The 2024 Color of the Year has been Announced

It’s that time of the year when fall approaches for the leaves to change their colors and for Sherwin Williams to announce its 2024 color of the year. Last year, we looked to the sunset and marsh skies with Redend Point SW 9081. We saw this color find its way into fashion and furniture alike with beautiful accent home décor, which is one of the best ways to incorporate trends into your home. This coming year, we will look to the skies with Upward SW 6239, a shade of blue that evokes the sense of peace found when slowing down, taking a breath and allowing the mind to clear. 

Upward SW 6239 represents the gentle forward momentum in all our lives. With this color, you can 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. 

As part of unveiling the new color, Sherwin Williams has partnered with James Beard Award-winning French pastry chef Dominique Ansel to create his first-ever vegan Cronut inspired by Upward, available for a limited time at his namesake bakery in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. 

The all-vegan version of Ansel’s iconic “half croissant, half doughnut” creation is filled with coconut ganache and Butterfly Pea Flower Tea ganache, made with the Southeast Asian flower that, when gently steeped as a tea, mirrors the shade and spirit of U˜4pward SW 6239. 

After the earthy tone of 2023 Color of the Year Redend Point SW 9081, Upward welcomes a weightless, buoyant peace inspired by the ethereal calm above. 

As we play with color, it’s essential to consider their interactions thoughtfully. Warmed-up blues might lead to hues that appear muddled and lackluster, which is why preserving the crisp edge and magnetic allure of cool blues is vital. It’s in these subtle nuances that create spaces that are timeless and inspired.” 

Upward is part of Palette No.1 in Sherwin Williams Colormix Forecast 2024, Anthology: Volume One. We recommend pairing the hue with blues and greens, deeps and darks, and delicate tints such as Snowbound SW 7004, Drift of Mist SW 9166, Gale Force SW 7605, Tricorn Black SW 6528, Honeydew SW 6428, Palm Leaf SW 7735 and Antiquarian Brown SW 0045. 

Since 2011, the Sherwin-Williams global color and design team researches and identifies key trends that influence the way we interact with color. From those findings, the team turns emerging trends into the annual Colormix Forecast, which features trending palettes for the year to come. The team then chooses the Color of the Year from the forecast, and Upward is its 14th official Color of the Year: 

  • 2011: Indigo Batik SW 7602 
  • 2012: Argyle SW 6747 
  • 2013: Aloe SW 6464 
  • 2014: Exclusive Plum SW 6263 
  • 2015: Coral Reef SW 6606 
  • 2016: Alabaster SW 7008 
  • 2017: Poised Taupe SW 6039 
  • 2018: Oceanside SW 6496 
  • 2019: Cavern Clay SW 7701 
  • 2020: Naval SW 6244 
  • 2021: Urbane Bronze SW 7048 
  • 2022: Evergreen Fog SW 9130 
  • 2023: Redend Point SW 9081 

Upward is the perfect color for a sophisticated coastal or minimal luxe home. You will be able to find this color throughout 2024 in artwork, pillows, vases, candles, wallpaper and more. If you are inspired by the color, you can take a bolder approach and incorporate this color in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets or the exterior of your home or interior on your walls. 

Upward will turn your home into a calm serene sanctuary. For more information on the Colormix Forecast and colors that can complement Upward, you can connect with SherwinWilliams or with your local interior designer.

Jeanette Gaskill is the lead designer for Coastal Cottage of Amelia, where she has worked for the past six years. She loves being able to work hand in-hand with her customers to design the spaces they dream of. Gaskill knows that interior design is very personal so she considers it an honor to be invited into her customer’s homes. As part of the process, she takes time to get to know her customer’s personality and tastes which is always reflected in the final result – she can make magic.

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