As much as we may not be ready to accept that we are approaching the end of this year and the beginning of next year, the design world is always thinking about what lies ahead. The wave of trend predictions is in full swing with major paint brands like Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, Behr and more releasing their highly anticipated picks for the 2023 Color of the Year. While it may seem like these forward-looking predictions encourage us to fast-forward through the remainder of 2022, there is a common theme in many of these selections that actually invites us to do the opposite. Warm neutrals and earth tones can inspire us to slow down in our home and look for more comfort and tranquility in our daily lives. On the other end of the spectrum, bold, sunny tones and bright colors beg us to incorporate more fun into our routines. Whether you’re looking for a new painting project or not, let these Color of the Year 2023 picks inspire you to think about how the colors in your home make you feel.
Benjamin Moore: Raspberry Blush
Last year, Benjamin Moore chose a soft, sage green as the color of the year for 2022, matching the huge trend of “new neutrals.” This year, however, Benjamin Moore took a bold step outside the paint color comfort zone with the choice of 2023, Raspberry Blush. The color is a vibrant red-orange hue that can add a burst of energy to the walls of a living room or dining room – basically anywhere you need a wall color to start a conversation.
Background: color of the year
This paint selection is an ironic answer to annual trend predictions. Instead of selecting a pre-existing paint from the Backdrop lineup and designating it as the it-girl paint for the coming year, the brand released a new color and dubbed it “Color of the Year.” The brand even went so far as to award itself the annual trend winner through the National Color Commission (not really). Jokes aside, the sunny yellow-orange hue, created in collaboration with New York-based design retailer Coming Soon, is worth mentioning. It’s vibrant, playful and a great choice for anyone looking to break tradition with their design choices.
Glidden: Ivy ivy
Glidden chose this “bluish-greenish-something-in-between” hue for his Color of the Year pick. Vining Ivy is a nature-inspired shade with heightened vibrancy, designed to be energizing yet grounding, and its impact on a space depends entirely on how you style it. Opt for more neutrals and natural textures and the color becomes a serene backdrop, like a calming body of water. Or play up the richness of the color with luxurious elements, such as gold accents and other jewel tones.
Sherwin Williams: Redend Point
This blush beige shade was inspired by the ongoing trend towards warmer neutrals, aka the shift from bright white to soft white, and so on. The subtlety of Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Year 2023, called Redend Point, allows for great versatility in use. For example, you can enhance the rose-pink hue of the color by combining it with other peachy pinks and romantic elements. Or, if you’re looking for a more understated approach, try neutralizing the shade with earthy tones, such as soft browns, and natural materials.
Valspar: Everglade Deck
Valspar chose not to pick favorites when releasing the 2023 Colors of the Year collection. Instead, the brand chose 12 unique shades, each selected using color psychology to connect the hue to a specific emotional state or quality, all within the framework of restoration and rejuvenation. Everglade Deck, as pictured above, is just one of these hand-picked colors of the year, but we thought it was worth showing off this strikingly rich midnight blue. We can only imagine that stepping into a bathroom drenched in this color would provide the first invigorating, then relaxing feeling of stepping into the ocean at the start of summer.
HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams: Darkroom
The minds behind Sherwin Williams’ HGTV Home also put together a collection of different colors for 2023 (10 to be exact), but they did decide to select a standout star. Darkroom, a deep black shade with purple undertones, is the brand’s Color of the Year 2023. As part of The Vintage Homestead Collection, it makes sense that the color is named after something related to film photography and nostalgia. While black paint is often paired with bright white and associated with ultra-modern interior styles, the softer dimension in Darkroom makes the shade feel more lived-in and approachable. Use the color in small details to make doors and trim intriguing or use it as an all-over wall color to create a moody yet comforting reading room.
Behr: Blank canvas
It is almost certain that white paint will never go out of style, but it still changes with the seasons and trend cycles. Behr selected Blank Canvas, a warm white shade, as the color of the year 2023. As the name implies, the paint color provides a neutral background for any creative expression, but its warm undertone makes it particularly suitable for other soft earth tones and nature inspired shades. The shade selected is also in response to a recent online survey conducted by Behr, which found that 75 percent of respondents agreed that the color white promotes relaxation.
BHG: Canyon Ridge
Along with the trend to bring more natural elements indoors, BHG pulled straight from the outdoors with its 2023 Color of the Year selection. Canyon Ridge is a warm terracotta color inspired by sunsets over vast desert landscapes, specifically reminiscent of the red rock pinnacles of Zion National Park. If you’re looking for more warmth and vibrancy in your interior, the color can add a sun-kissed touch to an accent wall or an entire room. For a bright and bold approach, BHG Style and Design Director Jessica Thomas dressed up the color with cobalt blue, the opposite on the color wheel. If minimalism is more your thing, earthy neutrals also pair well with this nature-picked hue.
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