With most of us putting down our paintbrushes for the year, we will start wondering what the paint colour trends for 2023 will be.
Many big paint brands have already announced their Colour of the Year 2023, ranging from deep, rich reds to mellow yellows.
Using colours in our homes is the best way to reflect our style and personalities. The colours we use can change quite dramatically over the years as we move through different times in our lives.
I find that the older I get, the more I gravitate towards calming, neutral and nature-inspired tones like green, beige, soft and deep blues and baby pinks.
Paint Colour Trends for 2023
Every year, leading paint brands announce their Colour for the next year, chosen by colour experts.
Brands such as Dulux, Pantone, and Benjamin Moore analyse colour data from all around the world from fashion to our homes and produce a colour which they believe will feature prominently, with accompanying colour palettes.
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It seems that the overriding theme of the last few years, using neutral and warm earth tones, is still omnipresent. These colours are perfect for use in our homes and green has seen a huge resurgence!
So, what paint colours will be popular in 2023?
Red seems to be taking centre stage in paint colour trends with Pantone, Graham and Brown and Benjamin Moore all announcing red tones as their Colour of the Year 2023.
However, calm and neutral tones are still popular and feature heavily in many colour palettes.
Benjamin Moore – Raspberry Blush
“Never a backdrop, Raspberry Blush is the definition of charismatic colours. A vivacious shade of coral tinged with pink, Raspberry Blush enlivens the senses with an electric optimism” – Benjamin Moore.
Raspberry Blush is an extremely bold colour to use in the home and a colour that, if you’re going to use it, you might as well go for it!
Paint all the walls in this colour and use equally bold and eclectic colours in your soft furnishings and furniture.
Pick rugs that help to bring out the vibrant colour or use teals in your furniture and place different shades of red cushions throughout.
Benjamin Moore has created a colour palette with eight beautiful shades that help complement their Colour of the Year 2023 perfectly.
Each colour has its own personality and can turn any room into a bright and eclectic masterpiece.
Obviously Conch Shell and North Sea Green are my favourites! These shades feature prominently in many paint colour trends.
Pantone – Viva Magenta
Pantone also went for a bold pinkish red this year with Viva Magenta.
This colour is “inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known”, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
As such a bright colour, Viva Magenta is probably best used in soft furnishings and in art. This shade shows strength and power and is an electrifying statement colour.
It is probably the most vibrant of the paint colour trends and will be seen in fashion, and interior design and interwoven into our lives.
- KitchenAid Mixer Tilt-head in Beetroot
- Elvan Manhattan Square Cushion Cover – Bordeaux and Red
- The Lowdown in Poppy – Mustard Made
- Martini Art Deco Arch Wallpaper in Red – Bobbi Beck
- Eva Sonaike Ona Cushion – Sweetpea & Willow
- PaiPai Armchair in Bright Fuschia – Ligne Roset
- Empire Gathered Lampshade in Fuschia Wicker – Fermoie
- Jack 3 Seat Sofa in Red Velvet – sofa.com
- Cherry Wine Paint – Benjamin Moore
- Fantasia Scarlet Star Lantern – Paper Starlights
Dulux – Wild Wonder
In complete contrast to the vivid reds that Pantone and Benjamin Moore have chosen as their colours of the year, Dulux has gone for Wild Wonder.
Dulux colour trends always seem to play it safe and this year is no exception!
Wild Wonder is described as a natural shade of yellow that helps us connect our homes with the outdoors.
It is a glowing natural tone that offers us a connection with nature and brings a sense of natural magic to our homes.
As always, Dulux has brought out 4 different colour palettes that help you use Wild Wonder in your home.
There is a palette for everyone that complements many paint colour trends for 2023 and includes earthy and neutral tones to vibrant shades.
Lush Colour Palette
The Lush Colour Palette was created to help you bring a soothing space to your home. Feeling connected with nature is good for our well-being and can help us feel part of the world around us.
The Lush colour palette is inspired by woodland scenes and forest floors to help create a soothing atmosphere in our homes.
Beautiful greens and browns help to create a calm space with soft lilac tones bringing a splash of contrasting colour.
