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Redend Point: Sherwin Williams 2023 Color of the Year (Review & Dupes!)

    I am so excited to take a deep dive into the Sherwin Williams pick for 2023 Color of the Year: Redend Point.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Color of the Year Redend Point beside a desert scene in similar clay tones

    Sometimes the color of the year can miss the mark, but I think this one is going to be huge! Let’s dive into this unique neutral with color palettes, talk undertones, and see some dupes.

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    What Color is Sherwin Williams Redend Point (SW 9081)

    Redend Point is a mid-toned clay color. It ranges in appearance on the wall from a pinky brown to a more true terracotta. You could describe it as a rosy brown.

    “Embrace a spirit of connection with the world around us with this soulful-yet-subtle hue.” – Sherwin Williams

    Well that invokes alllll the cozy vibes, doesn’t it?

    When Sherwin Williams released their color palettes for 2023 (before they announced their top choice) I actually picked Redend Point as my favorite.

    Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2023 Redend Point Color Card

    It is pretty similar to their 2019 Color of the Year Cavern Clay.

    Cavern Clay paint swipe color card

    That one didn’t catch on to the degree that most of their annual picks do, so it’s almost like they are trying again with a more relaxed version.

    LRV of Sherwin Williams Redend Point

    Redend Point has an LRV of 30.

    What’s an LRV?

    The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.

    In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.

    Color of the Year 2023 Redend Point plotted at 30 on an LRV chart from 0 (black) to 100 (white). Background of a cactus in the warm desert sunset.

    At 30, Redend Point is on the darker end of mid-toned colors. It’s definitely not dark, but not as light as many whole-home neutrals which sit in the 50-70 range.

    What Are the Undertones of Redend Point

    Redend Point doesn’t do anything unexpected in terms of undertones. It is a red-based brown color, so you will see hints of pink and peach, but they are very up-front.

    Hex chart of Redend point with paint drop over a background of Sedona desert

    Does Redend Point Look Pink?

    I would not say that Redend Point looks like a straight up pink paint color, but like I said, you will see pink.

    If you hate pink and pink-beiges, you will not like Redend Point. You may like Cavern Clay better, because it is more of a true terracotta color.

    Redend Point light to dark color strip over a background photo of a monochromatic desert scene

    Is Redend Point Warm or Cool

    Redend Point is warm like the Tuscan sun, baby! There is nothing cool about it.

    It does have a muted gray quality that keeps it pretty neutral. I happen to think that clay and terracotta are neutral, in the same way that many greens can be used as neutrals.

    Redend Point Color Strip

    Here is the whole Redend Point color strip by Sherwin Williams:

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point Color Strip from Malted Milk to Vintage Leather, with Lieable Sand, Interface Tan, Moroccan Spice, and Tanbark in Between. Background of a colorful desert scene at sunset.

    I actually happen to like this whole color strip. The exception might be Vintage Leather, which isn’t a bad color, but I think there are much nicer dark browns to be had.

    Lighter Version of Redend Point

    Redend Point is a little too dark to use in your whole home. For a lighter alternative from the same strip, you could use SW 6058 Likeable Sand.

    For me personally, Likeable Sand is a little too peach. If you feel the same, you might like SW 6093 Familiar Beige a little better.

    Familiar Beige by Sherwin Williams color card

    Darker Version of Redend Point

    The colors just darker than Redend Point on the same strip are:

    • Moroccan Spice – SW 6060 – LRV 22
    • Tanbark – SW 6061 – 15

    If you want a color that is just a tiny bit darker than Redend Point and still gives off the perfect clay vibes, I happen to love SW 9080 Hushed Auburn (LRV 26).

    Hushed Auburn by Sherwin Williams color card

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point Color Palettes

    I made two different color palettes for Redend Point. I wanted to make one that spoke to me, but I also know that the most popular Sherwin Williams colors are the ones that people will want to see with their new Color of the Year!

    First I present to you, the Redend Point neutral color palette, featuring the best of Sherwin Williams:

    Redend point on a color palette with popular neutrals Accessible Beige, Agreeable Gray, Iron Ore, Urbane Bronze, and Tricorn Black

    Popular Coordinating Neutrals from Sherwin Williams

    Accessible Beige or Agreeable Gray with Redend Point

    If I had to choose a foolproof wall color to go with Redent Point, I would probably go with either Accessible Beige or Agreeable Gray.

    Agreeable Gray with Redend Point on a canvas drop cloth
    Agreeable Gray with Redend Point

    Agreeable Gray is a little cooler than Accessible Beige, so it will look pretty gray beside Redent Point since it is so warm. If you don’t want a gray, try Accessible Beige.

