One of the things I look forward to in fall (other than the leaves changing colour) is finding out the on-trend hues for the coming year. Almost all the major paint manufacturers reveal their predictions for what will be in style. Here’s a breakdown of five companies’ choice for colour of the year and their supporting palettes. The overarching theme (for the most part) is it’s time for neutrals to move over — colour is going to have a moment.
Beloved paint brand Benjamin Moore has chosen a show-stopping red-orange, Raspberry Blush, that is sure to enliven any surrounding. The coral-tinged vivacious colour is unapologetic in its boldness as it encourages a confident colour statement. The rest of the palette includes a range of saturated tones varying from a deep, inky blue to a sultry teal, to more rich chocolate and cinnamon hues.
Similar to Benjamin Moore’s pick, Sherwin-Williams’ choice has a pink undertone but where the two colours differ is in their intensity. Redend Point is a calming blush-beige that delivers enveloping warmth that instantly makes you feel at home. A modern twist on mauve, it’s an ideal choice for those looking to add a sense of serenity and nature into a space. The soft blushing beige is supported by other red undertone colours in the palette, including Hushed Auburn, Carnelian and Malted Milk.
The company behind popular paint brands Dulux and Glidden earmarked red’s complementary colour as the go-to — the second consecutive year it has pegged a shade of green. Compared to last year’s choice, Olive Sprig, which is a desaturated soft green, 2023’s Vining Ivy is a striking jewel-toned hue that lands between a woodsy forest green and a blue-green teal, providing both a calming and invigorating effect. Vining Ivy pairs well with the 45 coordinating colours in the palette, which is dominated by sea, stone, mineral and soil tones.
Also a PPG brand, Sico unsurprisingly went with a blue-green hue, too, albeit a different paint colour. Robust and refined with an energizing yet grounding vibe, Melt Water intertwines bold blue and calming green to create a captivating colour symbolic of deep water. Paired together, these two undertones create an ultra-rich, uber-trendy colour that blends well with contemporary designs or adds an elegant pop to traditional decor. Among the other hues unveiled by Sico are an equally striking and soothing deep greenish-gray, forest green, muted terracotta and coppery brown.
Bucking the colourful trend is Behr whose Blank Canvas nabbed the paint company’s top spot in its forecast. Offering just what the name implies, a blank slate, the welcoming warm white serves as a foundation for an array of decor styles, allowing individuality and creativity to flow freely. This white easily harmonizes with a wide range of hues, including neutrals, earth tones and pastels, pairs beautifully with black for a dramatic impact as well as with bright accents like green or cobalt blue to instantly lift a space’s mood.
This article was originally published on WoodIndustry.ca.