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2023 Colors of the Year Aim to Inspire

Posted on the 12/21/2022 by Karndean Designflooring

An overall departure from the soothing color palettes we’ve seen the past couple of years, the 2023 colors of the year (as named by paint and industry color authorities) include shades of white, black and vibrant pops of colors in between. If you’re looking for color inspiration around which to base your upcoming projects, one of these colors just may be the solution! Plus, we add our recommendations of Karndean floors to pair with each color.

HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams: Darkroom


Top photo courtsey HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams. Bottom (left to right): Pale Limed Oak, Neutral Oak, Palazzo Marble.

A shade of black doesn’t necessarily equate to a dark and moody space, it can also exude sophistication, as HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams’ Darkroom does. According to the company, Darkroom “this alluring black is a classic for heritage interiors, yet modernly retro for a throwback inspired interior.” From hospitality spaces to boutique retail stores and even multifamily common areas, this shade can lend itself to a classic monochromatic color scheme or a neutral base against which to use pops of color.

For a classic monochrome or even Art Deco-inspired interior, pair Darkroom with one of our marble visuals like our Palazzo Marble rigid core herringbone (also available in 18” x 24” tiles). If you prefer to go the modern retro route or want to add warmth to your space, our Pale Limed Oak (also available in rigid core) will add the touch of warmth you seek. For a more neutral flooring choice our Neutral Oak has some slight gray undertones that will complement Darkroom well.

Sherwin Williams: Redend Point


Top photo courtesy Sherwin Williams. Bottom (left to right): Marrakesh, Character Walnut, Oxford Grey.

Perhaps you’re looking for a more calming, earthy influence. Sherwin Williams describes its color of the year, Redend Point as “minimal yet cozy” color that “creates a comforting backdrop for the everyday moments that matter.”

If you want to capitalize on the coziness, pair Redend Point with a floor that has rich warm tones like Character Walnut. If you love this color, but prefer your floor be the focal point, Marrakesh’s chalky terra tones and geometric forms allows for a playful incorporation of pattern. Or for a tile look that won’t focus from the color, consider Oxford Grey.

Behr: Blank Canvas


Top image courtsey Behr. Bottom (left to right): Taupe Oak, Weathered Elm, Shadow Lace.

Perhaps you’re creating a space that allows you to recharge and be inspired. Behr takes this concept to the limit with its 2023 color of the year, Blank Canvas, described as “a hopeful and welcoming warm white with limitless possibilities to help transform any vision into a reality.”

While you could pair this color with nearly any of our luxury vinyl floors, our recommendations include Weathered Elm for a contemporary space; Taupe Oak for a traditional or transitional style; or Shadow Lace, whose light pattern could add some needed texture to a minimalist space.

PPG: Vining Ivy

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Top image courtsey PPG. Bottom (left to right): Ashland, Spring Oak, Glenmore Oak.

PPG’s choice for color of the year is different from every other color of the year mentioned here. According to the company, Vining Ivy’s Carribbean aqua coloring with turquoise undertones “can be considered traditional, classic or elegant.” We can envision this color being used in hotels, restaurants, retail and corporate office applications.

To match traditional and classic styles, our Spring Oak and Glenmore Oak floors would beautifully complement Vining Ivy. For a more contemporary approach, look to Ashland.

Benjamin Moore: Raspberry Blush


Top image courtesy Benjamin Moore. Bottom (left to right): Natural Scandi Pine, Pearl Oak, Ivory Riven Slate

If you’re looking to make a bold color statement in 2023, Benjamin Moore’s Raspberry Blush should do the trick. “This unapologetic shade of red orange” was “inspired by an artist’s desire to communicate through color, shape and sound.”

With such a bright color, we recommend keeping the floor simple and light with something like Natural Scandi Pine or Ivory Riven Slate (both of which are available in gluedown and rigid core, see SCB-KP133 or SCB-ST18-G) or Pearl Oak.

Pantone: Viva Magenta


Top image courtesy Pantone. Bottom (left to right): Vanilla Oak, Limed Coastal Oak, Drift.

Equally bold is Pantone®’s 2023 color of the year, Viva Magenta. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says, “In this age of technology, we look to draw inspiration from nature and what is real…Rooted in the primordial, Viva Magenta reconnects us to original matter.”

Although this isn’t a paint color, if you’re inspired by similar shades we recommend Drift as a tile look to pair it with; Vanilla Oak for a contemporary look; or Limed Coastal Oak for a coastal-inspired or slightly rustic space.

Planning to incorporate any of the 2022 colors of the year into upcoming projects? Order free swatch samples of your favorite complementary Karndean colors!