2023 Paint Color Forecast: 6 Shades Predicted to Be Popular

Plus, how to showcase these must-have colors in your home.

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Each year, paint manufacturers and color experts share their predictions for the paint colors they expect to trend in the year ahead. If you love color and nature, you'll be thrilled with the organic, nature-inspired shades forecasted to be popular in 2023. Whether you’re drawn to soft earth tones, forest greens, or spicier hues, our roundup of predicted top paint colors for 2023 will help provide beautiful inspiration for your next project.

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Forest Greens

2023 paint colors

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According to paint manufacturers’ 2023 color forecasts, a connection to the earth and its natural resources is the guiding influence on predicted paint color trends in the year ahead. Consider shades of green that evoke the forest, grass, and other elements of nature.

The great outdoors are forecasted to influence consumer color selections and paint undertones. To bring the outside inside, look for organic, muddy shades of green like moss and sage to bring a little nature into your home.

Cabinet Paint Color: Laurel Woods (diluted with 25% white) by Sherwin-Williams

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Creamy Whites

blank canvas by Behr

Courtesy of Behr

In general, paint colors have been slowly but steadily trending warmer throughout the past few years, and manufacturers expect this shift from neutral whites to richer, creamier shades of white in paint and furnishings to continue in 2023.

In fact, Behr predicted this trend with the announcement of its 2023 color of the year, Blank Canvas. The warm, creamy shade of white features very slight organic green and brown undertones. It’s an ideal backdrop upon which to feature other complementary paint colors.

Wall Color: Blank Canvas by Behr

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Earthy Blues

2023 paint colors

Lucy Call; Courtesy of Studio McGee

Blues continue to be popular with homeowners, according to color experts. While blues have trended cooler in the past, this year’s forecasted blues are richer, deeper, and cozier. Expect to see blue paint colors and accessories (like this Better Homes & Gardens Stoneware Candle, $11, Walmart) that are warmer and feature either brown or green undertones.

Earthy shades of mineral blue, such as what’s found in granite, and soft, watery blues are also hues you can expect to see in 2023.

Paint Color: Riverway by Sherwin-Williams

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Organic Neutrals

mindful gray by Sherwin-Williams

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Even as we trend toward more color in home design, calming neutral hues will remain a staple. A soothing, neutral backdrop provides the perfect foundation for bolder pops of colors in art, rugs, and pillows, letting you layer your favorite hues as little or as much as you like.

Paint manufacturers have forecasted a wide array of nature-inspired neutrals for 2023. These organic, earth-tone hues have slight green or brown undertones that subtly connect our spaces with the outdoors. Popular organic neutrals include mushroom, clay, and flax.

Paint Color: Mindful Gray by Sherwin-Williams

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Spicy Hues

cinnamon by Benjamin Moore

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

We’ve come a long way from the monochromatic days of cool grays and all-white spaces popular in home design five years ago. Today, bright pops of color are practically everywhere, even in bath linens (like this Better Homes & Gardens Caldwell Stripe Bath Towel, $11, Walmart). If you like a little kick to your color palette, your spice cabinet can provide inspiration. Experts forecast warm shades of cinnamon, smoky paprika, and dry mustard will be popular 2023 paint colors.

Wall Color: Cinnamon by Benjamin Moore

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Dark, Moody Shades

2023 paint colors

Courtesy of Park & Oak

Dark. moody colors will continue to be a popular trend with homeowners in the year ahead. In fact, many of the nature-inspired shades forecasted for 2023 are rich, deep warmer shades that are the perfect hues for creating a cozy den-like space. 

Contrasting a walls or cabinetry with a dark color like chestnut, cranberry, or other rich jewel tone is a stunning way to make a statement and incorporate color into an otherwise neutral space.

Paint Color: Dark Night by Sherwin-Williams 

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