Color Trends of 2021 Blog Post by Modern Ornament explores the color palettes of the year by five color leaders in the home design market.

The 2021 Colors of the Year!

2021 Colors of the Year
2021 is in full swing, and we are geeking-out over the color forecasts for the year ahead! Perfect for that fresh coat of paint, chair fabric or home accessory, the colors of the year 2021 echo themes of optimism, comfort, relaxation and well-being, while speaking into some of the emotional cravings the past year has brought on.
As we look at some of the color trend palettes for 2021, we can see lots of variety across the color spectrum, however, the themes of optimism, grounding in nature and calmness through color exploration are a common theme through each of these color palettes. Let’s take a closer look at five of the color experts we constantly turn to for color wisdom and inspiration, as well as learn how we can easily incorporate these colors into our own homes!


Ultimate Gray + Illuminating: a message of happiness supported by fortitude

Pantone Color of the Year 2021

This year the Pantone Color Institute has chosen two different colors as the 2021 color of the year, calling it "a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting."

Together, this bright yellow and a modern grey bring forth "a message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit...As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality." -Pantone Color Institute


Aegean Teal: intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021

“Celebrate the simple pleasures—think the faded rumple of linen sheets in the morning and perfectly ripened fruits on the windowsill. The twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and wellbeing. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home.” -Benjamin Moore Paints


Urbane Bronze: down-to-earth tranquility

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2021

“Now more than ever, our homes have become the backdrop to our lives, reminding us that the moments worth cherishing have always been right in front of us. As we're looking to create the ultimate retreat for reflection and renewal, we're turning to a hue whose natural simplicity and nature-inspired energy cultivate a sense of calm from the ground up."  -Sherwin Williams


Contemplative: relax and comfort

Pratt & Lambert Color of the Year 2021

“Contemplative, our 2021 Color of the Year, is a deep, moody green that makes every room feel calming, elegant and modern. Refresh any space in your home with this rich color and then relax and enjoy the beautiful change.” -Pratt & Lambert Paints


Transcend, Big Cypress and Misty Aqua: nostalgic neutrals and comforting hues

PPG Paints Color of the Year 2021

Showcasing natural hues that are comforting, compassionate and optimistic, this color palette of the year by PPG Paints resonates with themes of wellness.

This trio of colors are “paint colors intended for the person who wants to fully embrace mindfulness and intention, our first-ever Paint Color Palette of the Year showcases natural hues that are comforting, compassionate and optimistic. The color trio celebrates beauty of all kinds and relates to those who prioritize wellness in mind, body and spirit.” -PPG Paints

Expanding on the Color of the Year

Forecasting color trends is a very thought-out process.  Teams of color experts who are industry leaders take inspiration from a variety of trades and regions, traveling the world looking for new color influences.  Their color exploration takes cues from a variety of trades, looking to not just home design, but also to cultural and environmental influences, fashion, art, and all kinds of design influences to inspire their work.

Put Color Trends Into Practice : 60-30-10 Style

Not sure where, or how, to start incorporating color trends into your home?  Try starting by using the 60-30-10 Design Rule for creating a color palette for your home.  The 60-30-10 rule is a design principle that calls for 60% of a room to be the dominant color, 30% the secondary color, and 10% the accent color.  The idea is to help you create and maintain a sense of balance through your interior color palette, and help the eye take in the space more comfortably as it looks from one focal point to the next.  The 60-30-10 rule is simple to use, and factors in all your architectural and decor elements like your walls, draperies, furniture, furnishings and home accents.

To help you brainstorm (and get excited about!) incorporating these color trends into your home, take a look at the rest of the color palettes for 2021 put together by the color experts at Benjamin Moore Paints, Sherwin Williams Paints, Pratt & Lambert Paints and PPG Paints.  There's sure to be a color to get your inspiration flowing!

Benjamin Moore Paints 2021 Color Trends Palette

Benjamin Moore Paints Color Palette of the Year 2021

Sherwin Williams Colormix Forecast 2021

Sherwin Williams Colormix Forecast 2021 Continuum and Encounter

Sherwin Williams Colormix Forecast 2021 Sanctuary and Tapestry

Pratt & Lambert 2021 Color Trends Collection

Pratt & Lambert 2021 Color Trends Collection

PPG Paints 2021 Paint Color Palettes

Be True

PPG Paints Be True Color Palette 2021

Be Well 

PPG Paints Be Well 2021 Color Palette

Be Wild

PPG Paints Be Wild 2021 Color Palette
Now that you've immersed yourself in these colors, let us know which are your favorite colors or color palettes and how you're planning on incorporating them into your home this year in the comments below!  We'd love to see what you create with these colors, tag us on social media so we can cheer on your amazing designs!

-by Wendy Gonzalez for Modern Ornament
[ a home decor + gift boutique ]

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