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5 paint color trends to say goodbye to in 2023


Experts share which color trends are disappearing and what they predict will replace them this year.

The verdict is in: paint color experts have revealed which color trends we can expect to see less of this year, and which hues will take their place as 2023 progresses. The latest color trends predict that muted, gray and pastel tones will disappear in favor of brighter shades. As the year progresses, expect to see the emergence of vibrant, saturated hues, fused with a range of warm neutrals and earthy tones to strike a grounded and inviting balance.

Of course, this does not mean that any of these colors disappear completely. “With various owner styles, we don’t anticipate that some colors will go completely out of style,” says Sue Kim, director of color marketing at Valspar. “Rather, colors become timeless shades, less at the forefront of our trend conversations, but remaining in the background to be our perfect backdrop.”

This year is all about embracing your personality and living life to the fullest. When planning simple refreshes or complete home renovations, let these color trends inspire your spaces.

No more grays and make way for color


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As people express themselves more, they tend to add color to their homes, says Tash Bradley, director of interior design and color specialist at Lick. This means that customers are looking for subtle colors rather than gray when they want a neutral. “Now if it’s a neutral, it’s a taupe, beige, pink, or warm white,” she says. “Color trends are moving towards warmer tones rather than cool greys. »

People are also ditching muted colors with a shade of gray in favor of more vibrant variants. “We see our popular 02 sage green being challenged by 05 Rome House green, an olive green with energizing golden undertones. “These velvety, stronger shades that have a lot more personality are coming in 2023,” she says.

Paint color: Green House 05 Rome by Lick

Forget the highlights: embrace the dark side

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“Agreeable Grey, our popular balancing gray hue, has gone down a few notches as a homeowner favorite hue,” says Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “I think this marks the transition from the gray that so many designers have been talking about and into a different space with dark tones like brown and deep blue gaining traction in 2023.”

“Darker shades like Homburg Gray SW 7622 and Carnelian SW 7580 entice homeowners to try something bolder in their home,” she says. “The vibe these richer tones give off is warmer and richer. They add depth and mystery to a room and create a sense of ‘home as a sanctuary’.”

Paint color: Carnelian SW 7580 by Sherwin-Williams


Say goodbye to pastels and hello to saturated midtones

“Our craving for soft pastels that arose during the pandemic and took hold in our design consciousness is fading,” says Patrick O’Donnell, color consultant and international brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball. “Colder soft blues, such as Skylight, will succumb to slightly bolder stablemates, like Selvedge – something not too dark but with enough depth to add character will reign supreme.”

Hannah Yeo, marketing and color development manager at Benjamin Moore, agrees. “For 2023 and beyond, colors become more confident as we push our comfort zone and celebrate the vibrancy of color. It’s no longer about what you should or shouldn’t do because of size of the room or the direction it’s facing; colors are about creatively expressing your identity,” she says. “After years of social distancing, dinner parties and small gatherings are on the rise, and bold, confident hues create a moody backdrop for entertaining spaces.”

Paint color: Selvedge by Farrow & Ball


Replace gray with greige

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“We’re seeing a shift towards warmer hues, and grays are no exception,” Yeo says. “While still popular with many, neutral grays such as Smoke Embers 1466 have seen slower sales in recent years. Warmer neutrals – think greiges and beiges such as Pashmina AF-100 or Coastal Fog 976 – grow instead cooler hues.”

Kim agrees: “Cool blue grays have hit their peak and allowed other complex warm grays, and those with a purple undertone, to give more on-trend options at home,” she says. Warm, grounded and versatile hues, like Southern Road (1006-9C) and Villa Gray (6005-1B) “provide a soothing environment with a touch of nature inside the home” will continue to be popular in 2023, she predicted.

Paint color: Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog 976

Change from green to teal

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“Because green took off last year, people want something a little different and more unique, which is why this year rich teal is going to make a comeback,” Bradley said. “I see more and more people wanting that combination of blue and green. What’s nice about teal is that in natural light in the morning it looks much greener, then in the evening under artificial light and with warm lamps it becomes really dark and moody and atmospheric and blue.And I think people love that change of environment.

If you want to go to the dark side, she recommends going for a deep turquoise over black, like Lick’s Teal 03. “It has a much more velvety tone, and while Teal 03 is too dark, Teal 01 is stunning and timeless,” she adds.

Paint color: Teal 03 by Lick