Trend forecasters predict 'therapeutic' lavender will be Color of the Year 2023

The future looks beautifully Provençal with a modernist twist – according to those in the know

Lavender painted kitchen with golden tap and chopping board
(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Trend forecaster, WGSN, has predicted lavender will be the Color of the Year for 2023 – but it’s not quite the rustic purple hue you may already know. Instead, Coloro + WGSN has labeled Digital Lavender as the tone they expect to crown future design palettes – due to its relationship to wellbeing and digital escapism.

According to experts, Digital Lavender allows consumers to preserve their mental wellbeing by offering a sense of stability and balance. The shade allows people to follow ‘recuperative rituals’ that will promote calmness and hints of serenity throughout their everyday lives. 

The fantastical color is also a response to digital culture, as WGSN expects the tone will ‘converge across virtual and physical worlds.’ 

After shaping color trends, we can expect to see lavender come through in therapeutic home decor accessories, mood-boosting lighting, and even hand-held electronics.

Lavender painted kitchen with accessories

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Forecasters are similarly praising Digital Lavender for its gender-inclusive qualities, which is expected to broaden into all design industries by 2023. It is, therefore, the perfect gender-neutral nursery idea – but it will also look futuristically chic in every room of your home. 

‘I’ve always been lavender skeptical, perhaps because I’m insecure in my own masculinity? Well, I’m insecure no more! Lavender is the pastel du jour, and I am obsessed with it,’ emphasizes designer Jonathan Adler, whose recent designs similarly pay homage to the contemporary hue.

Lavender paint by Lick

(Image credit: Lick)

With Digital Lavender set to become the shade of the moment, color companies are unsurprisingly falling for its contemporary allure, including these shade Lick (above). But with Lavender set to be big news, it’s important to know how to style its shade in your interiors. 

Here, experts share their tips for this upcoming paint trend – because there’s nothing like setting the trend for 2023 in 2021. 

1. Save lavender for an accent wall 

Lavender colored living room with light and chair

(Image credit: DULUX)

‘Lavender conjures a charming and sophisticated feel, visions of rolling purple fields in Provence with delicate floral scents,’ shares paint expert and Design Director at Andrew Martin, David Harris. He recommends using lavender on your walls but encourages you to give your space room to breathe by creating an accent wall. 

‘Having all the walls in a room painted lavender can be a bit too much, so an accent wall is preferred,’ David says. 

2. Pair lavender with neutral tones 

Lavender painted kitchen

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

What is the best way to bring the color of 2023 into your home? To pair it with the color of 2021, naturally. David suggests adding a further modern twist to the purple hue by pairing it with a soft gray for a ‘cool and contemporary scheme.’ Is this the power couple of the roaring 2020s? We think so. 

Beyond gray living room ideas, Jonathan Adler similarly recommends experimenting with other neutral favorites, including ‘navy, chocolate brown, taupe, and white.’ 

3. Choose a pastel lavender alongside bold furnishings  

Dark lavender painted cupboard with green light

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Digital Lavender oozes a certain subtly that you can almost categorize as pastel-like. But how can you bring this soft aesthetic into your scheme? Creative Director at Little Greene, Ruth Mottershead, recommends creating a juxtaposition between these soft tones alongside monochromatic home decor pieces. 

‘Lighter tones are a great way to add a soft touch of color while providing a more contemporary finish in your interior,’ she says. Ruth notes two shades that are similar to that of Lavender – Pink Slip, and Hellebore, which ‘provide a backdrop to contrasting furnishings or colors.’

We’d hate to wish time away, but we’ve already redesigned our modern living room ideas to get ready for the years ahead. 2023, our interiors are ready for you. More information about Coloro + WGSN's Color of the Year is available here

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.