5 Paint Color Trends on Their Way Out

Updated: Mar. 30, 2023

Wondering which paint trends are on their way out in 2023? Here's what you need to know.

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We’ve seen how home decor trends come and go, but what about paint colors? For years, it felt like the grip that neutrals had on interior designers and homeowners alike would never fade. But in 2023, you might be surprised which interior design trends gain momentum—and yes, that extends to paint colors too.

If you’re curious to learn more about the five paint colors that are declining in popularity in 2023, you’re in the right place. Of course, you’re the best judge of what color would look best in your space, and if you need suggestions, you can check out this list of the best interior paint colors. Nevertheless, you’ll probably start seeing these five shades much less frequently this year.

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Pastel Pink

The once-beloved Millennial Pink is out, and it’s time to say hello to updated, deeper hues. Even though you might still see pops of this Pepto Bismol-esque shade in homes, it’s largely diminishing in popularity because it can easily overwhelm a living space. Instead, designers are opting for bolder, sometimes darker, colors. Take a cue from Pantone’s color of the year, for example, and opt for magenta instead.

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Gray

Gray may never fully go out of style, but there’s definitely a movement toward bright, cozy whites and earthy taupe this year. Generally speaking, homeowners are embracing color and warm neutrals in their living spaces right now in place of gray. Need proof? Just consider Sherwin Williams’ color of the year: Redend Point.

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Green

Remember how green was all the rage in 2022? Well, this year it’s getting a facelift as homeowners reach for teal paint more frequently than green. Paint manufacturer Glidden even named Vining Ivy, a luxurious teal hue, its 2023 Color of the Year.

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Purple

This year’s most popular colors are reminiscent of the natural world, which explains why purple isn’t at the top of the list and could experience a decline in popularity. Sure, Pantone selected a periwinkle hue as its 2022 Color of the Year, but it’s 2023 now, and homeowners aren’t as interested in decorating with purple paint this year.

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Shallow Neutrals

This isn’t exactly about one specific color, but overall, people are ready to invigorate their homes by adding depth and boldness. Homeowners are bored with one-dimensional neutrals that don’t add any visual interest to their homes.

Now that there’s an opportunity to experiment with color, people are taking it. For instance, instead of picking true gray, you might consider an earthy or jewel tone to add intrigue when painting your space. Interestingly, light neutrals are still extremely popular for exterior painting.