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    Redend Point and Iron Ore or Tricorn Black

    If you want a black in your color scheme with Redend Point, look no further than Tricorn Black. It’s the OG darkest black.

    If you aren’t sure whether you want black or a really dark color, I think Iron Ore would look fabulous with Redend Point. (I mean, it looks fabulous with everything!)

    Tricorn Black and Iron Ore color cards over a background of Redend Point
    Top: Tricorn Black Bottom: Iron Ore

    Iron Ore has many faces, but with Redend Point you can expect it to look like a smoky charcoal.

    Urbane Bronze and Redend Point

    I actually kept Urbane Bronze in for my second palette, because it’s the perfect earthy neutral.

    Redend Point Paint Dot beside a paint dot of Urbane Bronze

    Chocolate brown always looks good with rosy tones, and Urbane Bronze is a sophisticated grayed-out version of that.

    Complementary Color

    The “official” complementary color for Redend Point (the color directly across the wheel) is a smoky blue. Sherwin Williams Favorite Jeans (SW 9147) is a close match:

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point paint dot next to a dollop of complementary color Sherwin Williams Favorite Jeans

    Redend Point Color Palette #2

    You already know I left Urbane Bronze, but here are my other picks for pairing with Redend Point:

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point color palette featuring SW Rosemary, SW Westhighland White, SW Urbane Bronze, and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.

    Redend Point with Rosemary

    I love how green looks with clay and terracotta colors, and Redend Point is no exception. I chose Rosemary as the perfect coordinating neutral dark green.

    Redend Point Paint Dot beside a paint dot of Rosemary

    Westhighland White and Redend Point

    Despite how popular it is, I think this is the first time that I have used Westhighland White in a palette. I find the warmth of Westhighland can sometimes be too much, but with Redend Point it’s just right.

    Redend Point Paint Dot beside a paint dot of Westhighland White

    Redend Point with Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

    Classic Gray is actually more of a warm off-white than a gray. It would be a beautiful neutral wall color with Redend Point, and a nice compromise between white, and a greige like Accessible Beige or Agreeable Gray.

    Redend Point Paint Dot beside a paint dot of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

    What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Redend Point?

    Redend Point is pretty close to a traditional Victorian era pink, so it’s a smart choice for any project that has a lot of dark wood trim or other elements.

    Redend Point with dark wood trim and doors

    I also think it looks quite nice with oak, but be mindful that this will be more of a vintage/cozy look, and it will be hard to take it super modern.

    Redend Point with a variety of different trim colors including White Flour, Westhighaldn White, Pure White, Alabaster, Snowbound, Oak, and Dark wood

    White Paint that Goes with Redend Point

    For white paint options I wanted to show as many as possible, and a lot will work!

    Redend Point with Creamy White Trim

    Redend Point is one of the rare colors where I think a pretty warm white is the way to go. Westhighland White, White Flour, or Alabaster would be perfect creamy options.

    Warmer whites will help Redend Point look more neutral, and minimize the pink/mauve tones.

    Snowbound Trim with Redend Point Walls

    If creamy is not your style, Snowbound is a true white from the same color family as Redend Point, so it should look flawless on your trim.

    Snowbound paintbrush swipe color card

    Redend Point and Pure White

    Pure White is still soft, but more neutral than the other options here. You can see that it works well with Redend Point, but does make it look slightly more pink.

    I would steer clear of cooler whites such as Extra White.

    Don’t Forget Your Supplies!

    This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!

    Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.

    DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)

    This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point Home Interior

    While Redend Point is not actually a new color (it was from the 2020 Heart Collection) it hasn’t been used a whole lot up until this point.

    I recently had the opportunity to photograph an apartment that was entirely Redend Point. I found the color to be very cozy, and with lots of natural light it wasn’t too dark.

    Redend Point on the wall in a living room with a blue armchair and sunbeams on the wall

    However in areas without windows, such as the foyer and mud room, I did find that the color was very dark.

    Redend Point in a front entrance mud room with little natural light

    I still don’t know that I would say it was too dark, because those areas tend to be darker anyways, and aren’t really designed to spend time in.

    Redend Point in the Living Room

    If you are a bit timid about color, Redend Point would make for a great feature wall. It’s dark enough to make a statement, and neutral enough to pair with a lot of other colors.

    Redend Point in a Foyer looking into a living room

    That last photo is a particularly good representation of how Redend Point looks in real life, most of the time.

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point in a living room with good natural light

    This photo shows Redend Point at it’s lightest:

    Redend Point looking light in a living room corner

    What I found throughout the day, is that Redend Point looks more pink in cool light (North-facing, or overcast) and more terracotta in sunlight, and particularly during the golden hour (no surprise there).

