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It’s fall, which means Color of the Year season is in full swing for 2024! Every year, paint and wood stain brands alike do heavy research—looking at color trends, sending out surveys, and tapping their own tastemakers—to forecast a color that’ll embody the upcoming year’s essence. These picks will influence everything from home design to fashion. Not to mention, they’re an excuse to give your life a little color-themed refresh.
Last year, the colors leaned toward warm hues that promoted creativity. This year, they’re all about comfort, versatility, and a continued connection to nature—from a grounding soft black, to an uplifting sky blue, to a muted olive green. Since there are so many options to choose from, making it hard to keep track, we’ve laid out every Color of the Year for 2024 so far. Whether you’ve already embraced these colors or are still determining which ones you want to try out, you can assess the hues and their energies for the upcoming year all in one place. And, of course, make sure to check back for updates as we await more announcements from brands like Benjamin Moore and Pantone.
Behr Color of the Year: Cracked Pepper
Behr’s Color of the Year for 2024 is Cracked Pepper (PPU18-01), a soft black that can ground any space while remaining timeless. The color is an approachable segue into the paint dark side as it melds into practically any design style. “It’s an anchor color that doesn’t have to be reinvented,” Sarah Fishburne, The Home Depot’s director of trend and design, tells House Beautiful.
Just like the seasoning it’s named after, Cracked Pepper is a staple. Exclusively available at The Home Depot, Cracked Pepper makes an excellent paint choice for interiors and exteriors. Fishburne even has Cracked Pepper incorporated throughout her own brick home on the gutters and the interior doors.
Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year: Upward
Sherwin-Williams announced Upward (SW 6239) as its Color of the Year for 2024, and the relaxed blue practically embodies the sensation of taking a slow breath of crisp air. “It brings to life that carefree, sunny day energy that elicits a notion of contentment and peace,” Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, said in a press release. “With this color, we invite our consumers to take a pause and infuse a new sense of ease and possibility into their spaces—one that doesn’t overwhelm, but rather establishes meditation and tranquility.”
The light blue with gray undertones is especially ideal for crafting a coastal chic design style. Consider using Upward as a standout color in a bathroom or kitchen. In a serene bedroom, it also makes a refreshing accent wall.
Glidden Color of the Year: Limitless
Glidden paint by PPG named Limitless (PPG1091-3) as its 2024 Color of the Year. The honey beige hue is “anything but yellow,” according to the brand, because it has the stamina of a primary color but the versatility of a neutral. “We are entering a new era of explosive creativity and change,” Ashley McCollum, PPG color expert for Glidden, said in a press release. “Consumers are using color in even more unconventional ways than ever before and they need a palette that offers versatility to work with both new and existing decor.”
Glidden color experts recommend using Limitless “anywhere and everywhere.” Whether you cover your kitchen cabinets or paint your ceiling with the warm neutral, you can’t go wrong.
C2 Paint Color of the Year: Thermal
A refreshing blue called Thermal (#752) encourages an uplifting and energizing year ahead as C2 Paint’s 2024 Color of the Year. Reminiscent of the sky on a clear day, the color can bring a calming feel to any space. “This bespoke pale yet punchy blue is poised for adventure and brimming with hope, evoking feelings of loyalty, trust, and confidence,” Philippa Radon, interior designer and C2 Paint color specialist, said in a press release.
Radon added the color is a “call to action, energizing us to live boldly, to express our unique styles freely, and to acknowledge our responsibilities as stewards of our planet.”
Valspar Color of the Year: Renew Blue
Valspar celebrated its 15th anniversary of its Color of the Year launch by naming Renew Blue (8003-37D) as its hue for 2024. “Inspired by fleeting elements like fog, mist, clouds, and glacier lakes, Renew Blue elevates the everyday mood, encourages self-expression, and evokes a feeling of balance and calm, with a twist of unique spontaneity,” Sue Kim, Valspar director of color marketing, said in a press release.
The balanced blue has a touch of grayed sea green, making it an excellent choice for refreshing an entryway, dining area, or backyard. “Blue is a classic shade that has become the new neutral for today’s home and can be mixed and matched to fit a variety of design styles and applications,” Kim added.
HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year: Persimmon
Anyone who gravitates toward warm, lively hues will adore HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’s 2024 Color of the Year: Persimmon (HGSW6339). “Persimmon balances the energy of tangerine with grounded neutral undertones, making it perfect for spaces like living rooms and kitchens as it promotes positive relationships and conversation,” Ashley Banbury, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams color marketing manager, said in a press release.
The earthy terracotta shade is grounding and comforting yet uplifting and refreshing. Exclusively available at Lowe’s, the color is part of the brand’s Collection of the Year called Renewed Comfort. It’s comprised of 10 shades—a mix of neutrals and bright colors—in addition to Persimmon. You can check out the full palette here.
Dutch Boy Paints Color of the Year: Ironside
To inspire consistent comfort in the home, Dutch Boy Paints unveiled Ironside as its 2024 One-Coat Color of the Year. Used all over a large room or in a small space, the deep olive shade offers an elegant touch while promoting wellness. “Creating a space for wellness should be a driving factor in everyday life,” Ashley Banbury, NCIDQ and color marketing manager for Dutch Boy Paints, said in a press release. “That’s why taking a natural approach to healthy living and safe spaces is a pivotal part of the current landscape.”
Ironside is meant to promote that type of sanctuary, where people can feel secure and focus on their overall well-being. And if you’re not looking to repaint an entire room, try the shade on trim or on furniture.
Minwax Color of the Year: Bay Blue
It’s time to give your home’s wood accents a cool-toned, nature-inspired refresh thanks to Minwax. Known for its interior wood stains and clears, the company announced Bay Blue (MW1049) as its 2024 Color of the Year. “This year’s color is meant to ignite the creativity of DIYers to think of bold and rich color stain options when planning their next home project, helping to completely transform their living spaces,” Sue Kim, director of color marketing for Minwax, said in a press release.
Consider using the blue-green stain to distinguish wood paneling and revive furniture. “With Bay Blue available in both solid and semi-transparent wood stain opacities, the possibility to create custom looks is easily within reach,” Kim added.
Graham & Brown Color of the Year: Viridis
Connected to nature, Graham & Brown’s 2024 Color of the Year Viridis is a muted green. Perfect for entertaining spaces and entryways, the welcoming shade generates a warm, peaceful atmosphere. The color “creates such a calming effect with tones of new beginnings, perfect for entertaining,” Maryanne Cartwright, Graham & Brown head of design, said in a press release.
Cartwright added that Viridis “reflects harmony and stability” as well as symbolizes growth and health. “It evokes a feeling of abundance and a plentiful environment whilst simultaneously providing a restful and secure feeling,” Cartwright said. “We see our homes as a haven, a place to spend time with family and friends, and this is the perfect hue to create a welcoming color palette.”
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