The biggest colour trends of 2023 are a joyous mix of warmth and optimism, which makes decorating our homes that much more enjoyable.
Choosing the right colour for your home can be a welcome exercise in self-expression – it is often where we begin our design process and it can have great impact on our sense of wellbeing and contentment in our homes.
‘If you’re not confident with colour, introduce accent colours in smaller areas to brighten up a room,’ says Clara Ewart, Head of Design at London-based design studio, Kitesgrove. ‘Whether it is a trim on a headboard or cushion, a window frame, a favourite piece of painted furniture or a colourful picture frame, these small pops of colour lift a space and you can introduce more as your confidence grows.’
Below, colour and design experts share their predictions for the colour trends influencing our homes in 2023.
1. Sunny hues
Paint company Benjamin Moore forecast sunny ‘Golden Tones’ for 2023: ‘From soft, pale sunshine to zingy lime-tinted yellow, Golden Tones is all about bringing the warmth of summer into your home,’ reads their prediction. ‘Beautiful when teamed with white or black, or other golden hues, this look can be anything from quiet and gentle to striking and memorable. The choice is yours.’
‘Yellow and orange are associated with happiness – the bright sunshine tones provide a cheerful energy and optimism,’ says Clara. ‘Desaturated shades work well on bedroom walls, or creating an impact in a living room on upholstered furniture, accessories and artwork.
‘Don’t be afraid to choose bright, bold hues in rooms which are regularly used for entertaining – the joyous burst of colour will add to the ambience and enjoyment of the space. Walls of bright colour can also be broken up with artworks and mirrors to soften the impact of the hue.’
2. Vintage browns
Vintage browns are part and parcel of a new wave of 70s design references.
‘The concept of vintage has never been more en vogue. Interior design trends, just like fashion, are proving to be cyclical and the 1970s is prevailing as a key influence in 2023 interior design,’ says Ben White, design and trade expert at Swyft.
‘The 70s revival is an evolution of the mid-century modern craze that has dominated the industry for the past few years,’ says Kelly Collins, interior designer and head of creative at Swyft. ‘Think rich, earthy tones like terracotta and warm browns, with a mix of layered textures for that 70s depth in finish. This period was also all about embracing patterns, so to really nail it, you need to go big and bold.’
3. Dusk pink
The bright and saccharine Barbiecore trend was all but fleeting in 2022; the grown-up pinks of 2023 are warm and chalky.
‘A colour which is bang on trend for interiors. It calms, relaxes and comforts, helps us to escape from the stress of daily life and blends into the background with ease,’ says Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin.
Tom Howley, Design Director at the eponymous kitchen company, has introduced a dusk pink kitchen for 2023. ‘An elegant, more playful alternative to grey it creates incredible warmth and an alluring appeal to a kitchen,’ says Tom. ‘Pink may divide opinion; however, over the past few years, this versatile shade has boomed in popularity. Pink Dusk is not like your usual bubblegum pink, it’s incredibly soft, charming and moody. You can use this colour across a full kitchen design or pair it back with complementary tones opting for a pink island.’
4. Striking blue
The infamous Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball accrued more hashtags than any other paint colour in 2022, and its influence continues this year.
‘Blue is universally loved in interior design, due to its calming, tranquil tones,’ says Clara. ‘Deep rich dark blue is a popular choice for productive rooms such as kitchens and home offices, whilst the softer, paler tones are chosen for bedrooms and sitting rooms to achieve a relaxed and soothing setting.’
Whilst an all-over ink blue makes for a striking scheme, those tentative about darkening a room to such an extent might consider combining hues.
‘A simple trick for a colour combination is to use a darker and a lighter version of the same hue on the walls and woodwork or cabinetry in a room,’ says Clara. ‘It brings visual interest but is really easy to work with and gives an overall cohesive feel.’
5. Warm neutrals
The evolution of Scandi-inspired design, from cool and minimalist to cosy and cocooning, informs an array of warm neutrals in 2023.
‘Lovers of gold accents, warm wood tones and cream sofas rejoice!’ says Anne Haimes, interior designer and founder of Anne Haimes Interiors. ‘Warm hues will continue to dominate over cooler colour palettes in 2023.
‘We’re also seeing the return of minimalism, but in a more sophisticated and homelier manner than we’ve seen previously. Warm wood tones and natural textures will become a feature of themselves, without compromising the simplicity and cleanliness of minimalist styles.’
6. Soft sage
Green has been one of the most popular interior colours since the mid-pandemic days of bringing the outdoors in.
‘In the last year mossy, hunter greens were all the rage, adorning the walls and soft furnishings of every trendy home. But in 2023, it’s set to evolve to a more subtle, earthy tone,’ says Kelly.
DIY paint company Krylon chose an earthy Spanish Moss as its colour of the year.
‘This year’s colour selection is inspired by the comfort and reassurance found in the past, as we look to find contentment in the future,’ says Ashley Banbury, Senior Colour Designer at Krylon. ‘Spanish Moss is a timeless, organic hue that embraces the raw beauty of the natural world. Historically, green has inspired homeowners both indoors and out, and today, it continues to deliver a renewed and contemporary look to heritage pieces.’
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