Paint and Color Trends for 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, many of us are eagerly anticipating the start of a new year. We’ve spent more time at home than ever over the past several months — and after living and working within the same four walls for months, it’s definitely time for a fresh start. Adding a fresh coat of paint is a great way to make your entire home feel brand new, and there are lots of new options and trends to explore as we look ahead to 2021. 

Looking forward, experts predict that the impact of COVID and stay-at-home orders will influence color trends immensely in the new year. More than ever, people want to create a home that is a relaxing sanctuary — a place where they can feel safe and comfortable. 

Colors Are Driven By Emotions: What Does 2021 Have In Store?

Experts have determined that certain colors, or even groups of colors, can have an impact on our emotions. For example, blue shades tend to be calming, and yellows tend to invoke feelings of happiness and joy. 

With all of the stress and uncertainty this year, major paint brands have released color trends for 2021 that reflect the need and desire for comfort and happiness to be infused into our homes.

Contrary to the 2020 color trends, where more moody hues and loud shades dominated the conversation, color and design experts are predicting trends centered around comfort moving forward. That’s no surprise, as many of us have been working and living from home — and feeling more stress than usual in a space that’s supposed to be safe and relaxing.

Many of the color hues in next year’s newly released palettes are serene blues and greens. Studies have shown that these colors are good for rooms where you spend a lot of time, because they can help promote serenity and peacefulness. 

Top Paint Brands Focus on Peace and Calm in 2021: Here are the Colors to Look For

PPG Paints introduced the ”Be Well” palette for 2021. It’s a collection of natural hues and warm neutral tones. The anticipated effect of this palette is to bring a sense of calm and lightness to the space. After a year of uncertainty, the predictable stability of neutral shades can be comforting and relieving.

Similarly to PPG, Behr released their 2021 color trends with 21 colors to create an elevated feeling of comfort, in six different palettes. The colors are elegant and categorized in a way that brings a sense of ease with names like Calm Zone, Subtle Focus, and Optimistic View. The different palettes have been designed to aid homeowners in matching a paint with how they want to feel at home.

Valspar also chose to spotlight 12 different shades for 2021, featuring “fresh and familiar colors that are on-trend now and easy to love forever” — including muted and versatile neutrals like Dusty Lavender, Blissful Blue, and Academy Gray. 

Meanwhile, Benjamin Moore is focusing on soothing shades and colors that promote harmony. Their palette is designed to make the home feel more like “home,” creating a distinction from the chaotic office, school, gym, and playground it has become in recent months. Benjamin Moore’s “Color of the Year,” Aegean Teal, is a blend of blue-green and gray, designed to create natural harmony in the space. Interestingly, studies conducted in 2017 revealed that teal is the world’s favorite color!

Sherwin-Williams is opting for a more natural color by introducing an understated 2021 color of the year: Urbane Bronze. The inspiration for this color trend is nature and its organic appeal. Sherwin-Williams has coined it a “new neutral that can be used wherever and however.” 

How to Use 2021 Paint Trends In Your Chicagoland Home

Over the past year, ”home” has also likely come to mean office, school, and family game room. Using the same space in so many different ways can feel overwhelming. 

Fortunately, a fresh coat of paint can make even the most lived-in room feel new again. Even if we find ourselves looking at the same walls in the new year, the color of the room can positively affect how we are feeling. 

To incorporate 2021’s trending colors in your home, try painting your bedroom in a soft, calming blue or a light, reliable neutral. In your living room, a warm bronze or deeper neutral shade can help the space feel cozier and safe. Think about using accent colors and textures to help set a room off, and create the unique feeling that you want to conjure up. For example, earthy brown furniture and houseplants can make a space feel rustic and natural, while clean metallic finishes can make the area feel modern and serene. 

Be sure to bring home samples of paint to test areas before you commit to a color. You’ll want to paint small swatches on at least two walls to see how it looks throughout the day in different lighting, and make sure the colors match your furniture and other decor pieces. 

For more inspiration and ideas, check out our tips on choosing the perfect paint color and finding surprising ways to use color around the house. 

Making the Most Your Time at Home

Whether it’s now serving as a school, office, playground, or simply a safe space, our home has never been more important. We know this is as well as anyone. At Baird & Warner, Chicagoland has been our home since 1855.

Looking for new ideas to make the most of your space? Ready to start your search for a new home in the months ahead? Whatever your real estate goals may be, we get you — and we’re here to help make things easier, at every step of the way.