A Taste of Raspberry Blush
The world is currently experiencing a “feel good” moment, and it’s about time. Colour will be at the forefront of this emerging trend, with 2023’s trending palettes designed to reflect positive energy, warmth and happiness. Perfectly aligned, if not leading this trend, is Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year – already making a big splash before 2022 comes to a close. There’s a very good reason for that.
Colour is probably the most basic, yet arguably the most influential, tool in the design toolbox. Colour has the power to change a mood, redefine the function of a room, and even alter our visual perception of the space itself. What else can effectively make your home look and feel bigger and brighter (or warmer and cozier), without you having to suffer through a time-consuming and costly home renovation? Colour is the ticket.
If you’re intimidated by colour, you’re not alone. Some background information on what inspired a trending colour palette and tips on how to use it can help ease the stress.
The “It” Colour
Since it’s one of the world’s leading colour experts, people’s ears perk up when Benjamin Moore announces its much-anticipated “Colour of the Year.” In its annual exercise of choosing a colour of the year selection, the team at Benjamin Moore draws inspiration from both home-grown and global design influences. Furniture, fabrics, fashion, nature, culture, are all trends viewed through a coloured lens. In 2023, it’s all about Raspberry Blush, an alluring and optimistic take on classic red that pulls in touches of coral in a vibrant and joyous expression.
Raspberry Blush reflects a collective desire to re-emerge after a long hiatus holed up at home. This colour is all about getting back out there, feeling good and showing it. It’s confidence personified. Benjamin Moore couldn’t have said it any better in describing their selection as “bold, bolder, boldest” and “the definition of charismatic colour.”
You might say this trend has been building up for some time.
Every colour needs a consummate companion – something that will make it “pop” in a room and bring out its best. In terms of trends, a complementary colour palette can even help extend its stay on the style stage beyond just one year.
Here are some ways Raspberry Blush is appearing in the home, whether going solo or in sync with others.
Monochromatic Scheme: A bold choice like this is great as a dominant colour if you want to make a statement in your space. Why not take it a step further, and take it to the walls, trim and furniture, too?
Be forewarned – a monochromatic look requires you to give your full commitment. For those who want to try this look but might be a little wary, give it a go in a smaller room, like a powder room, study or entrance foyer – what a way to say “welcome!” Create interest by layering in lots of texture and a variety of contrasting finishes, such as matte alongside glossy surfaces. Ensure you have enough lighting to highlight focal points and bring dimension to
Neutral Pairings: Neutrals are an effective way to tone down a really bold colour like Raspberry Blush. On the flip side, a vibrant hue can be used to liven up a room when you are using a lot of neutrals, so this match is a win-win. Interestingly, in a perfect pairing to the colour of the year, some other trending hues in Benjamin Moore’s 2023 palette include Tofino Sunset, a dusty neutral pink, and New Age, a light grey shade that’s a fresh take on the classic neutral. These provide a great base for pops of colour and unique design details.
Black & White: This classic combination literally “goes” with everything – including our reddish-orange star colour, or in fact whatever the colour of the year happens to be at any given time. If your space is already decorated in black and white, then layering in any trending colour should be relatively easy and effective for instantly ushering in 2023. Benjamin Moore’s palette includes a selection of off-whites, each with warm, cool and neutral undertones, as well as Onyx, a soft black shade, and Wenge, a dark brown with hints of black and purple. You’ll just have to decide which colour will be your dominant colour, which will be used as the secondary hue, and an accent colour. A good rule of thumb to achieve balance is to stick to a 60-30-10 ratio: 60 per cent of the room should be the dominant colour, 30 per cent should be the secondary colour or texture, and the last 10 per cent should be an accent.
In Contrast: Choosing colours that are on opposite sides of the colour wheel, known as contrasting colours, creates an eye-catching conflict that instantly attracts the eye and creates a focal point. This is a great strategy to use for accessories, accent furniture or art. In the case of Raspberry Blush, some contrasting hues may include greens and blues. The trick to hitting the right balance is to choose colours that are similar in intensity. For a saturated hue like Raspberry Blush, steer clear of pastels and try matching it with something that’s equally bold and bright. This ensures each colour in your palette stands out appropriately, versus being washed out.
A little colour can go a long way – so just imagine what a lot of colour can do! Whether you choose to dive into the deep end of this coral-coloured pool or you’re just testing the waters, follow your gut instincts and don’t take it too seriously. Remember: in your home, you’re the boss, and colour is definitely a matter of personal preference and perception. A professional stylist can guide your choices and help you create a colour plan that works in your space and complements your style, but feel free to choose what speaks to you, colour-wise: ultimately, it’s your space and your call.
Surprise and delight by adding strategic pops of colour in unconventional areas. Painted panels, trim or a ceiling in Raspberry Blush are a bold addition, yet low-commitment and low investment, especially if you do the painting yourself.