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Sherwin-Williams’s 2023 Color of the Year Is Here

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Leading paint brand Sherwin-Williams has revealed the 2023 Color of the Year—and we want to swaddle ourselves in swaths of this subtle take on pink (in tandem with an enthusiastic lover, of course). Redend Point SW 9081, part of Sherwin-Williams’s 2023 Colormix Forecast, is a warm, modern mauve that conjures a timeless elegance and is brimming with romance, without being extravagantly showy. And it just might be the calming color hug we need going into next year.

Sherwin-Williams’s 2023 color of the year: Redend Point SW 9081.
Sherwin-Williams

“It’s if beige could blush,” says Sue Wadden, the color marketing director at Sherwin-Williams. “It’s a pink-undertone neutral that is warm and earthy, and it has a certain softness and soothing quality to it that is really unique.”

The warm shade is a brave departure from the prior year’s cooler, more brooding tones (see 2022’s Evergreen Fog and 2021’s Urbane Bronze). Redend Point, which Sherwin-Williams describes as a “nostalgic mid-tone,” is pink-meets-gray-meets-beige. “We know neutrals have reigned supreme for the past 10 years, but now we’re seeing different interpretations of these hues,” Wadden says. “People are embracing neutral versions of greens, blues, browns—all hues that help us feel grounded. And we felt that Redend Point really broadcast how color can be not only grounding but nurturing, reassuring, and familiar.”

sherwin williams color of the year 2023
Sherwin-Williams

Coming on the heels of Sherwin Williams’s 2023 Terra paint colors collection rollout, the new tint is a result of almost a year’s worth of research and trend forecasting. “We have an annual forecast meeting in February where we determine what will be the drivers for color trends in the upcoming season,” Wadden says. “In this year’s meeting, we really dialed into the conversation about empathy and humanity, and how we wanted the Color of the Year to fall in line with this idea of being good to each other.”

In color psychology, pink is thought to be associated with love and romance, even tenderness and empathy. In design, it has shown to have a calming effect on people. In fact, sports teams have painted the opposing team’s locker pink to gain a pregame psychological advantage against opponents, as the color would make the players passive and less energetic. Aside from its nurturing associations, this soulful blush-beige also has roots in the natural world and in wellness. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the color of all your yoga, meditation, and mental health apps.

Going beyond behaviorism, Sherwin-Williams’s decision to opt for this blushing hue is especially on point with our current moment. While bubblegum pink was the It color during the early 2000s (we were here for it, Brittany), the rise of minimalism in design brought with it a new pink, a grown-up pink that eschewed the neon tones of our Barbie-loving years (at least until it’s nostalgic in a cool way) with a moodier, desaturated hue. Little wonder, then, that the Terra collection offers the reassuring earth tones many of us want to be enveloped in in our hallways and bedrooms: natural clays, sunbaked sands, restful neutrals, and this blush-beige.

sherwin williams color of the year 2023
Sherwin-Williams

Wadden suggests pairing Redend Point with nature-inspired textiles, wood tones, metallic accents, or vintage accessories, which would really pop against this muted tone. Complementary green shades pair well with this hue. Rich reds, gentle greens, muted grays, and other earth tones offer eclectic color combinations. “I’m loving the pastoral vibe with teeny little floral prints and almost a 1980s pastoral farmhouse look, but a Shaker style,” she noted. “This color rocks with that.” Whether you’re going for a more glamorous luxe look in the tune of Mara Brock Akil’s stunning rosé room in Los Angeles, a playful Palm Springs style, or an earthy bohemian look, this shade goes with many design styles that are relevant right now.

With color forecasting, Wadden says color trends don’t happen overnight. “I think it’s going to take people a little bit to understand this color and why it’s important right now,” she says. “But I think that we’re going to continue to see this embracing of color in different ways.”

Whether you’re considering adding a touch of Redend Point detailing for your cozy reading corner, or have a hankering to go for a continuous three-wall-color situation, this year’s Color of the Year offers a little moment romantique for everyone. As for someone to share it with—we’ll leave that one up to you.

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