    Redend Point on the walls behind a wire wall sconce

    I did find that the color often looked far more orange/brown on camera. I am only showing you the most accurate pictures, and I will point out if there are any funky ones.

    For example, here Redend Point looks more orange/brown than it ever did in real life:

    Redend Point looking more terracotta in a living room

    Before we move on from the living room, here are a couple more ideas for Redend Point with different decor styles:

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point on a wall behind a gray sofa with a forest watercolor painting on the wall
    Redend point on a living room wall behind a dark gray leather sofa and plant

    Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink is pretty similar to Redend Point, just a little more mauve.

    Here is that color in the home of The Jordans (@thejordansathome) where it looks warmer and very much how Redend Point would look on the wall:

    Photo of Sulking room pink on a wall behind mantle.
    Photo Credit: @thejordansathome

    Redend Point in a Dining Room

    This clay color is perfect for pairing with natural wood tones, so if you have wood dining furniture, it will look its best with Redend Point.

    Redend Point on a wall in front of a blue gray dining room with wood chairs
    Redend Point on a wall with a wire light fixture
    Redend Point on all walls in an open plan foyer dining room
    Redend Point on a wall with a wire light fixture

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point Bedroom

    In the two Redend Point bedrooms I was riding the struggle bus somewhat to get a good shot. First I will show you the more accurate ones:

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point in a bedroom with bright natural light and a blue bed.
    Pictures on the wall in a bedroom with redend point walls and dark trim
    Redend Point walls in a bedroom with a white floral canvas on the wall and a taupe dresser

    With the warm sunlight, the color was photographing very orange, but it did not look it in real life:

    Redend Point in a bedroom where it looks very orange brown terracotta

    Try to picture these much more pink/neutral than they are.

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point in a bedroom where it looks more orange

    More accurate:

    Redend Point on a bedroom wall with a honeycomb mirror

    Less accurate:

    Redend Point in a bedroom

    Just thought I would share because 1.) Photos in the bedroom were hard to come by, and 2.) If you see Redend Point looking very orange or brown, it’s the camera not the color.

    An abstract mirror on a redend point colored wall above a wood dresser

    Clay Colored Nursery

    This is actually Hushed Auburn on the wall in this nursery, but I wanted to show it because you can totally achieve this look with Redend Point:

    A dark clay color on the ceiling and lower half of a wall. Upper half has a woodsy themed wallpaper in clays and Dark Greens
    Photo credit: @marialovesrealestate

    Maria from @marialovesrealestate has a house FULL of color, and she masterfully combined this teal/emerald/clay woodland wallpaper with the neutral brown of Hushed Auburn.

    It’s easy to get stuck in neutral-land, but these colors don’t have to be boring!

    Redend Point in a Bathroom

    Bathrooms are a great place to experiment with deeper colors! They are typically a smaller space, so it’s okay to have a tiny bold room.

    Redend Point on a bathroom wall with mirror and built in faucet
    Redend Point in a bathroom behind a sink

    I liked how Redend Point paired with the more peachy-beige tile and neutralized it somewhat.

    Redend Point in a small bathroom

    If you are renovating a space with warm fixed elements, Redend Point may just be the perfect color to tone these down.

    Redend Point on bathroom walls with beige tile and a dark wood door with glass insert

    Redend Point on Kitchen Walls and Cabinets

    Beige has become more popular for cabinets in recent years, so why not push the envelope and go for a clay color?

    Redend Point Inspired kitchen cabinets with dark stone counters and white subway tile backsplash

    You might remember that Redend Point looks good with oak, so here is a mock up of how it would look on kitchen walls with existing oak cabinets:

    Redend Point on wall with oak cabinets and white subway tile

    In the home I visited, they made the unexpected choice to pair Redend Point with taupe cabinets:

    Redend Point Walls with Taupe Cabinets

    Unfortunately for us, this was another area where the color wasn’t coming across properly in most of the photos. Here is an accurate photo of the pairing:

    Redend Point Walls with Taupe cabinets

    You will have to use your imagination to copy/paste that color onto the walls over here:

    Redend Point on the walls in a kitchen with taupe cabinets

    It was getting close to sunset, so I don’t know what-in-the-what was happening here, but I promise you, the walls were not orange.

    Redend Point kitchen walls with taupe cabinets and blue backsplash
    Redend Point kitchen walls with a blue backsplash

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point on an Exterior

    I was not able to find Redend Point exactly on a real exterior, but my favorite exterior Instagram account @peanutbuttertoast came through for us!

