Color of the year 2023 from Valspar, Sherwin Williams and others

I realized it will never be hot outside. Every morning, I cautiously step out onto my balcony as I precariously balance my laptop, phone, and an overflowing cup of hot coffee in the hope that today will finally be the day it will be pleasant enough to sit outside, even for just 30 minutes. But it never is, so I turn on my heels, pour my coffee on my artificial turf carpet (the only green space 20 minutes’ walk from my apartment) and go back inside.

Spending all my time indoors means that, yes, I am sacrificing a tanned complexion and fresh air in favor of a room that is perpetually at a comfortable 72℉. But it also means that I spend a lot of time staring at the walls, daydreaming which shade of paint would look good in the room other than “rental white”. And now that a handful of brands have announced their choices for the Color of the Year 2023, my mind has gone wild (because God knows my body certainly won’t do it in this heat). Aside from the fact that the singular “color of the year” is now a collection of at least a dozen shades from brands like Valspar and Sherwin-Williams’ HGTV Home, I find myself imagining my bathroom walls painted in Blue Arrow (“a – blue duvet with a yellow undertone that gives a modern appeal to any space, “according to Valspar) or a colorful hallway with Sherwin-Williams’ conservative Restrained Gold from HGTV Home.

The colors of the year 2023 range from soft neutrals like Ivory Brown, Cozy White, Holmes Cream and Villa Gray by Valspar, all of which are begging to be transformed into a Jenni Kayne sweater, to warmer and bolder shades like Darkroom (the official “color” “of the year from Sherwin-Williams’ HGTV Home), Poetry Plum and the aptly named Wall Street, a predominantly gray hue that boasts the slightest undertone of financial security.

Photo of HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin Williams’ HGTV Home, Color of the Year 2023

From the net that convinced everyone to tear down their walls (and cover those that remain with the crash) comes this collaboration with Sherwin Williams. The lineup didn’t have specific descriptions for each color, so I took the liberty of writing them myself.

  • Darkroom: the official HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams The color of the year is this brown-black paint chip that will finally make you feel seeing that artistic guy sitting in the back of the bus.

  • Cool Beige: If cottagecore is experiencing its moment of style, painting the walls in your grandfather’s New Balance color is racing to the pinnacle of home decor trends.

  • Restrained Gold: AKA Old Money Gold. It is a tan-yellow that can only be used if your last name is Rockefeller, Mellon, Hearst, or Rothschild. No need to show it off, just use it in your summer house.

  • Natural Linen: For all those unnatural (creepy) shades of linen, this is bound to end up on the walls of fashion influencers who choose neutral or nothing.

  • Hot Cocoa: Jonathan and Drew are fooling overheated homeowners everywhere with this milk chocolate shade. Is it December already?

  • Austere Gray: Are you so over those silly shades of gray that they practically laugh at you when you walk down the hall? This stern shade of green-gray promises a cool shoulder and no respect for your work-life balance.

  • Poetry Plum: Apples are outside, plums are inside. Soften your cranky English teacher (surprise!) By painting his office this soothing shade of warm purple during Finals week. They will definitely rank on a curve.

  • Glamor: I swear I’ve seen Kim Kardashian’s Beats by Dre collaboration headphones in this pink-ishmauve-ishgrey-ish shade of purple. The devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder.

  • Pewter Green: If olive green still controls Facebook, Pewter Green is obsessed with #RushTok. This green shade is younger, more trendy, and literally has cool undertones.

  • Wall Street: Are you feeling sad about the Dow Jones futures? This cool blue-gray color is right there with you.

Photo of Valspar

Valspar color of the year 2023

Bad news for me, but better news for serious DIY enthusiasts: Valspar has shared their own descriptions for each of the 12 colors of the year, meaning you can make a more educated color choice for your home .

  • Ivory Brown: Soft and light, this natural color is calming, positive, and full of possibilities.

  • Cozy White: A warm, comfortable white that naturally elevates a room when paired with earthy and neutral wood tones.

  • Delicate Violet: Young and sophisticated, this softened violet embodies harmony and connectivity when accentuated with natural colors.

  • Blue Arrow: A refreshed blue with a yellow undertone that lends a modern appeal to any space.

  • Flora: Sophisticated and charming, this shade helps us appreciate what we have in life.

  • Desert Carnation: Naturally warm, this color that promotes comfort and self-expression with an elevated touch.

  • Green Trellis: Inspired by nature when paired with modern elements, this color creates a look with a contemporary appeal.

  • Rising Tide: An uplifting backdrop, combining a colorful eclectic aesthetic in a room for a personalized look.

  • Holmes Cream: A classic and reliable tan that embraces the sunlight, creating a welcoming environment. Southern Road: Rooted and natural, this soft clay embraces a life of simplicity and contentment.

  • Villa Gray: Natural and refined, this balanced neutral creates a clean interior for a stress-free aesthetic.

  • Everglade Deck: A midnight blue that balances elegance and calm, creating a rejuvenating space.


What shades are you competing for in your home? Let us know in the comments below!

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