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Top Colors in 2023

The new year is a great time to set goals, establish healthier habits, and promote growth and learning. This year, many paint manufacturers also see it as a great opportunity to reset, recenter and rewrite the design and ambience of our homes to suit our journey for the year ahead.


Take Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, for example. This bold hue provides a perfect change of pace for the year ahead. “Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative,” Pantone noted.


Benjamin Moore’s Raspberry Blush is a similarly charismatic coral hue that can be used to add a lively pop of color to any space.


“People are ready to bring color back into the home, taking a step outside their color comfort zones,” said Andrea Magno, color marketing & development director at Benjamin Moore, in a press release. “Raspberry Blush 2008-30 and the Color Trends 2023 palette empower the use of statement colors that deliver delight and personality, while transforming rooms for incredible results.”


Sherwin Williams and Dunn Edwards opted for more muted red-based tones with Redend Point and Terra Rosa, respectively. These soft, earthy, subtle pink hues are grounding and warm, and add rich, sophisticated color to the home.


“It is a heartening hue that invites compassion and connection into any space,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, of Redend Point in a press release. “The color is a natural choice for those looking for a warm and joyful neutral in both interiors and exteriors.”

Other paint manufacturers, such as Behr, went a different direction. Behr’s 2023 Color of the Year, Blank Canvas, is a rich neutral to help renew every space in the home, from entryways to living rooms to bedrooms.


“Blank Canvas effortlessly offers a clean and inviting blank slate that allows individuality and creativity to flow freely,” stated Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr Paint Company, in a press release. “This white easily harmonizes with a wide range of hues, including neutrals, earth tones and pastels for a charming and cozy appeal.”

Valspar also opted for a primarily softer palette, with its 2023 Colors of the Year palette. Neutral colors such as Ivory Brown, Cozy White and Villa Grey are included alongside colors such as Southern Road and Desert Carnation, which are more in line with the year’s bolder red-based color selections.

Valspar’s palette also includes nature-inspired greens and blues, which complement Glidden’s choice of Vining Ivy as its 2023 Color of the Year. The bold blueish-green “serves up versatile vibes, making it an on-trend addition to any room,” Glidden noted.


This range of colors on trend — and the versatility it provides — offers inspiration for reinventing and reconnecting with the home in the year ahead.

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