2023 Ideas to Steal: Colors, Paint, & Wallcoverings

Whether incorporated through wallcoverings, paint, or art, color and pattern add bold bouts of personality and electricity to your most-loved spaces

Jewel-Tone Drip

Photo by Kendra Denault

Steer clear of “sad beige,” and opt instead for jewel-toned selections like Twigg + Lu Design Co. did inside this remodeled dining room, which is drenched in a deep blue hue with pops of pretty pink. Itching to make it your own? Ponder plum, emerald, navy, or magenta to cash in on this colorful concept.

The Walls Have … Whimsy?

Victoria Sass of Prospect Refuge Studio offers five tips for working with wallcoverings

Beyond the Walls
Consider papering unexpected places, such as cabinets or closets, for a whimsical touch.

Feel It Out
Use fabrics on walls for a softer feel. You’ll have to go the extra step of having it professionally backed, but it’s worth going the extra mile for a unique and cozy look.

Magic by Murals
For another paper-like alternative that’s deeply customizable, think about incorporating a meaningful mural.

Matchy & Monochrome
When you really love a print (and want to make a big impact), consider a wallpaper with coordinating fabric for an immersive pattern approach. Prospect Refuge Studio’s Triangle Park project, shown left, went big with a French pattern for walls and drapery—including a curtained bookcase.

Pass on Pattern
Paper doesn’t always have to mean pattern. Give your space a moody vibe with subtle, gradient-inspired color.

Warm Up With Wood

Photo by Vondelinde

The coordinating wood vanity and board-and-batten wall treatment within this Craftsman-style primary bath remodel by Leona Rose Interiors effortlessly showcase the resurging popularity of warm wood tones in cabinetry and built-ins alike.

Trend Alert: Tickled Peach

Although browns, creams, and warmer whites will continue to thrive, brighter and bolder shades such as mauve, peach, and coral are taking hold.

Tangled Up in Blue

Photo by Spacecrafting

Late last year, web-based photo editor Pixlr conducted a study to determine the most popular color in every state. It found Minnesota’s top hue is blue, and it’s bleeding into the worlds of home decor and interior design. Courtesy of Swan Architecture, Anderson Reda, and Harris Weldon Interiors, this beautiful pantry and bar area—boasting glossy finishes, a mirrored backsplash, gold-gilded finishes, and a one-of-a-kind feathery fixture—is proof.

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