Color trends for 2023, according to industry experts

With the end of each year comes announcements about the color of the year. These well-researched spotlights from leading companies often pave the way for trends across industries, especially home decor, and set the tone for our everyday lives. We are already well into the 2023 cycle, with many companies naming their colors and experts weighing in. Dive into the big themes and colors expected to dominate in 2023. (And if you’re eager for more predictions, take a look at interior design trends for 2023 as well as kitchen and kitchen cabinetry trends for the new year!)

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Benjamin Moore announced its 2023 Color of the Year as Raspberry Blush, a fiery red-orange that’s basically the best color in a really good sunset. The vibrant color marks a move towards bold, warm hues. “We’ve had colors that are on the cool side of the color wheel for a number of years, and now we’re really starting to see a shift to the warmer colors,” says Andrea Magno, director of color marketing and development at Benjamin Moore.

Designer Sarah Stacey adds that red in particular is making a comeback. “Try pairing red accents, like dining room chairs or smaller accent pieces, with neutrals to bring more emphasis to the color,” says Stacey. This gorgeous red reading room designed by Kati Curtis has a lacquered finish which makes the color pop even more.

Warm neutrals embrace well-being and comfort. Not to mention, they can be incorporated into virtually any design style. That’s exactly why Behr named Blank Canvas its color of the year for 2023. “White is the key to individual style simply because it’s so easy to change up,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. “It’s really easy to bring in other colors, textures, patterns and materials to individualize this color.”

While you can cover a blank canvas with splashes of color, you can also lean into neutrals. We see a trend in 2023 towards warm, unobtrusive, neutral tones and materials that provide comfort and security,” says Max Gansow, co-founder of furniture brand Vetsak. “Raw, organic materials and tones like brown ocher, which we showcase in our collection of genuine bovine leather, offers a cozy yet modern grounding.” This living room designed by Chad Wood
proving that this color trend has staying power.


Softer shades of bold colors

Soft colors promote calm. “Understated tones make it easier to create monochrome looks that evoke a sense of cohesion and allow homeowners to choose which areas of the home to highlight by drawing the eye to where there’s color,” says Christine Marvin, marketing- and experience manager. at Marvin’s.

Light blue will always be a winner, but a more down-to-earth example of the above trend is Sherwin-Wiliams’ 2023 Color of the Year: Redend Point. The reddish-beige color “lends to the macro trends we’re seeing around empathy and a culture of caring,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. Here it is in a nip room design by Jean Liu.

Deeply saturated hues found in nature are on the rise and inspired by everything from tropical flowers to carbon. With this in mind, York Wallcoverings named Amber the Color of the Year for 2023. “An organic gemstone made from tree resin, Amber is often associated with absorbing negative energy and releasing light, calming energy,” says Carol Miller, trend and color expert for York Wallcoverings . “When Amber catches the light, it radiates a sense of renewal, energy and power.”

In a bedroom from French & French Interiors, plaster walls perfectly embody the warm yellow. The emerald green linen bedding and wooden bed frame complete the cozy look.

Jewel tones create an elegant mood that designers expect to be sought after. “I love mixing jewel tones with spicier colors, like burnt orange, for an unexpected color-blocked look,” says Stacey.

“Eggplant is a big color this year and I think it would be a beautiful alternative to red,” adds designer Killy Scheer. “Pair it with creams and greens for an unexpected but still traditional lean combination.”

Here, the MasterBrand cabinets are coated in Sherwin-Williams’ Foxhall Green, which adds vibrancy to the kitchen and makes the neutral accents stand out.

An important color requirement for 2023 is versatility. Neutrals often possess this quality, but they don’t have to be the neutrals we’re used to seeing. They may have red, yellow, purple or blue undertones. “A neutral does not necessarily have to be white, beige or grey; it can be one color or have colorful undertones, like pink,” says Wadden. “It’s all about how you use it in a room.” We love the purple and clay tones in this gray room designed by Lauren Nelson.

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