10 of the best paint colors to launch in the last year – the new classics for decorating you might not have even heard of

From subtle sages to raging reds, here are our best picks of the fresh new shades on the block

A dining room in a soft pink neutral color
(Image credit: Lick)

So far, 2023 has seen many a new trend, theme, and color scheme enter the design stage. We've watched boucle textiles find their fame, so-called 'quiet interiors' take over our styling, and grey shades slowly be usurped by sandy beiges. We've also welcomed a fair amount of other new paint shades to the block, too. 

Despite not even reaching the year's halfway mark, 2023 has proven to be a time of bold, brave, and bright new hues. As we look to inject vibrant personality into our homes, jewel tones have proven the most popular newcomer on the scene with many of our favorite paint brands introducing new deep-pigmented hues. That's not to say that a natural neutral doesn't still have its place. Sandy, desert beiges seem to be the new grey, offering a delicate and versatile alternative to their darker counterpart. Pastels still prevail too, with subtle sages and salmons still proving a popular choice for a more calming scheme. 

Spoilt for choice? We think so, too. A privileged situation to be in, it nevertheless makes choosing your next on-trend shade for your fresh paint ideas even harder. So, to ease the process, we've chosen our 10 favorite new paint colors to launch in the last year. From subtle sages to raging reds, here are our best picks. 

Best new neutral tones

Best jewel tones

Best delicates and pastels 

Lilith Hudson
News Editor

Lilith Hudson is the News Editor at Livingetc, and an expert at decoding trends and reporting on them as they happen. Writing news, features, and explainers for our digital platform, she's the go-to person for all the latest micro-trends, interior hacks, and color inspiration you need in your home. Lilith discovered a love for lifestyle journalism during her BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham where she spent more time writing for her student magazine than she did studying. After graduating, she decided to take things a step further and now holds an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London, with previous experience at the Saturday Times Magazine, Evening Standard, DJ Mag, and The Simple Things Magazine. At weekends you'll find her renovating a tiny one-up, one-down annex next to her Dad's holiday cottage in the Derbyshire dales where she applies all the latest design ideas she's picked up through the week.