Repainting your home is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give it a fresh look. Unlike swapping out furniture or diving into a full remodel, painting your interiors can instantly make a difference.
Designers are looking toward calming greens and classic neutral shades. From rich browns like Art and Craft by Dunn-Edwards to Sherwin Williams’ 2023 Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog, these natural tones extend a welcoming warmth in entryways and establish calm and relaxation in bedrooms.
A fresh coat of paint can give a room a breath of new life. Whether it’s a whole wall or an arresting accent color, blue room ideas are in. From calming tones to vibrant shades, here are some of the best blue paint colors for 2023.
The softer side of green
Rather than the bold primary shades that have dominated paint trends in recent years, organic greens are gaining popularity. Many brands named a soft shade of green as their Color of the Year for 2023, including Sherwin-Williams’ subdued Evergreen Fog and Benjamin Moore’s calming Enchanted Forest. Pair these shades with wood trim and cabinetry for a restorative, nature-inspired look in living rooms, bedrooms and home offices.
Other natural hues are also gaining in popularity, such as mauves, terracottas and pinks. Valspar’s warm lavender shade, Lilac Lane 1002-4B, is a great choice for bedrooms. You can also use it as a statement color on built-in shelves in the living room.
Greens are calming and organic, which makes them perfect for living rooms and bedrooms where relaxation is a priority. Benjamin Moore’s October Mist 1495 is a silvery-green that mimics the color of flower stems. It’s a part of the brand’s 2023 color trends palette that also includes tinted off-whites, warm earth tones and refreshed primary colors.
Stark neutrals aren’t completely out of style, but they’re losing favor to warmer shades that feel cozy and natural. Dunn-Edwards’ Art and Craft is a warm brown shade that works well in dining rooms or as a backdrop for statement pieces of furniture.
For a pop of vibrant color, consider Krylon’s Satin Rolling Surf, which is part of the company’s 2023 paint trend palette. This teal shade embodies optimism and stability, which would make it a great choice for revamping outdoor furniture or sprucing up indoor decor. It could even work well as an accent wall in a bedroom.
After a few years of soft neutrals and soothing blues topping the paint charts, dark shades are having their moment. Designers and color experts agree that this year’s trend toward moody greens, deep blues, and other earthy hues is a response to the post-pandemic stressors that have fueled homeowners’ desire for restful and cozy spaces.
Whether in a rich forest shade like Farrow & Ball’s Wine Dark or a more turquoise, ocean hue, these shades add an instant boost of energy to any room. And because dark colors tend to read as a neutral, they pair easily with bolder accent pieces.
Meanwhile, warm grays like Classic Gray by Sherwin-Williams and Peppercorn by Benjamin Moore are becoming popular in a range of rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas. These shades work as a subtle backdrop for bold accents and are the perfect choice when you want to make a room feel larger. They are also easy to coordinate with other popular shades such as yellow, mint, pink, and red.
For homeowners who still want a touch of drama, there are several dark paint colors to choose from. Consider Sherwin-Williams’ Alabaster SW 7008, a classic neutral shade that works well as an exterior trim color or siding hue for homes with lots of natural sunlight.
Glidden’s Color of the Year 2023, Aleutian, is a comforting blue that’s reminiscent of your favorite pair of faded jeans. Use it in a bathroom or bedroom to create a soothing vibe.
While brighter shades are popular, many homeowners crave a return to calm neutrals like Origami White by Sherwin-Williams. With a warm undertone and high LRV, this shade is ideal for open spaces that receive ample amounts of natural light.
For a moodier look, try Dulux’s Art and Craft DET682. A down-to-earth brown, this shade reflects the broader cottagecore trend that encourages home furnishings with a folky aesthetic. Coat both walls and millwork with this hue to envelop a room in cozy warmth.