It’s hard to beat a white wall when creating a blank canvas for furnishings and artwork. Behr’s color of the year, a creamy off-white, is a great example of the benefit of a neutral base. But if you are ready for your walls to make a statement of their own, several paint manufacturers have made their choices to create a color palette that positively pops. See if one strikes your fancy enough to spruce up a space somewhere inside your home.
REDEND POINT SW 9081
One of the more muted shades of the bunch, Redend Point is a blush-beige earthy hue that is suggestive of desert tones. Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing tells us, “If you put it next to beige, Redend Point really looks like a color. But on its own, you see that it really does act like a neutral, so it’s well-behaved.”
BLANK CANVAS DC-003
Knowing there is always a need for a soft white to bring a sense of calm to a space, Behr brings us Blank Canvas. With a creamy undertone, this off-white has a subtle touch of yellow in a nearly neutral hue that lets you refresh a room and set the stage for endless possibilities. Use it to create a welcoming atmosphere in an entry or hallway.
RASPBERRY BLUSH 2008-30
The team at Benjamin Moore believes we are ready to take a step outside our comfort zone and bring color back into our homes. Called an “unapologetic shade of red orange” this hue will introduce high energy into your space regardless of whether it is used to blanket the walls or as an accent color on a piece of furniture.
PPG and Glidden
VINING IVY PPG1148-6
A deep, shaded, Caribbean aqua with a turquoise undertone, Vining Ivy from PPG and Glidden is described by Ashley McCollum, the color expert at Glidden, as “energizing yet grounding.” This versatile teal can be used as an accent wall with lighter muted aqua tones around it. Or use it on the exterior with darker woods or off-white trim.
Farrow & Ball
Not limiting their choice to just one color, Farrow & Ball introduced 11 new colors for 2023. Kittiwake is a clean, sophisticated blue with a touch of black pigment to create a warmer, more relaxed feel. The manufacturer states that this hue stays truly blue in all lighting. In the kitchen it’s a great complement to stainless steel appliances.
Farrow & Ball
A second new hue from Farrow & Ball is Bamboozle, a spirited red. “This is a fantastic accent color,” says Joa Studholme, colour curator for Farrow & Ball. She suggests using it in a powder room, on a kitchen island, or in another small space. She says, “It’s a way of introducing people to color so they realize it’s not quite as frightening as they might think.”