By: Eleanor King & Maurice King


Tags: Real Estate

Coral, blue-greens, neutrals, warm earth tones all on trend

Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home and are eager to make it your own or want to refresh some of the tired spaces in the house you’ve called home for years, choosing a new colour palette can be a challenge. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. 

Every year, paint brands select a Colour of the Year – a hue inspired by trends in pop culture, fashion, technology and design from around the world. We’ve pulled together some of the 2023 Colours of the Year and provide some insight into each brand’s choice and tips on how to incorporate the colours into your home:  

BEAUTITONE. Moments is a calming, shaded blue with an influence of green. “Moments is reflective of Canadians’ continued desire for stability and comfort as we focus on moving forward in our daily lives,” says Creative Manager Darryl Allen. “Evoking feelings that are nostalgic and hopeful, this reliable hue brings a renewed appreciation for our ability to create lasting, meaningful moments in spite of adversity.” 

BEHR PAINT. Blank Canvas is a hopeful and welcoming warm white meant to inspire tranquility and renewal. “This white easily harmonizes with a wide range of hues, including neutrals, earth tones and pastels for a charming and cozy appeal,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative services. 

“Blank Canvas also pairs beautifully with black for a dramatic impact and with bright accents like green or cobalt blue to instantly lift your mood.” According to research by Behr Paint in the U.S., 77 per cent of respondents agree the colour white makes them feel positive, while 71 per cent say it even lowers their stress levels.

BENJAMIN MOORE. Raspberry Blush is “a confident and charismatic shade of red-orange,” according to the brand. The vibrant coral colour energizes a room, commands attention and is the definition of “charismatic colour,” it adds. “People are ready to bring colour back into the home, taking a step outside their colour comfort zones,” says Colour Marketing & Development Director Andrea Magno.

Benjamin Moore’s 2023 palette also includes Starry Night Blue, a radiant navy blue with a touch of violet in its undertone, North Sea Green, which blends grey-blue hues and blue-green, Cinnamon, a rich brown touched by orange undertones, and Wenge, a deep chocolate with hints of brown, black and violet. 

DULUX BY PPG. Vining Ivy is a blend of blue and green. “As opposed to softer neutrals that have been popular in recent years, the new nature-inspired tones are bolder and more expressive, reflecting an optimistic mood as we emerge ready for the next normal,” says Brand Manager Mitsu Dhawan. Consider using the colour in rooms in which you’d like to relax and unwind, such as a living room or bedroom. Warm metal or wood accessories amp up the comfort level. 

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS. Redend Point is a soulful blush-beige with subtle pink undertones that make it easy to incorporate into any space. “It is a heartening hue that invites compassion and connection into any space,” says Director of Colour Marketing Sue Wadden. “The colour is a natural choice for those looking for a warm and joyful neutral in both interiors and exteriors.”

SICO PAINT BRAND BY PPG. Melt Water is a grounded, refreshing teal. “On the other side of the pandemic, people are looking for a mental reset and want to infuse their homes with invigorating colours that help give them a boost as well as refuge in today’s unpredictable world,” says Senior Marketing Manager Martin Fuchs. Consider pairing Melt Water with deep-toned woods and off-white trim. For a more luxurious feel, accessorize it with golden accents and bright white trim. Create curb appeal by painting the front door in the blue-green hue. 

VALSPAR BY SHERWIN-WILLIAMS. This brand couldn’t settle on a Colour of the Year, instead offering an entire palette of nature-inspired hue. Ivory Brown is a washed brown inspired by the shades in nature, Cozy White is a comfortable white with a yellow undertone, Gentle Violet is a white softened by a violet undertone, and Blue Arrow is a cooled down blue with a slight yellow undertone.

Its colour palette also includes Flora, a deep blackened olive, Desert Carnation, a faded natural terracotta, Green Trellis, a hazy green, Rising Tide, a light blue, Holmes Cream, a classic tan, Southern Road, a muted clay with a brown undertone, Villa Grey, a cool grey balanced by the warmth of the yellow undertone, and Everglade Deck, a deep midnight blue.

The King Home Team: Royal Heritage Realty hopes you enjoy selecting a colour palette that reflects your family’s personality and the way you live in your home!