DIYers, Grab Your Brushes—The 2023 Colors of the Years Are Here

I have come to the realization that it will never not be hot outside. Every morning, I carefully walk out onto my balcony while precariously balancing my laptop, phone, and an overflowing mug of hot coffee with the hopes that today will finally be the …

I have come to the realization that it will never not be hot outside. Every morning, I carefully walk out onto my balcony while precariously balancing my laptop, phone, and an overflowing mug of hot coffee with the hopes that today will finally be the day when it’s pleasant enough to sit outside, even for just 30 minutes. But it never is and thus, I turn on my heels, spilling coffee onto my artificial turf rug (the only green space within a 20-minute walk of my apartment), and head back inside.

Spending all my time indoors means that, yes, I’m sacrificing a bronzed complexion and fresh air in favor of a room that’s perpetually at a comfortable 72℉. But it also means that I spend a lot of time staring at the walls, daydreaming about what shade of paint would look good in the room beyond “rental white.” And now that a handful of brands have announced their picks for the 2023 Color of the Year, my mind is running wild (because Lord only knows my body certainly won’t in this heat). Overlooking the fact that the once singular “color of the year” is now a collection of at least a dozen hues from brands like Valspar and HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, I find myself imagining my bathroom walls painted in Blue Arrow (“a cooled-down blue with a yellow undertone that brings a modern charm to any space,” according to Valspar) or a hallway colored with the conservatively-named Restrained Gold from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams.

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Is Painter’s Tape Really Necessary?

I repaint the walls in my apartment so frequently that people often make the mistake of thinking I like to paint. Let me clarify: I do not like to paint. I find it to be among the more tedious home improvement tasks because it requires tons of prep, s…

I repaint the walls in my apartment so frequently that people often make the mistake of thinking I like to paint. Let me clarify: I do not like to paint. I find it to be among the more tedious home improvement tasks because it requires tons of prep, specific tools, and for the furniture to be in a state of disarray until it's done. What I truly like is easily changing up the vibe in my home, and painting, while annoying, is still one of the easiest (and cost-efficient!) ways to do that.

Everyone has their painting preferences, though, and lots of people will swear up and down that you need to tape off every last bit of your home while others say that tape is a complete waste of time.

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The Iconic ’70s Design Trend That’s Back in a Big Way

If you’ve ever added to cart a boldly striped tea towel, admired the optical illusions of Heath Ceramics tiles, or dreamed about how Marimekko’s classic Lokki pattern would look covering your couch, then you already know the power of bold graphics on a…

If you’ve ever added to cart a boldly striped tea towel, admired the optical illusions of Heath Ceramics tiles, or dreamed about how Marimekko’s classic Lokki pattern would look covering your couch, then you already know the power of bold graphics on a space: They add energy, vibrance and eye-popping personality. What you may not know is that many of these graphics have their roots in a style of wall art called “Supergraphics”.

Supergraphics was born in the 1960s, created by the pioneering San Francisco-based artist Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon for The Sea Ranch, an iconic 7000-acre coastal community in California. Conceived as a way of brightening the area’s often-foggy mood, Solomon’s high-impact combination of bold forms and primary colors have inspired artists and designers ever since, finding their way into public art (think: this pedestrian bridge in Jersey City or the punchy postcard typography of this mural in Austin’s historic 6th Street) and homes alike.

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8 Vibrant, Soothing & Unexpected Bathroom Paint Colors to Try

If your space is starting to feel just a little bit… blah, and you’re looking for a simple (and affordable!) refresh—well, you’ve come to the right place.

One of our go-to solutions for giving a home a quicker-than-anything makeover? Painting the wall…

If your space is starting to feel just a little bit… blah, and you’re looking for a simple (and affordable!) refresh—well, you’ve come to the right place.

One of our go-to solutions for giving a home a quicker-than-anything makeover? Painting the walls, of course—specifically our bathroom walls. In such a small space, paint can have truly transformational powers to add depth, create zen vibes, or even fake light and airiness. There are so many directions one can go in when it comes to making over this space; practically any color is fair game.

