For any new homeowner, the choice of paint colors can be easily complicated by too many options. It often feels like more than a simple color selection because the walls can set a mood for the entire room. A soft, warm white may create a touch of elegance wrapped in familiar comfort. A poppy red brings a level of vibrant energy, connecting the modern aesthetic with a youthful resilience. It’s up to you as the homeowner to decide what is right for you and which colors will suit your needs best.
If you’re having trouble narrowing down your options, it’s a good idea to discuss your ideas with a professional interior designer. They can help you put together a home that fits your personality, often by combining colors and elements that you might not think to put together at first.
Whether you opt for a gentle beige or a calming blue-green, a bright crimson or a stately vintage navy with gold accents, or even a bold palette of gorgeous color combinations, the possibilities are endless.
Seeking Balance Between Comfort and Self-Expression
Every year, interior design labs at your favorite paint retailers send color experts to travel across the world, analyzing trends in fashion and design, taking notes on the current trends, and consulting consumer insight reports to declare a winner of their respective, highly sought after Color of the Year award winners. Through the process, psychologists, marketers, designers, fashion gurus, and homebuyers just like you are consulted for their expertise on the subject and after many long months, each brand has named their choice.
While the 2022 lineup focused on a return to natural earthy hues, the winners in 2023 represent a combination of comforting neutrals and alluring bold hues. This new year, as the world blooms back into life with a fervor of anticipation, it is all about self-expression and nuance. The chosen colors embody a spirit of resilience and a focus on the future.
Blank Canvas by Behr
Behr’s pick for color of the year is the stunning Blank Canvas, an attractive neutral that breaks the boundaries between comfort and elegance. Its bright appearance opens any space and allows a soft flow of energy to move through the room. Pairing perfectly well with several accent colors, the hue extends a warm welcome to all guests. Use it in a bedroom for a relaxing and restorative balance or apply it to a bathroom or kitchen for a bright modern aesthetic.
Raspberry Blush by Benjamin Moore
This electric pop of color sparks optimism and whimsy. Raspberry Blush offers a lively coral tinged with pink, bold enough to capture the vibrance of a sunrise and bottle it up. Its stunning charisma and flavor make it a bright and bold callout to self-expression and creativity. Find your inner light by embracing a fun and energizing color scheme.
Rustic Greige by Dutch Boy Paints
Rustic Greige is a balanced neutral with a calming sense of harmonic restoration and peaceful contentment. It pairs so beautifully with trendy palettes shared by Dutch Boy Paints, as well as many other modern combinations. Its cool undertones are reminiscent of a botanical garden while its earthy layers offer a versatile and grounded neutral.
Terra Rosa by Dunn-Edwards
Dunn-Edwards has brought an earthy neutral that exudes warmth and beauty in a cinnamon rose. This terracotta-infused burgundy is intimate and cozy, but also bold and self-assured. Pair it with a creamy neutral accent or botanical earth tones.
Redend Point by Sherwin Williams
A soulful, creamy indulgence, Sherwin Williams’ Redend Point is reminiscent of a sandy beach and a warm latte on a frosty day. Fill your home with the subtle delight of this remarkable neutral that can open up your space while centering balance and a grounded connection to the Earth.
Wild Wonder by Dulux
For a special softness and uplifting tone, Wild Wonder by Dulux is a perfect choice for any kitchen, breakfast nook, or sunroom. Its mellow hue will brighten your living room and reflect any natural light that finds its way in. Quietly transitioning from playful and inviting, to cozy and cocooning, this shade is sure to please all ages.
Alizarin by Graham & Brown
Rich in deep romantic tones of red and magenta, Alizarin by Graham & Brown invokes a history of grandeur and elegance. The dark cherry tones mixed with the warm auburn make a stunning entrance to any home. Whether you are looking for a feeling of tranquil serenity in your bedroom sanctuary or an inviting and charismatic color for entertaining in the living room, this hue is sure to dazzle your expectations.
Vining Ivy by PPG and Glidden Paints
Trendy teals have been hot on the market for a minute, but Vining Ivy is making a new kind of splash. This unique setting in between a tapestry blue and cool deep green makes for an elegant and serene addition to any home. Its botanical roots pair well with creamy neutrals, wood grains, and a cozy evening in.
Darkroom by HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams
This alluring, dimensional black with purple undertones is ideal for a classic style or retro vintage scene. Create a cozy atmosphere in a reading room or study. Style it as an elegant heritage bedroom or living area. Turn a breakfast nook into an intimate corner table for two in your modern kitchen. The possibilities are truly endless.
Viva Magenta by Pantone
This crimson shade invokes a sense of optimism that, depending on how you style it, can be both calming and energizing. Pantone took inspiration from both technology and nature for this color; use it on an accent wall in your office to remind you to slow down and breathe during a busy day, or make it a festive addition to family dinners in the kitchen. No matter what, you can’t go wrong.
Several paint brands choose a certain palette or group of colors to earn the title. Based on the same criteria as Color of the Year, these notable palettes are likely to take over as the boldest new trends in home design.
For the indecisive homebuyer, Valspar has you covered with their 12 bold new shades. Using color psychology, the design experts at Valspar worked to identify shades that evoke feelings of joy and comfort at home. These muted favorites span from a trellis green to rosy clay to a calming, rich midnight blue. They pair well with all your favorite accents to match your mood and create a truly sensational experience.
HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams
The coveted collection from HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams is a revival of the vintage classics. The Vintage Homestead Color Collection includes an array of romantic and heritage-inspired hues that will bring a timeless charm to any space. These 10 colors mix and match seamlessly to create a surprising depth and elegance to any space. From a bold Poetry Plum to a warm Restrained Gold to a pensive Austere Gray, these shades are sure to make a stately impression.
Choose Your Style
Now that you know the predicted top color selections for 2023, you can mix and match and find your style. Don’t be afraid to test out a few. Paint one wall or a section and decide how it makes you feel. If you don’t love it, just paint it over and start anew. This year, the colors are bold, resilient, and perfect for a bright new refresh.
Melanie Theriault is a writer, counselor, and lifelong learner. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Southwestern University, where she discovered her passion for fostering human connection through storytelling.