doing some of the work yourself — tackling a two-hour painting job, for example, can save you a couple hundred dollars. But stick with jobs you won't botch. "Homeowners can save money by doing the demo themselves and leaving the large projects to the contractors," said Mary Riebert, a realtor based in Snow Hill, Md.

For those wishing to give DIY a try, find out which renovations you can tackle to increase your home's value

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Buy Salvage Materials

Habitat for Humanity provides safe and affordable housing through a network of volunteers and with full participation from the homeowner. The organization sells leftover and donated supplies and materials at its ReStore salvage stores, where you can get below-retail pricing on appliances, building materials and used furnishings. Auctions are another source of good resale materials.

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Choose a Steel Entry Door Over a Wood One

Replacing your old front entry door with a new steel door costs much less than replacing it with wood, and it returns 91.3 percent of your investment, according to Remodeling's 2018 Cost vs. Value report. A high-end steel door with sidelights can cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but a high-end wood version can cost over $4,000.

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Opt for Vinyl Windows Over Wood

Unless you're going for historical accuracy in an older home, consider vinyl windows over wood to save money and maintenance, and earn an almost 5 percent larger return on your investment. On average, vinyl windows cost $130 to $500 each, compared to $150 to $800 each for wood, according to Fixr. Insulated vinyl frames might be more expensive than non-insulated ones, but they'll make your vinyl windows at least as energy efficient as wood to help you save on heating and cooling costs

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Use Bamboo Flooring Instead of Hardwood

There's no substitute for a wood floor, but prices for the various options vary quite a bit. At $2 to $4 per square foot, material costs for bamboo can save you up to $4 per square foot compared to the cost of maple or red oak, and up to $7 per square foot over the cost of Brazilian walnut, according to HomeAdvisor. You can also save on labor costs because, unlike hardwood flooring, bamboo typically comes prefinished.

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Choose Ceramic Tile Over Stone

Unlike artificial wood flooring, which lacks the warmth and texture of the real thing, ceramic tile can be a dead ringer for stone tile, but at a fraction of the cost. High-quality ceramic can cost up to $5.50 per square foot, but can be as low as less than $1 per square foot compared to natural stone flooring costing up to $10 per square foot, according to Home Flooring Pros. Ceramic is often less expensive to install, too.

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Use Stock or Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets are one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen remodeling project, so you'll want to consider saving on this upgrade by choosing good-quality stock or semi-custom cabinets over fully customized or refinished cabinetry. Stock cabinetry costs $80 to $400 each compared to $150 to $1000 for semi-custom, $500 to $1500 for custom and $1,400 and up for refinished, according to HomeAdvisor.

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Purchase Cabinets Directly From the Manufacturer

Homeowners who are able to install their own cabinets can save big by bypassing retail stores. "I save one-third on kitchen cabinets by purchasing them directly from the manufacturer," Riebert said.

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Pick Solid Surface Counters Over Granite or Marble

A midrange major kitchen renovation earns you a slightly better return on your investment than an upscale one does, at about half the cost, according to Remodeling's 2018 Cost vs. Value report. A midrange overhaul includes laminate countertops, which cost an average of $52.50 per linear foot compared to $148 per linear foot for granite and $154 for marble, according to HomeAdvisor. 

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Retain Bathroom Plumbing Configurations

Replace fixtures, cabinetry and flooring when you redo your bathroom, but avoid changing the room's layout. At an average hourly rate of $45 to $150, requiring your plumber to tear up flooring to reroute pipes can triple your plumbing costs, reports HomeAdvisor.

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Use Shower Curtains Instead of Shower Doors

Shower curtains come in a nearly endless choice of styles, patterns and colors, and when paired with a liner, are a cinch to maintain. You can get a high-quality designer one from a pricey department store for under $150, whereas midrange frameless tub shower doors easily cost over $600. 

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Buy Landscaping Materials in Bulk

Even if you're breaking your landscaping projects up into stages, thinking and shopping ahead can save you money because you can buy your materials in bulk. Buying mulch in bulk is far less expensive than buying it by the bag, and the quality is often better. "One yard of bagged mulch is about $54. A yard of good-quality bulk mulch [purchased] from its source is $23," said Jen Uhlig, owner of Sharpest Tool Landscaping in Berlin, Md. And considering regular landscaping costs add on to the maintenance of your house, you'll be happy to save where you can. 

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Use Your Renovation to Get a Cheaper Mortgage Loan

Homeowners paying mortgage insurance because of low equity can boost the value of their home remodeling projects by taking out a rehab loan and then using that money to pay their mortgage insurance. "Once the updates are complete, you will have more equity and can refinance with no mortgage insurance," said Riebert.

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Consider All the Ways to Save

Reducing renovation costs isn't the only way to save money on your projects. Projects that increase your home's value also increase your equity and can return more than you spend on them in some cases, so don't be opposed to all renovations even if they cost a little more. It might just be worth it.

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