The era of vibrancy is upon us. The nation’s top colour experts decree the reign of neutrals and cool tones over. Bold, playful tones leaning on the warmer side of the colour wheel are predicted to skyrocket in popularity in 2023. The reason: People are becoming more adventurous with their colour choices to express themselves.
Impactful Reds and Oranges
For 2023, there’s a sense of a yearning for bold, saturated colour trends and a shift towards the unexpected, especially after several years of neutrals and muted hues taking centre stage. The time felt right to highlight a colour that encourages a willingness to be creative and expressive, even if it meant breaking away from the tried and true.
Particularly, colours in the red, orange, and terracotta families are projected to soar in popularity dues to their ability to take people out of their comfort zones and be more expressive with their choices, it’s thought that the colour trends will follow the expressive nature of an individual. In addition, “tones in these colour families, especially those reds and oranges that are more vivid, energize and lift our spirits.”
Though it’s derived from the red family, magenta brings forward a vibrant spirit all on its own that people will be craving in the upcoming year. The Pantone Institute named Viva Magenta as its official colour of the year for 2023 for its joyous yet powerful nature. A red with subtle notes of purple, magenta flawlessly complements many different palettes from those on the richer, jewel-tone side of the spectrum to even a lighter, earthy palette.
Pantone further notes as virtual reality has become more and more prominent in our everyday lives, a shade like Viva Magenta is able to thrive in both worlds and encourage exploration. This is an extremely modern look at how brand-new technology can impact upon colour trends.
Midtone greens took over homes worldwide for their ability to play to nature. While the soothing shade has cemented itself as a go-to neutral, many believe unique shades of green—such as Savannah Green, which was featured in the brand’s Colour Trends 2023 palette—are about to make their way into the home.
Savannah Green is a great example because it has a citrusy, acidic quality that may be unexpected for a wall paint, but when used in a room it creates a space that is both playful and sophisticated all at once.”
It seems intimidating to dose your walls in electric chartreuse or forest green, but we have a sneaky suspicion the results will leave you both speechless and inspired, which again could lead to another previously unexpected colour trend.
Though nature continues to inspire colour trends into 2023, it’s been pointed out that there’s increasing interest in “more earthbound natural shades linked to craft.” More specifically, shades of warm brown that are reminiscent of different types of woods, minerals, and even jewels.
C2 Paint announced Tiramisu, a coppery, midtone brown, as their colour of the year which perfectly embodies this movement towards organic tones. These shades ground spaces in comfort and stability while providing a nuanced backdrop to build off.
For some, neutrals feel a bit boring when there’s a whole world of bright shades to experiment with. However, experts often explain that these colours play an important role in establishing a solid base.
Instead of the cooler tones we’ve seen in the past, today’s neutrals embrace a warmer disposition with earthy undertones. Paint companies like Sherwin-Williams—who named mauve-y Redden Point their colour of the year, expect to see more shades of blush popping up in the upcoming year as another colour trend.
While you can cover a blank canvas with pops of colour, you can also lean into neutrals. “We see a trend in 2023 toward warm, non-intrusive, neutral tones and materials, which provide comfort and security,” says Max Gansow, co-founder of furniture brand Vetsak. “Raw, organic materials, and tones such as brown ochre, which we showcase in our genuine bovine leather collection, offer a cosy-yet-modern grounding base.”
Blue comes into colour trends every year, just taking a slightly different form. It’s such a grounding, familiar colour that there’s no surprise we are drawn to it year after year, and this year it’s deep blues that are looking to be the most on-trend. And it’s about really embracing the darker shades, not just bringing it into a neutral space with furniture, or a feature wall but going all over with an inky shade to create a dramatic and cocooning room.
‘The boldness and warmth found in blue will continue to be prominent in our homes. Darker colours form a much better background for paintings and artworks than white, which art galleries and museums have discovered.’ says Martin Waller, Founder of Andrew Martin.
Alternatives to Black
Black will never go out of style, but there’s a plethora of other shades that can bring that sense of depth and elegance into a room. As a part of their Colour Trends Forecast, Benjamin Moore highlights Wenge, a deep chocolate with notes of violet and black, as a great alternative to black.
Meanwhile, Pressman notes that “earthbound violet tones” are rising in popularity, as well. These deep shades of brown, purple, and green carry all the drama and strength that black does but feel unexpected and layered.
Overall, 2023 is expected to see vibrant colours come to the forefront of our interiors. As people continue to be more adventurous and experiment with more dynamic and energetic colour trends. However, the rich, dark colours will still have their part to play. Especially when it comes to enhancing/placing direct focus on artwork hung on the walls of houses across the country. If you’re thinking about experimenting with new colours in your house and would like the services of a professional painter and decorator, then there’s no need to look further than CAL, please do get in touch and we will make your colour dreams become a reality as part of your everyday life in 2023.