It should come as no surprise, heading out of 2020 and into a new and hopeful year, that experts in the paint and color industry have chosen colors for 2021 that are described with words and phrases including: inviting, tranquil, wellness, natural harmony, reflect, reset, and calming. Two soft watery blues suggest wellness with their spa-like style. An understated gray-brown has an anchoring quality that conveys a sense of comfort and sanctuary in bedrooms, living rooms and dens, or calm concentration in home offices–which are a definite space getting plenty of attention these days. See if you are ready to make a splash in your own home with one of these picks.
Bold and understated at the same time, Urbane Bronze from Sherwin-Williams is a warm, grounding shade of gray-brown intended to reflect our current need for serenity and stability. “The home is now the ultimate retreat from the world, and color is an easy and effective way to create a personal haven,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. Gray undertones balance the earthy brown to create a dark, deeply comforting color reminiscent of burnished metal or timeworn stone.
Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal marries the tranquil nature of blue with green’s association with wellness, while a gray undertone keeps the color modern. Hannah Yeo, color marketing and development manager at Benjamin Moore, calls it “an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to take a moment to reflect and reset.” The color’s calming qualities make it an excellent choice for bedrooms or home offices, and its casual elegance shines on kitchen cabinetry or built-ins.
Illuminating Ultimate Gray
Pantone, which standardizes swatches for the design industry, has revealed two hues for its Color of the Year: the neutral Ultimate Gray and vibrant yellow Illuminating. “It’s a combination that speaks to the resilience, the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, reimagine and reinvent,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “Two extremely independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express this message of strength and hopefulness.”
For its first ever color of the year, Glidden has chosen an accent color: Aqua Fiesta. The Glidden team describes it as a “vibrant aquamarine that works best in small doses when combined with other neutral paint colors.” They suggest pairing this tropical turquoise with a cool gray to create an inviting spa-style in the bathroom. In bedrooms or living areas, the addition of cream-colored fabrics and neutral accessories helps soften the paint’s boldness.