The new year is just around the corner, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting our favorite 2023 paint trends! The general consensus seems to be a shift away from safe neutrals and an effort to incorporate rich and creative natural colors in inventive ways. People are getting creative with their use of color, and each major paint provider has chosen a favorite hue for the purpose.
Maybe the bold colors are insurance against spending more extended periods of time at home. The last three years have been pretty hit-and-miss when it comes to having the freedom to go where we like, and if we must stay inside, we might as well feel empowered when we’re there.
Whether or not more isolation is in store, we believe strongly that your home should reflect your personality and preferences, and the right paints can help you create a space that is completely personalized. You don’t have to rely on the warm and rich natural hues that are populating the 2023 trends, but if they appeal to you, you might as well run with them.
A Royal Touch—Magenta
Pantone’s contribution to the list of 2023 paint trends is a bold red with hints of pink called Viva Magenta. This majestic shade resembles that of a pomegranate. The vibrant color strikes joy in anyone who sees it, and for some reason it reminds us of a powerful Saharan lion, fearless and brave and powerful. Consider using this empowering color in a place of honor.
Warming things up just a bit, Benjamin Moore has chosen Raspberry Blush to join the ranks of the 2023 paint trends. This solid coral shade strips out most of Viva Magenta’s blue pigment, shifting from the realms of purple to pink. Think of the inside of a grapefruit. The result is charismatic and eye-catching. This choice in paint pairs perfectly with bright blue accents.
If you are looking for something a little more subtle, you have the choice to go darker or lighter. Graham & Brown’s Color of the Year Alizarin is a bit more auburn, reminiscent of mahogany. Its effect is warmer, less electric, and lends depth and sophistication to any room.
If you want to lighten things up, consider Better Homes & Gardens’ Canyon Ridge. It is softer than Raspberry Blush and even works well as a warm neutral. We’re still in the salmons here, with a bit too much orange to be considered a true pink.
The problem with pink is often how to avoid making it look like bubblegum. Unless you like the saccharine vibe, Terra Rosa by Dunn-Edwards may be the perfect household hue. It borders on terra cotta without returning to orange territory. The dusky rose makes a beautiful and powerful statement.
Again, we’re here to give you options, and if Terra Rosa is too bold for your taste, Sherwin Williams’ 2023 Color of the Year may be a better fit. Redend Point is a more subtle take on a dusky pink (consider it a combination of blush and beige rather than burgundy and brown). This conch shell color makes for another warm neutral.
You must be very confident to pull off yellow paint well. If you are looking for 2023 paint trends with a challenge, look no further than Dulux’s Wild Wonder. This was a bold stroke, pun intended. This mellow ochre is quite different from the other trending paints this year, but if you want a natural yellow hue that will help bring the outdoors into your home, Wild Wonder is a great way to go.
Of the Earth—Green
The richness of the earth can be found in its greens, and Spanish Moss by Krylon and Vining Ivy by PPG are two very different takes on that theme. Spanish Moss is a traditional forest green: it is deep and dark (though not too dark) and bold. Vining Ivy embraces a lot more blue for a more tranquil and serene impression.
Spanish Moss works well with pale browns or gold accents, though pairing it with white does have a Better Homes & Gardens kind of charm. Vining Ivy is also right at home with natural woods, dark or warm, and white accents are very clean.
Which 2023 Paint Trends Are Right for You?
With so many marvelous colors to choose from, how do you know which is the best fit for your space? Feel free to experiment as we move into the new year. Give yourself creative freedom as you incorporate these 2023 paint trends into your home’s color palette. Combine different shades in unexpected ways. There are no wrong choices—just find the color scheme that feels right for you.