It’s always hot outside. Every morning, I walk out onto my balcony with my laptop, phone, and coffee, hoping that today will be the day when it’s cool enough to sit outside. But it never is, so I go back inside.
Being cooped up indoors all the time has its ups and downs. On the one hand, I don’t have to worry about getting sunburnt or breathing in too much pollution. But on the other hand, I spend a lot of time looking at the same four walls and wondering what color they would look good painted. With a few brands already announcing their picks for the 2023 Color of the Year, my imagination is running wild (because there’s no way my body will be able to handle the heat soon).
Brands like Valspar and HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams have expanded the “color of the year” from one singular shade to a collection of at least a dozen hues. I imagine my bathroom walls painted in Blue Arrow from Valspar or a hallway colored with the conservatively-named Restrained Gold from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams.
A range of colors is predicted to be popular in 2023. These include muted neutrals like Valspar’s Ivory Brown, Cozy White, Holmes Cream, and Villa Grey and warmer, bolder shades like Darkroom (the “official” Color of the Year from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams), Poetry Plum, and Wall Street.
HGTV Home By Sherwin Williams’ 2023 Color Of The Year
A paint color collaboration with Sherwin Williams comes from the network that brought you the trend of knocking down walls (and covering any that remain with shiplap). The line-up didn’t include specific descriptions for each color, so I took the liberty of writing them myself.
Restrained Gold: A yellow-tan shade best suited for those with wealthy last names. Rockefeller, Mellon, Hearst, and Rothschild families can use this color in their summer homes.
Natural Linen: A shade of linen that looks more natural than other unnatural shades. This color is perfect for fashion influencers who prefer neutral or earthy tones.
Homeowners who are looking for a change in their paint selection might be interested in these three trending colors:
Hot Cocoa: This milky chocolate shade is a popular choice among homeowners.
Austere Grey: This stern shade of green-grey is a popular choice among homeowners.
Island Blue: This bright blue shade is a popular choice among homeowners.
Glamour: I swear I saw headphones from Kim Kardashian’s Beats by Dre collaboration in this pink-ish, mauve-ish, grey-ish shade of purple. The devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder.
Valspar’s 2023 Color Of The Year
If you’re looking to paint your house this year and want to use Valspar’s year colors, they just released descriptions of each color to help you decide.
Ivory Brown: This natural color is soft, light, and calming. It is also positive and full of possibilities.
Cozy White: This comfortable, warm white naturally elevates a room when paired with earthy wood tones and neutrals.
Gentle Violet: This softened violet is youthful and sophisticated. It embodies harmony and connectivity when accented with colorful naturals.
Blue Arrow: This cooled-down blue with a yellow undertone brings a modern charm to any space.
Flora: This shade is sophisticated and charming. It helps us appreciate what we have in life.
Desert Carnation: A warm color that promotes comfort and self-expression.
Green Trellis: A color inspired by nature that creates a contemporary look.
Rising Tide: An uplifting color that ties an eclectic aesthetic together in a room.
Holmes Cream: A classic, dependable tan that embraces sunlight. Southern Road: A muted clay that embraces a life of simplicity and contentment.