New year, new hues in paint
Check out these big brand’s 2023 colors of the year
Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year is Viva Magenta, designed to make a space feel bright and welcoming. without being overpowering.
The turn of the calendar is a great occasion to make New Year’s resolutions. This period between January and spring is also an opportune time to repaint areas of your home and thereby reinvent living spaces with fresh colors designed to reflect today’s popular tastes and preferences.
“Painting can give a much-needed refresh to the home and make it look more contemporary. Not only does a new coat of paint change the appearance of a room, but it can also completely transform its mood and feel,” says Jon Sanborn, a home improvement expert with SD House. “Colors have been shown to affect our psychological well-being. Brighter colors create a sense of openness and light, while darker colors add a sense of warmth and coziness.”
Not sure which paint colors to pick for your room? Take a close look at the 2023 “colors of the year” selected by key paint brands and organizations.
Case in point: Pantone chose Viva Magenta for its color of the year. This vibrant and bright pink evokes a sense of freshness, modernity and joy – perfect for making a space feel airy while adding an exciting pop of color, says Sanborn.
Benjamin Moore’s signature 2023 color, meanwhile, is Raspberry Blush, a delicate pink shade with subtle hints of lavender and gray that collectively evoke a timeless and romantic feel to any space.
Then there’s Blank Canvas, Behr’s color of the year that can be described as a versatile off-white hue with a touch of warmth that can conjure a comforting ambiance to any living space.
“Blank Canvas is the perfect wall color to offset painting kitchen cabinets a deep jewel tone, which is a big trend for 2023,” suggests Tracey Amadio, creator of the home improvement blog Porch Daydreamer.
Deep dusty pink is probably the best way to describe Terra Rosa, Dunn Edward’s color of the year, which falls between rosy pink and terra-cotta.
“This color is vivid enough to feel friendly and inviting with enough of a neutral base to feel warm, enveloping, and workable with various colors,” says Sarah Barnard, owner of Sarah Barnard Design LLC. “Recently, there’s been a lot of interest in nature-based colors with more saturation, and this shade falls into that family while exhibiting a slight departure from traditional terra-cottas. It’s a color that would be great for a bedroom, entryway, reading room or any space meant for comfort, curiosity, and rest – as Terra Rosa feels engaging without being invigorating.”
PPG and Glidden have chosen Vining Ivy as their color of the year — a flexible teal that can transform virtually any room.
“It’s a rich jewel-toned blue-green that feels like a deep turquoise stone, which pairs well with warmer tones. It’s the ideal choice for kitchen cabinets – as an accent on a kitchen island or a bank of cabinets paired with natural shades of wood for an updated look,” Amadio adds.
There’s nothing wrong with looking back a year or so to past choices, too. Brady Bridges, broker/owner of Reside Real Estate in Fort Worth, Texas, is a huge fan of October Mist, Benjamin Moore’s 2022 color of the year, a soft silver-green hue that offers a soothing vibe.
“This paint represents an effortless harmony of different colors while inspiring an out-of-the-box combination to complement any paint project. You can combine October Mist with a rich and dark shade to add depth and warmth,” explains Bridges.
Overall, white hues and neutral tones are also in vogue in 2023, per interior designer Gene Fitzgerald.
“Beige and cream, when used on walls as paint colors or wallpapers, create a sense of space. Light colors like these are reflective in nature, too,” Fitzgerald notes. “If you’re not a fan of neutral tones and whites and prefer adding more discernible color in your living space, go for pastel yellows and sage green. I love how these shades are minimal yet give acute vibe to the overall space.”
Since paint has gotten more expensive it is still one of the most cost effective ways to freshen up a room. As always, be sure to pick a color you like that you can live with for some time so that you do not have to repaint every year. Paint trends are moving away from light and neutral to vibrant and moody. If you are unsure of what to choose, purchase a sample and paint a decent size square on the wall and watch it for a few days to see how the color changes from morning to night. This maybe the best way to see what will work in your room. It’s only paint so have a little fun with it.
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