Designers are already abuzz over 2023 paint color trends. Here, 17 industry experts let us in on what’s popular, what’s working and what’s out when it comes to top interior paint colors for this year and what carries over to 2024.
Bringing the outdoors in.
“I use different shades of green and teal in every room. It can create a pop or serves as a backdrop for other colors to stand out.”
—Sarah Montgomery, Sarah Montgomery Design | Chicago
Carrying color throughout the home.
“Clients are still being adventurous with color. Instead of one bold room, we’re seeing it throughout. It’s about creating beauty in every space, not just one.”
—Nicole Fisher, BNR Interiors | Hudson, New York
Looking beyond gray.
“We love color and always will. Gray is a trend we are definitely over. Instead, we use a lot of blues and greens.”
—Andrea Schumacher, Andrea Schumacher Interiors | Denver
Embracing the unexpected.
“We recently paired a deep sapphire lacquer with chartreuse silk drapes. We received lot of fun, positive reactions to the unexpected color pairing.”
—Sarah Vaile, Sarah Vaile Interior Design | Chicago
Using the “Fab Five.”
“The neutral and classic combination of black, white, gray, green and brown will always provide the perfect pallet for every interior. They are rooted in nature and therefore resonate with the core of humanity.”
—John McClain, John McClain Design | Los Angeles and Orlando
Pairing blue with silver.
“Pale and mid-blue accents paired with white and silver resonate with so many. The popularity is because it is gender neutral, crisp and like fresh air.”
—Jamie Drake, Drake/Anderson | New York City
“Green in almost every shade is having the most amazing comeback. The richer shades like emerald and forest are really strong and will be here to stay for a while.”
—Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Martyn Lawrence Bullard | Los Angeles
Turning to blue and white for the win.
“Blue and white is classic but can be contemporary, traditional or coastal.”
—Sandra Asdourian, Sandra Asdourian Interiors | Naples, Florida
Mixing paint and texture.
“In California, some clients are requesting whites, creams and beiges with a subtle amount of texture on the walls. This will require limewash or plaster to achieve the desired vibe. People really need a sense of calm at home, and this combination has a bright and airy, yet warm feel to it.”
—Elisa Baran Tréan, Elisa Baran, LLC | New York, New York
Make way for purple.
“Purple is a color we’ve rarely seen used in bedroom designs, but we are expecting more of. Color psychology has proven purples are romantic, peaceful and luxurious. The buzz surrounding Digital Lavender as the 2023 Color of the Year has only reassured us that purple is a definite for 2023 design.”
—Design West | Naples, Florida
Turn to timeless color combos.
“The power of black next to white stands the test of time. Because they are both neutrals, the combination is bold and dramatic without being brash. Black can bring wow factor as a contrast window sash or passage door and can also highlight architectural detailing that would otherwise go unnoticed.”
—Emilie Munroe, Studio Munroe | San Francisco
White will never go out of style, but the key is to add pops of color for interest, advises Hillary Stamm. (Photo: Lauren Pressey)
Keep the color contrasts coming.
“Clients are looking for a timeless elegance but with contrast and a touch of something that creates a special and unique look and space to call their own.”
—Hillary Stamm, HMS Interiors | Manhattan Beach, California
A new twist on brown and blue.
“We’ve noted that brown and blue is slowly making a comeback. The combination allows us to easily mix antique and modern; however, it’s notably different than how we used in the ‘90s. We’re going way more saturated in the blues, picking up on deep complex hues for a more luminous, dynamic color.”
—Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Interiors | New York, New York
Channel deep charcoals and browns.
“Heading into 2023, we’re really into darker and dramatic shades, such as deep charcoals and browns. These tones are not only elegant and upscale when complemented with tonal furnishings and accessories, but they bring a warm and comfortable feel to the space.”
—Leslie Murphy, Murphy Maude Interiors | Memphis, Tennessee
“Across all eras in design, I have always loved orange-red-brick tones and teal-blue tones together. From a color theory standpoint, these tones are perfect opposites on the color wheel; but I think there’s something so iconic about this pairing—from Southwestern indigenous jewelry pairing coral and turquoise stones together, to every Hot-and-Cold water faucet.”
—Noz Nozawa, Noz Design | San Francisco
Pink is sticking around.
“Dusty pinks, salmon, and taupes. These warm neutrals, in particular, really came up in the last couple of years or so, and I think are now considered mainstays. There is something so soothing about a dusty pink that also feels special and unique.”
—Susie Novak, Susie Novak Interiors | Oakland, California
Play nice with neutrals.
“Neutrals became the response to living with greige for so many years. We find that these tones, paired with crisp whites and a dash of black, never go out of style.”
—Virginia Toledo, Toledo Geller | Franklin Lakes, New Jersey