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Designers Reveal the Paint Color Trends of Fall 2023—And They’re Gorgeous

Wrap your rooms in coziness.

By Caitlin Clark

When the temperatures turn crisp, we love to get comfy with a luxe throw or cloud-like sweater. And since home is where we create our fall cocoon, it’s lovely to wrap our walls up in something cozy as well. Whether you’re rethinking a room or refreshing some cabinets, we tapped a group of designers for their expert insights into the top fall 2023 paint color trends.

Our design-minded guiding lights this fall include Becca Stern, co-founder and creative director of Mustard Made; Kristin Marino of KozyKasa; Sarah Tract of Sarah Tract Interiors; and Demaudecia Taylor, color consultant at Farrow & Ball.

Creamy white fall 2023 paint color trends
Image by Kate Zimmerman Turpin

The following shades a trends may vary, but a sense of warmth connects them all.

#1. Creamy White > Crisp White

As we bid the sterile white wall trend a long overdue adieu, we’re welcoming in a new kind of neutral. “Going for a creamier, warmer white instead of the crisp, bright white we’ve been seeing in recent years is a great way to warm up your space while still keeping a neutral palette,” shares Kristin Marino of KozyKasa.

A few of Marino’s favorite warm whites…

School House by White Farrow & Ball

A soft, off-white that’s perfect for warming up trims and wooden doors.

Indian White by Benjamin Moore

A warm white with subtle nuances.

Farrow & Ball’s Demaudecia Taylor seconds the trend with her own pick, Au Lait No. CB9, which will pair beautifully with all the fall colors in this story.

Earthy green bathroom fall 2023 paint color trends.

#2. Earthy Greens

“My favorite color for autumn 2023 would have to be Sage,” shares Mustard Made founder Becca Stern, who drenched her sons’ room in the calming, earthy shade of green—a perfect match with the Australian brand’s Sage-hued line.

“It pairs beautifully with deeper, traditional autumnal colors, like rust and olive,” Stern adds. “It’s also really versatile and can be used in just about any room, from a kid’s bedroom to a kitchen or workspace. If you want to go all-in sage is a great option for color drenching your space. Or, for a more subtle approach, it can be used as a highlight to a room, through painted trim or a statement furniture piece.”

Saged by Backdrop Paint

An earthy green with olive undertones.

Jewel tone bookshelf fall 2023 paint color trends.
Image by Suruchi Avasthi

#3. Jewel Tones

“Rich hues and jewel-toned colors are perfect for welcoming autumn,” shares Taylor, a color consultant for Farrow & Ball. “Here are a couple of colors that are quickly rising in popularity.”

Brinjal No.222 by Farrow & Ball

Both Taylor and designer Sarah Tract are fans of this rich Bordeaux red.

De Nimes No. 299 by Farrow & Ball

This grounding, earthy blue brings a rich and organic feel to every room from the kitchen to the most relaxing bedrooms.

#4. Warm and Timeless

Though we love the idea of eternally tweaking and redecorating, painting is still a pricey—and usually inconvenient—commitment. You can paint with confidence thanks to Demaudecia Taylor’s and Sarah Tract’s picks, which are as timeless as they are warm.

Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams

“The happy medium between grey and beige to give you that perfect shade of greige!” – Sarah Tract

Templeton Pink No. 303 by Farrow & Ball

“Templeton Pink is a fan favorite. You can add this warm and inviting hue to spaces such as a study or a dining room, which will bring the perfect amount of cozy to your home.” – Demaudecia Taylor

Swiss Coffee a Paint Color by Benjamin Moore

“The best cream that is soft and cozy” – Sarah Tract

#5. Dusty Hues and Browns

Dusty lilacs and plums are a gorgeous part of 2023’s purple paint resurgence. A few of Marino’s favorites include…

Brassica No. 271 by Farrow & Ball

A moody, more sophisticated lavender.

Muskoka Dusk CC-6 by Benjamin Moore

A plum-like purple with rosy undertones.

“Just like in fashion, brown hues are also trending in interiors,” Marino adds. “Be careful with this one so you don’t date your space. Rather [than beiges], opt for rich brown tones to give a desert feel.”

A few of my favorites include:

Dead Salmon by Farrow & Ball

With pink undertones, this soothing color looks exquisite in candlelight.

London Clay by Farrow & Ball

Magenta pigment gives this charming brown its richness.

Sable by Sherwin Williams

Rich and cozy, with a hint of orange.