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2022’s Colors of the Year Have a Lot in Common

As each year draws to a close, I find myself anxiously awaiting the color trend reports for the following year. There’s just some sort of low-key optimism that comes along with the announcement—the anticipation of new things to come, and the comforting…

As each year draws to a close, I find myself anxiously awaiting the color trend reports for the following year. There’s just some sort of low-key optimism that comes along with the announcement—the anticipation of new things to come, and the comforting promise of change on the horizon.

Sure, the color trends could be taken at face value—corporate-picked hues selected to influence what shades all our favorite clothes and home accessories will be cast in in the following months—but they can also mean much more than that. In the past several years, companies like Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and more have used the palette as a porthole to a wider conversation about our world at large. Seen that way, the colors chosen as the following year’s trends are no longer just colors—they’re the physical embodiment of our conversations, our ethos, the times we live in.

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How to Pull Off Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets

For many homeowners, pulling together a kitchen can be formulaic: combine one part white subway tile backsplash with one part white cabinetry and one part quartz countertop, and mix well to combine. And while those tried-and-true staples are never goin…

For many homeowners, pulling together a kitchen can be formulaic: combine one part white subway tile backsplash with one part white cabinetry and one part quartz countertop, and mix well to combine. And while those tried-and-true staples are never going out of style, what if we told you there was a fun dash of “seasoning” you could incorporate into the recipe for the perfect kitchen?

Enter two-toned cabinetry. Defined primarily as upper cabinetry and lower cabinetry that are painted in different colors (though it can take on various iterations—more on that below), it's a great way to add a little something extra to your space without going so trendy that you regret it five years later.

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5 Colors You’re Probably Not Using in Your Home—But Should

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wit…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her tips for transforming a balcony.


Whether you prefer a neutral color palette or want to throw a rainbow over your home, the colors you pick for your space have a big impact on decor—but also mood and energy. The good news? There are absolutely no rules when it comes to which colors you pick (we’re team helpful guidance over here, not team prescriptive direction).

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Why Brown Is the Bold Neutral Your Walls Need

When it came time to convince my family that I wanted to paint the dining room brown, I decided the word “chocolate” would be my secret weapon. In fact, I had the specifics in mind: I would add that it was the paint equivalent of my favorite Valrhona G…

When it came time to convince my family that I wanted to paint the dining room brown, I decided the word “chocolate” would be my secret weapon. In fact, I had the specifics in mind: I would add that it was the paint equivalent of my favorite Valrhona Guanaja 70 percent, melted with a bit of French butter. Not too dark, not too milky.

What I didn’t tell them was that I’d already found the paint, and that it was arriving via FedEx from Dorset, England, the very next day.

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The 15 Shades of White Paint Top Designers Swear By

Deciding to paint a room white is easy. Picking out the right shade, however, can seem downright impossible thanks to the sheer volume of highly-nuanced options available. We have you covered, though. Today, 15 of our favorite designers are sharing the…

Deciding to paint a room white is easy. Picking out the right shade, however, can seem downright impossible thanks to the sheer volume of highly-nuanced options available. We have you covered, though. Today, 15 of our favorite designers are sharing the tried-and-true hues they keep at the ready. From warm to cool, their go-tos are sure to work in any room, no matter the amount of light it gets or its underpinning style.

Jessica Blue, Jessica Blue Interiors

“I love Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White because it has the depth of whitewashed villas you see in Grecian architecture. It is equally cool as it is warm, and is a beautiful neutral backdrop for any space.”

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4 Interior Designer-Vetted Tips for Picking Bedroom Paint Colors

Even if you don’t necessarily spend a lot of time in your bedroom—and are asleep for most of the time you do spend in there—it’s still worthwhile to make the room beautiful. A well-decorated bedroom will not only bring you joy, but also help you relax …

Even if you don’t necessarily spend a lot of time in your bedroom—and are asleep for most of the time you do spend in there—it’s still worthwhile to make the room beautiful. A well-decorated bedroom will not only bring you joy, but also help you relax and unwind at the end of the day—and wake up on the right side of the bed each morning.

If you’re planning to give your bedroom a lil’ facelift, one of the key decisions you’ll need to make is what color to paint the walls. That’s easier said than done, though, as there are quite literally thousands of hues to choose from—so many, in fact, that you might not know where to start.

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