Home Color Trends for 2021

December 29, 2020

When it comes to picking color of the year, everyone excitedly waits to hear from Pantone. This year, their pick acknowledged the parallel worlds we've been living in throughout 2020 and chose two colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray & Illuminating. These two colors together are both optimistic and grounding and according to Pantone were chosen to inspire "resilience and hope." Two things we could all use a bit more of in 2021.

But Pantone isn’t the only one who picks a color of the year.

Many of the paint companies also do. Their picks for 2021 color of the year also took 2020 into account. Specifically, the fact that many of us have been spending much more time at home. A lot of us have switched to working from home and most of our entertainment is now done virtually … from our couch. Paint companies noted this and chose colors to hopefully inspire a sense of calm in your home.

Sherwin Williams’ pick was Urbane Bronze, a simple and sophisticated color. Inspired by nature, it helps people feel rooted in their homes. Benjamin Moore chose Aegean Teal, a color that radiates wellbeing and inspires a comfortable and calm feeling. PPG chose color Transcend, a midtone neutral that is warm and cozy, with hints of nostalgia. Behr created a palette of 21 colors grounded with three warm neutrals: Smoky White, Almond Wisp and Seaside Villa.

There is color beyond paint.

Paint colors may be grounded in warm neutrals and natural-feeling colors, but home décor brings the optimistic pops of color we’re all craving. Yellows are definitely showing up, along with a lot of deep, saturated colors such as bold reds, pinks and primary blues. There is also still a lot of deep, jade greens and bold aquas.

It’s not all rich and bold. There are also softer, more toned-down shades. Though softer, they definitely aren’t boring. The pastels are all very rich and still saturated. Sometimes they can do the job of a neutral and work beautifully with richer jewel tone accents.

Freshening up a room doesn’t have to mean a total renovation.

A full paint job might be unrealistic, but you can breathe fresh air into a room by picking up a few new items such as throw pillows, duvets, or comfy throws.

What colors are you excited about for 2021?

This blog post was written by Kristin Crane.