    Here is a Victorian home in a color similar to Redend Point:

    Victorian Manor in Redend Point Color with cream trim
    Photo Credit: @peanutbuttertoast

    Front Door

    To help you visualize Redend Point on a front door, here is Sulking Room Pink again:

    How a front door will look in Redend Point
    Photo Credit: @thejordansathome

    Redend Point will look just a little warmer than this. Remember that colors will always look lighter outside!

    Redend Point on Exterior Trim

    I would not have thought Redend Point would make a good exterior trim color, but I would have been wrong.

    Here is a navy blue house with a trim color very similar to Redend Point:

    Redend Point colored trim on a navy blue bungalow with green stairs and door
    Photo Credit: @peanutbuttertoast

    This color scheme looks very similar to the nursery earlier! Do I smell a color palette?

    If you like the blue, check out Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. For a similar teal, you might like Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal.

    Redend Point Compared to Other Clay Paint Colors

    There aren’t a ton of popular colors like Redend Point, but let’s take a look at the ones we talked about here.

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point vs Cavern Clay (SW 7701)

    It’s the battle of the Color of the Year’s! 2023 vs 2019:

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point vs Cavern Clay on a wall behind a mustard sofa

    You can see that Cavern Clay is boldly terracotta, where Redend Point is a softer true clay color.

    I will say that Cavern Clay is still extremely versatile, and more subtle on the wall.

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point vs Hushed Auburn (SW 9080)

    You can see that in comparison, Hushed Auburn is a little rosier than Redend Point.

    Hushed Auburn vs Redend Point on half of a wall in a living room

    These two are pretty similar, but Hushed Auburn is also that little bit darker.

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point vs Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink

    I love Sulking Room Pink for all the same reasons that I am loving Redend Point: It’s a totally unexpected neutral, but it does act like a neutral.

    Sulking Room Pinks vs SW Redend Point on a wall

    You can see that Sulking Room Pink is similar, but a little more powdery and mauve than Redend Point.

    Redend Point Dupes

    Let’s take a look at Redend Point Substitutes you can pick up from other brands!

    Redend Point Dupes including Caramel Cream, Western Ridge, Cougar Brown, and Baywood Brown over a white background with potted cacti.

    Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Redend Point

    Valspar not only had the best dupe for Redend Point, they had the most variety of similar colors too!

    There was a clear winner however, in the shade Western Ridge.

    Valspar Western Ridge (1008-9C)

    Redend Point in Valspar with the shade Western Ridge, beside the original Redend Point behind a vase of dried flowers

    Benjamin Moore Redend Point Equivalent

    Benjamin Moore was a struggle to come up with the perfect dupe for Redend Point. They have a not bad variety of clay colors, but almost none in the right LRV range.

    In the end I chose two Redend Point substitutes, one lighter and one darker, but both with the same feel.

    Benjamin Moore Cougar Brown (2106-40)

    Cougar Brown is a little darker than Redend Point, but it has the right tone.

    Benjamin Moore Redend Point dupe Cougar Brown on half of a wall with the original on the other half

    I think if you like Redend Point, you will like Cougar Brown, and you can definitely use it the same way.

    Benjamin Moore Baywood Brown (1234)

    Baywood Brown is the lighter dupe for Redend Point by Benjamin Moore.

    Benjamin Moore Redend Point dupe Baywood Brown on half of a wall with the original on the other half

    Baywood is perfect if you were a little timid about committing to Redend Point.

    Redend Point Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)

    The best dupe from Behr for Redend Point, is the color Caramel Cream.

    Overall, I felt like Behr had the worst selection of rosy neutrals to choose from. Many were too light and either much too orange or much too pink.

    Behr Caramel Cream (MQ1-59)

    Behr dupe Caramel Cream on the wall beside Redend Point

    Redend Point Pros & Cons

    Now that we’ve covered all things Redend Point, here are the best bits:

    Redend Point Pros

    • It’s an unexpected neutral, and combines well with a huge variety of colors
    • It’s a moody earthy shade without being too dark
    • Perfectly on point for a vintage, Victorian, or boho inspired color palette

    Redend Point Cons

    • Pink is polarizing, and Redend Point has some definite pink tones
    • It is darker than you might expect, and too dark to use everywhere

    That’s it for now on the Color of the Year for 2023, Redend Point. (Woohoo!)

    Expect to see this post updated throughout the year, and with any luck, we will have lots of amazing inspo photos before 2023 has even had time to season!

    While you’re here, take a look at some past colors of the year:

    Urbane Bronze reading nook with outdoor light
    Evergreen Fog paint drop over a background pic of a bathroom with evergreen fog walls, bronze accents, pashmina colored vanity, and wallpaper
    Alabaster with three dupes: Dune White, Silky White, and White, plus the similar Behr Color of the Year for 2023 Blank Canvas