Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that some form of pink would be the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2023 (#COTY). But Redend Point SW-9081? Now, I love pink. Lots of people don’t like any form of pink, but I’m a big fan. Just not this shade. I’m not a dry desert/dirt sort of person and this is what it looks like to me. It’s more of a soft brown I think. The color palette that it’s part of is called “Nexus” and is described as this: “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. Enkindle a sense of support and serenity with a potter’s palette of natural clays and sunbaked desert sands, grounding brown, and soft, soulful white.”
Some key art from the announcement of Sherwin Williams Redend Point as the Color of the Year 2023.
Minimal. Calming. Intriguing. Do you feel this? It honestly brings to mind what I thought of in high school when I read “The Grapes of Wrath” and had to consider the symbolism of the description of the red earth. “To the red country and part of the grey country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.” I recall being annoyed that my teacher was asking to find symbolism and all I could think of was – why can’t Steinbeck just be describing the actual color of the dirt in that region of the country? Does literally everything have to be symbolic of something else? (I still believe I’m right!).
As I said above, I’m not surprised that pink is a prominent color.
Millenial Pink has been popular for a while. It’s not quite as muddy, a little softer and lighter I think. Not as lugubrious as Redend Point.
Farrow and Ball’s Setting Plaster is a popular color in this same vein. Setting Plaster is peachier, more of a pale flesh tone than Redend Point. It’s often compared to dirty ace bandages. Also not my favorite color. These images below, taken from F-B’s website, shows just how varied one color can look in different light settings and online, which I discussed here.
The fabric and wallpaper company McLaurin & Piercy just launched a new collection called Spice Market. As described “Drawing inspiration from the rich history of trade, craft and flora of the Indonesian Islands, Spice Market, is an ode to the traditions and history of these islands”. I think this collection fits in well with the Redend Point / Nexus color palette from Sherwin Williams.
Particularly Meadow in Blush.
And just today, this add for Sarah Jessica Parker’s wallpaper line with Wall Shoppe popped up in my IG feed. I don’t think that wallpaper actually goes with the pale pinks and blushes of the room setting, but that door could definitely be Redend Point, don’t you think?
And this just in from Kohler and Reese Witherspoon. Sort of in the same muted rose brown color palette. It’s definitely a color that’s in the advertising zeitgeist. And they do their research.
So, I feel like I’m trying to talk myself into liking this shade. I truly can’t imaging using it in a project, but you never know. I don’t hate it like I did last year’s Sherwin Williams COTY 2022 Evergreen Fog.
Speaking of Color’s of the Year, Behr has released theirs, and it couldn’t be more boring. And Benjamin Moore’s will be announced in October. For 2022, Benjamin Moore selected October Mist, which was very much like SW’s 2022 Evergreen Fog? Who wants to place bets that BM will also have a pink tone COTY?