Color Forecast: 2021


Around this time of year, we take a look at what colors we think we’ll be seeing a lot of in the months to follow. 2020’s color forecast featured a hopeful mix of green, pink, and blue, but now that universally unpredictable year is over and we’re expecting an entirely different mix of muted neutrals alongside optimistic bright tones.

Paint suppliers like Sherwin-Williams, Pantone, and Benjamin Moore each have their own “Color of the Year,” so for this article we are taking a look at each prediction, some of our favorite applications of these colors, and how we think they might affect the home designs we see in 2021. 

Benjamin Moore: Aegean Teal

A blend of blue-green and gray, Aegean Teal 2136-40 is an intriguing midtone that creates natural harmony.”

Our first Color of the Year comes from New Jersey-based company Benjamin Moore. What they call “Aegean Teal” is a versatile blue-green tone that pairs well with lighter shades of yellow, red, brown, and white.

After the tumultuous year of 2020, we can see this color being used in any interior space. Contrasted with shades of yellow and white, it will balance well to create a calm sense of sanctuary within the home.

Pantone: Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.

This year Pantone chose a combination of gray and yellow to create a timeless, eye-catching palette. No matter if you like yellow or not, you must admit this design jumps right out at you.

When paired up like this, these two colors can create some truly eye-catching contrast that can work wonders in a minimalistic space.

Sherwin-Williams: Urbane Bronze

Tap into nature with a hue whose warmth and comfort breathe down-to-earth tranquility. Our 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze, captures that simple sophistication every space is searching for.

With this dark tone inspired by nature, Sherwin-Williams reminds us to stay rooted. Used in interior spaces, Urbane Bronze creates a sense of earthly stability.

Paired with wood details and green foliage, Urbane Bronze can be a versatile and complimentary color. WE expect an plant parent, amateur or expert gardener could use this color somewhere in their household.

Do you agree with these paint companies’ predictions? What colors would you like to see more of in 2021? Let us know in the comments.

If you’d like to revisit last year’s color predictions, click here.