2021 Paint Color Trends | What to Expect This Year

January 6, 2021

Planning a home project and want your paint color to be on-trend? This is the perfect post for you! I love following the paint and decor trends expected for the new year because it helps steer some of my design decisions for the year. I have compiled a list of the 2021 paint colors of the year from the major paint brands.

After a year like 2020, it is not surprising that many of the paint brands are focusing their themes on comfort. If you want a good laugh, check out my color trends post from last year where the common themes were “starting fresh” with lots of earth tones to start the new decade. Maybe they knew something we didn’t and decided to bring the outdoors in since we would be stuck in our homes all year!

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Want more paint color options? Check out the list of paint color trends from 2020!


Pantone | Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

I’ve got to be honest, I was a little surprised by their 2021 color of the year choices! I love the sentiment behind it (strength and positivity), but I can’t help to imagine dated decor with these colors. I do think it would look sharp with natural stone/concrete and a few pops of yellow decor.

 Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. 

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Behr | Modern Mocha

This year, Behr chose 21 colors trends to elevate your comfort zone. One of my favorite colors from their chosen palette is Modern Mocha. Jenni from Ispydiy used this paint color in a bathroom and it looks incredible. She carried the color from the walls to the ceiling and the effect is so warm and cozy.

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Credit | ispydiy.com

Sherwin Williams | Urbane Bronze

For 2021, Sherwin Williams chose Urbane Bronze (SW 7048) as their color of the year. This rich hue brings a sense of tranquility and comfort into your home. It is rooted in nature and looks beautiful inside the home or on the exterior. Mandi from Vintage Revivals used this color for two incredible home projects. She painted a DIY fluted wall with Urbane Bronze and used the same color to paint an IKEA Hemnes dresser. Her dresser Ikea hack inspired me to add the same drawer trim to my Hemnes dresser and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

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Credit | Vintage Revivals

Benjamin Moore | Aegean Teal

Benjamin Moore chose Aegean Teal (2136-40 ) as their color of the year and it is the perfect muted teal! Similar to the other color trends, this hue offers comfort and a calming feel that allows you to reset for the new year. Benjamin Moore also offered a color palette of 12 paint options that will be on-trend for the new year.

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HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams | Passionate

The bold, red hue, Passionate, was chosen by HGTV Home as their color of the year. This deep red works well for modern designs and in traditional-style homes. Better Homes & Gardens highlights 20 design trends to expect in 2021 and this color can be used for many of those trends including Classic Traditionalism and Warm Colors.

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Graham & Brown | Epoch

Epoch, a luxurious, muddy purple, was chosen by Graham and Brown as their color of the year. I am loving this jewel-toned color and the fact that it can be used as a neutral on the walls if done right. It adds a little bit of drama to any room when included in the design.

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Dunn-Edwards

Dunn-Edwards took a slightly different approach where they created a 2021 color and design story. Their color story focuses on artisan crafts which they call Querencia. The colors were chosen to represent tradition, history, and to create an emotion of nostalgia when used. If you have a chance, check out the full color story behind their choices on their site. It is interesting to learn about the inspiration design aesthetics they had in mind when choosing each paint color.

Querencia: a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self.

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PPG | Transcend, Misty Aqua & Big Cypress

PPG chose three main colors to represent the paint colors of 2021. In addition to the main colors, they 2021 design trends with additional color palettes to choose from. They continue the trend of earth tones to bring a sense of calm to a space and reminders of sustainable living.

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If you are planning to tackle a paint project this year, consider one of the 2021 color trends. Color is so powerful and can change the mood in an entire room if you get it right. I hope you found this compilation helpful! I would love to hear what colors you chose in the comments below if you decide to paint this year!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Vivian Hall January 28, 2021 at 8:14 am

    This is such a brilliant idea that I will snag at some point I just love it and that colour trend is the cutest thing I ever saw

    • Reply lindseymahoney January 28, 2021 at 9:02 am

      I’m so glad you find it helpful! 🙂

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