If soft and simple balanced hues designed to promote peacefulness are calling your name, these colors introduced this time last year from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams will appeal. There’s something easy to love and timeless about this particular collection. We often see edgy or outlandish colors introduced in trendy roundups (like avant garde couture strutting down the catwalk). So before we see what’s all the rage for 2023, let’s rediscover a few favorite natural Earthy paint colors that will never fall from favor.
Can’t resist knowing what some folks think are THE interior design trends for 2023? Fine.
Let me know if you agree or are excited about any trend in particular!
Natural Earthy Paint Colors That Will Never Fall From Favor
What comes to mind when you hear “softened refuge?”
Because it’s just the mood I want to set in my own home. I think of a gorgeous kitchen with mossy gingham curtains like the one Amy Chalmers created (above) with its collected treasures and charming green accents.
Paint colors that feel comforting to you can make all the difference.
A softened refuge need not be precious or frilly. Lord knows the homes I have made were filled with rough around the edges pieces to withstand time, rambunctious kids, parties, and neglect.
You’ll find these 10 tranquil paint colors to create a sanctuary mood exclusively at Lowe’s, and sampling them is easy.
Why bother with trending paint colors?
What I appreciate about the collection is how they do not feel trendy at all. Who has time to be re-painting rooms as new and en vogue color crushes emerge from fashion runways or TikTok? We also looked at trending colors RIGHT HERE.
Give me earthy, timeless, classic colors that feel gentle and soothing so home can feel like like a retreat.
And give me a gentle landing so that when the strong winds of life-y life blow, there is sheltering calm from the storm.
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I can’t help but notice that while tranquil, these colors are also the type of sophisticated tones that aren’t easy to name…mirroring the uncertainty in our post-pandemic world and the 2020s!
Like naturally calm greens? Sherwin-Williams RETREAT
Retreat might not initially strike you as a green paint color when you see it in that infographic with the collection, but aren’t those muddied colors always the best?
Can’t quite pigeonhole the color? That color is probably a friend of mine.
Here is how HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams describes the restful shade of green:
“A sophisticated organic green, Retreat is rooted in nature and brings a calming influence to shared spaces.”
Does Retreat remind you of SW Acacia Haze?
A SW Green Similar to RETREAT
Remember this video I showed you with the April Tomlinson-designed home tour?
Well, I can’t stop thinking about that Acacia Haze green she used in this home. (Click play and watch it – you’ll thank me!).
Isn’t it inspiring with the gorgeous millwork?
So many designs feature boarded walls these days (that’s what Rita Konig calls them…I took her interior design course last year HERE).
How Do Paint Colors Reflect Modern Culture?
I think it’s another example (like the SOFTENED REFUGE collection) of a design response to so many folks aching, angst-ing, and healing in the 2020s.
The warmth of wood and earthy tones feels more comforting than cool modern greys of pre-pandemic years.
I would love to hear about your experience if you sample these greens side by side! Do tell!
Love a Tranquil Blue? HGSW 3355 Aleutian: Washed Indigo Blue
I alluded to Aleutian in that post about 2022 trends (see what I did there?), and it’s pretty dreamy considering Sherwin-Williams crowned it COLOR OF THE YEAR:
They say of this blue:
“Create space for refuge with this perfectly balanced washed indigo that sets a restful tone. Because it’s grounded in both warm and cool tones, it brings relaxation to any room.”
I feel like it could be amazing in a country kitchen or mud room as a soothing, slightly coastal, slightly French inspired happy blue sky moment.
What Warm White Paint Feels Comforting? SW Alabaster
By now, you know this tried and true creamy white used often by Joanna Gaines and interior designers everywhere.
It made the cut for this collection, maybe because it plays so nicely with the neighboring peaceful paint colors on the list.
But I have to tell you a lesson about it I just learned.
Why Sample Paint Colors First?
Sample it first! And then maybe try a gallon rather than a bunch of gallons all at once. Because I thought this color would work well in the entry of our current home (my favorite bright whites were too cold). But NO, FRIEND. It looks yellow when the afternoon sun hits it.
Instead, I stuck with the original color: Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray. I’m continuing to listen to what the house wants, and it obviously has reservations about warm tones I thought would be swell.
You just never know what a paint color will look like in your unique space so don’t think it’s a one and done deal even for paint color experts (that would be…moi).
Need a few more paint color ideas? Here’s a SW Moody Green: Rosemary
Finding Lovely showed us just how chic and neutral Rosemary can live when it is mixed at 50% as she did for a son’s beautiful bedroom.
Psst. Easiest way to see if a color is right? Order samples with Samplize and have them delivered straight to your door.
And don’t you feel grateful that folks take the time to take these close-ups to truly capture a green like this?
I wish my rosemary plants could survive after the fall here, but nope. Thankfully, our ficus, ferns, and succulents are alive and well.
Here is Rosemary on a door flanked by rosemary:
How are you holding up? Could your refuge use some softening?
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I’m so grateful you’re here with me on the journey. For a little more “earthy” goodness, see my love of white roses in THIS if you missed it.
Peace to you right where you are.
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