Lilac also features heavily in paint colour trends for 2023.
Buzz Colour Palette
Staying with the nature theme, the Buzz colour Palette brings more bright colours to the table.
It is inspired by the natural energy and biodiversity of meadows, prairies and grassland and brings cheerful shades like orange and pink to your interior designs.
These colours are best for making bold statements in a room and can help inject personality into your home.
Use them in colour-blocking in a bedroom or for a bold door and skirting board colour.
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Raw Colour Palette
If you prefer a more neutral palette, then the raw colour palette is for you!
This palette consists of rich natural tones which reflect woody and earthy tones all around us.
If you are looking for a rustic, farmhouse vibe for your home, then this palette is perfect.
It incorporates lots of warm tones that look perfect with natural materials, exposed wooden beams and wooden flooring.
Brave Ground, Acorn Cap and Warm Straw all work in harmony with the lovely yellow hue of Wild Wonder and are some of my favourite paint colour trends.
Flow Colour Palette
Finally, Dulux has brought out the Flow Colour Palette to complement Wild Wonder.
With its use of blues and beiges, it is inspired by the tides, waves and natural rhythms of the earth.
These colours bring a fresh vibe to your home and their calming and neutral base is timeless.
It can help bring back memories of lazy days on the beach with the neutral beige shades mimicking the sand and shells and the darker blues representing stormy seas.
Dulux Colour Forecast
As well as the Dulux Colour of the Year, Dulux also promote and support design trends with their annual Dulux Colour Forecast.
They help set the mood in your home with three emotive palettes inspired by our need to reconnect with nature, a desire for balance and calm and interjecting joy and play.
With a lot of uncertainty in our lives, the Balance palette helps to restore a sense of calm in our lives.
This palette features delicate pastels, oceanic hues and accents of deep garnet. I adore this palette and could easily use any of these colours in my home.
The connect palette features soft earthy neutrals, naturals, muted greens and wheat yellows.
These are all complemented with accents of warm deep brown, grey and charcoal.
Connect is what it says on the tin. It helps us connect with the outdoors and is vital to our mental health and well-being.
Sustainability and eco-friendly vibes are key to this palette and all the colours work in harmony with natural materials and plants.
The Revive palette is full of colour, joy and creativity.
It features lots of soft blues, lilacs and vibrant emerald greens with accents of pinks and yellows. All the colours of the rainbow!
This palette absolutely personifies eclectic home décor with colour used in new and unexpected ways.
It draws its inspiration from a mixture of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and is full of graphics, patterns, waves and geometrics. It is the brightest of paint colour trends for 2023.
One of my favourite paint brands, Graham and Brown has chosen the paint Alizarin as their colour of the year.
Alizarin is an auburn red shade that will easily bring warmth to any room and can be brought to life with one of their amazing wallpapers.
This is a deep rich red and is in keeping with the red trends we are seeing for 2023. A bit like Benjamin Moores Raspberry Blush, if you are going to use this colour, then go for it!
Paint the whole room in this beautiful red and choose teal, rust or dark blue furnishings to complement it.
If you feel this colour is a bit much to paint the whole room, use it on your doors and skirting boards or introduce a pop of this colour as a colour block.
Another favourite paint brand of mine, Valspar have named 12 colours that they believe will be trending in 2023.
These colours are designer lead and are matched to help people be braver in their homes.
I have to be honest, there are no paints that really jump out at me in this colour palette, but I think they are much more useable in our homes and appeal to the masses.
These colours will all work well together and can perhaps help people to move away from a safer colour palette by incorporating new paint colour trends into their homes.
As Sue Kim, Valspar’s colour marketing manager says –
“Valspar’s 2023 Colours of the Year are usable shades that encourage self-expression and anyone can envision in their space. With our 12 colours to choose from, you are guaranteed to find a colour that is picture-perfect for you!”
There really is something for everyone in 2023 Colours of the Year.
Whether you prefer a calming colour palette or like to be a bit bolder and use bright shades in your home, many of the palettes still give a nod to nature and incorporate natural colours into our home.
What paint colour trends will you use in your home?
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