2021 Colors of the Year

2021 colors of the year

The 2021 “Colors of the Year” are an ode to organic colors.  These color trends illuminate strength while being grounded in comfort and nature. 

Top trends are Aquas, Blues, Sand and a pop of Yellow or Red!

We say “YES” to these color trends as we move out of the pandemic to brighter horizons! 

Aquas are large and in charge this year.  Use it for walls and furniture, or as a pop of color. Benjamin Moore, Minwax, Glidden and Valspar all choose aquas and/or blues for the Color of the Year. 

Benjamin Moore’s “Aegean Teal” is a beautiful blue/green with a touch of gray.  Soothing and calm, this is a perfect mid-tone for your kitchen, bedroom, dining room, office and living room.  

Black and white art, accessories and photos will pop!  Use it on your front door and cabinetry for a fresh and trendy update. 

“Vintage Blue” is Minwax’s first color of the year.  An organic mix of blue and green with soft gray undertones, the color creates a soothing atmosphere and a nostalgic feel when applied to wood furniture, cabinetry, shelving, and decorative accents.

This year, Glidden put a spin on its yearly paint color prediction by announcing its first-ever accent color of the year. “Aqua Fiesta” is a bright, refreshing aquamarine.

Glidden suggests pairing “Aqua Fiesta” with a cool gray to create a spa-like vibe in bathrooms. In bedrooms or living areas, layer in cream-colored fabrics and neutral accessories to soften the color’s boldness.

Familiar shades of blue bring us a renewed sense of comfort and safety as we continue to embrace the idea of spending more time at home and loving where we live.

Valspar’s “Blissful Blue” sounds as serene as it looks.

When blue skies are ahead, there is hope on the horizon and a renewed sense of gratitude. 

“Sky Blue” is Etsy’s Color of the Year.  Can you feel the positive energy?

“Greige” is still trending, while sand and clay enter the picture this year.  These neutrals are grounded and solid.  Behr and PPG both vote for a version of this wonderful neutral as Color of the Year.  Sherwin Williams takes it a step further with the deep brown of “Urbane Bronze.”

Who doesn’t love the feel of sand between their toes?  Behr’s  “Canyon Dusk” is an earthy neutral that pairs well with creamy whites and other natureinspired colors and textures.

“Canyon Dusk” looks gorgeous on walls, cabinetry, and even exterior applications like the front door.

“Transcend” is a brown sugar beige with a gingerbread undertone. It is a perfect paint color for any space where warmth and elegance is desired.

PPG suggests that you pair it with muted blues and greens for a beautiful and elegant look.

Now more than ever, we are in need of serenity and peace.

Sherwin Williams “Urbane Bronze” is a dark, warm brown.  This soothing color is a welcome addition to our home–our sanctuary.  

Reds are trending this year, according to Rustoleum and HGTV. This energizing color should be used sparingly, as it is strong and passionate.

Rustoleum’s “Satin Paprika” is a bold and bright color.  It’s important to understand what colors work well with red before splashing it all over your home.

That being said, this color works well with navy and gold.

HGTV’s color of the year, “Passionate,” is a rich, saturated red that blurs the line between modern and traditional.

Use this color as a backdrop for neutral furniture and nature-inspired accents.

Balance the boldness of this red with soft whites and natural textures.

Pantone chose 2 colors for the Color of the Year – Yellow and Gray.

Pantone’s “Illuminating” yellow is hopeful and positive — and pairs beautifully with grays.  In fact, Pantone offers a wonderful gray to go with this happy and hopeful color – “Ultimate Gray.” 

This gray is rooted in a firm foundation and reminds us of the colors of pebbles on a beach. 

These two colors together harmonize, providing a reminder that everything is going to get brighter in 2021.


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