Color Trends for 2021

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What’s in popular in paint colors this year?

According to Real Simple magazine, the Pantone Color Institute, the eminent forecaster, “is predicting cheerier days – and sunnier color trends.”  Invoking both relaxing comfort and a flash of energy, they chose “the warm marigold yellow, serene cerulean blue, and an optimistic yellow.” 

Each paint company travels the world to gather photos representing art, auto manufacturing, fashion, and housewares to hunt for growing color trends.  And, with the pandemic, I suspect that human emotion and social commentary have played an even larger role this year.

Sherwin-Williams has four color palettes for the coming year: Sanctuary, Encounter, Tapestry, and Continuum.  Much like the psychology behind the name of paint colors themselves, these palette names are powerful and emotional.

When I think of sanctuary, I feel comfort and well-being. Many also contemplate a natural setting upon hearing this term. That’s just what Sherwin-Williams had in mind when choosing cozy, earthy neutrals like oatmeal, taupe, sand, camel, deep bronze, and terracotta hues for next year.

Encounter color trends are richer, global, and artisanal extensions of their sister palette’s warm and earthy picks.  Deep green, muted khaki, golden harvest, wild mushroom as well as indigo blue will reign.

Evoking security, positivity, vibrancy, playfulness, and creative expression, the Tapestry collection embraces the joy of jewel tones, the energy of yellow and turquoise, and other strong moody tones.

The fourth palette in their 2021 Color Mix looks at the human side of technology.  Perhaps their Continuum palette was conceived while on a Zoom meeting? Ha! Playing up innovation and optimism, the palette includes inky hues and bright tones like cyber blue, industrial grey, teal, and the curious inclusion of lilac and chartreuse.

As we should plan to remain in our bubbles for a good part of the remaining year, add color to your décor or wardrobe. These colors will bring much needed élan – energy, style, and enthusiasm – to our challenging, no-way-around-it, pandemic-centered lives.

With many satisfied clients since 2008, Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering decorating services at reasonable rates. If you want to suggest a blog topic or have a decorating, downsizing/decluttering or home staging project needing professional help or are interested in hosting a workshop or quilt show, please contact her via her website or phone 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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