January: Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2023

January!  The start of a brand-new year.  New ideas and resolutions abound, especially surrounding projects that need to be tackled around the house. I have a feeling 2023 is going to be pretty spectacular, and I have a few projects I’d like to complete this year myself. Choosing colors for those projects is a task I’m happy to tackle and I have the perfect new palettes to help me out.

Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast 2023

Each year Sherwin-Williams holds a Colormix Forecast event for Designers that showcases their color palettes and choice for Color of the Year. I always look forward to attending this event as I can’t wait to see what’s in store.  Sometimes their predictions are right on and sometimes not so much. Either way it’s fun to hear about their inspirations for their selections and it’s nice to have some fresh options in my back pocket during consults.

What I enjoy most is seeing colors that I frequently pass over in the deck being added to palettes that place them amongst new color combinations that wake them up. Their reinvention reminds me of a makeover show where the 40year-old mom of 3, who hasn’t trimmed her hair in 3 years, used mascara, or bought a piece of clothing sized over a 5T since forever, undergoes a beautiful transition, bringing her appearance into the now. She’s noticed in a different light, admired in a way she hasn’t been in a very long time. I feel that is exactly what happens with some of the colors in these palettes.


This year Sherwin-Williams has created a collective palette called Terra, which is composed of 40 total colors but broken down into four palettes: Biome, Lore, Nexus, and Origin. Terra is inspired by nature and how we exist in our space. Let’s take a look at each palette.


This palette is inspired by the earth and sky. Are there rooms in your home that you want to feel the serenity of the outdoors? Then Biome is your palette.  It is comprised of mostly neutral warmth with a touch of flair thrown in.  Yellow Raisin, which represents the sun in this earthy palette, kinda brings this entire palette to life. This palette also houses Evergreen Fog (Color of the Year 2022), and Urbane Bronze (Color of the Year 2021). It’s nice to see those two colors still hanging around as they’re both good options.


This palette is inspired by colors of the past that inspire creativity.  Lore is a vibrant palette with a mix of jewel tones and neutrals. There are two greiges in Pediment and Dhurrie Beige and grayed-out reds in Carnelian and Toile Red. The jewel tones are warm, but the Blue Peacock, and Mineral Gray bring the cool.  This palette is similar to Origin, though Lore is more muted.


Nexus: According to Sherwin-William’s, this is their inspiration for the Nexus Palette: “If we look carefully, we find a quiet place of healing, a realm where the energy we give is returned to us tenfold, where the warmth of loving kindness reminds us what it feels like to come home.”  This palette reminds me of a sandbox. The clays, browns, sands, and tans, all seem to be red based, creating new terms that I did not coin, but found on the web: grouge (gray and rouge), and brouge (beige and rouge). These soft, warm colors offer a natural palette and a return to beige for sure.  The Color of The Year is in this palette as well, Redend Point.


Ahhh, now we’re talkin’!!  This is such welcome change from all the gray we’ve seen for so long. Skyline Steel, a warm gray with a touch of green, and Homestead Brown, a warm go-to brown, along with Pure White and Black Magic offer nice neutral options for this palette. The other selections in the palette are screaming, Hello!!  I love all of these vibrant colors and am so glad to see their sweet faces. I mean, look at the energy this palette packs, especially Goldfinch. The blue and green are cool which balance the temperature of this palette nicely.  Yep, it’s my favorite palette out of the 4.

If you want to recreate your space and have painting on your mind, the best place to start is with a free consult from Unique Painting KC.  If you’re planning to take this project on yourself, but need some guidance in choosing the right colors, I’m happy to offer advice via a Color Consultation.  I’ll help you get it right.  Give me a call at 816-500-7759 to schedule an estimate, Paint, or Design Consult.

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