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Color of the Year 2023

In the fall, as “Best of the Year” lists are being created, the design world is looking ahead and making predictions for trends to keep an eye on in the upcoming year. Major paint companies release their predictions for what colors will be trending in the new year with many selecting a Color of the Year to be featured.

Choosing Color of the Year is an extensive process, and I’m always so intrigued to see what direction paint companies take in selecting the color crowned as the winner. Paint color may seem trivial, but oftentimes the colors featured reflect the current mood of our society. The colors that are highlighted give insight into how folks are utilizing their homes and the comfort people seek in their surroundings.

Many paint companies chose a similar Color of the Year in 2022, with a greenish-sage showing up all over the place! Why did so many companies land on very similar colors? The theory is that we know the pandemic altered the way folks lived and worked in their homes. With many people working from home, switching careers, and spending time indoors in newfound ways, there was a yearning to bring the outdoors in and create soothing and earthy spaces during uncertain times.

Most paint companies release their featured Color of the Year in October, so while I was busy with all things fall decor, I was eagerly anticipating what would be trending in 2023. I am not disappointed! Overall, the Colors of the Year for 2023 are still inspired by nature, but many bring a bolder, more moody presence than last year’s vibe and I am here for it! Don’t get me wrong, I love a soothing sage, but it’s fun to gain inspiration and ideas from contrasting shades.

Inspired by a few Colors of the Year 2023, I designed the following spaces to highlight the colors and the direction you could take if using them. Happy Painting!

Cozy Library (Gliddon and PPG: Vining Ivy)

Cheerful Kitchen Nook (Better Homes & Gardens: Canyon Ridge)

Peaceful Bedroom Retreat (Sherwin Williams: Redend Point)

Moody Movie Room (HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams: Darkroom)

Vibrant Office Space (Benjamin Moore: Raspberry Blush)


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1 Comment

Natalia Talbot
Natalia Talbot
Jan 24, 2023

Thank you for this helpful and informative blog! The example spaces that you created are beautiful and really highlight how you can effectively use these colors.

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