Designers Share 5 Dominant Color Trends in 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out and the promise of a not-so-distant future where life is normal again, now seems like the perfect time to bring your place out of the dark ages of decor and into the bright & beautiful light of 2021!

To help with your spring makeover, we're sharing these exciting new palettes and design schemes will help inspire your next interior styling session.

1. Earth tones replace cool grays

Grays and greige have long been our go-to color choices, but this year we’re leaving those cool tones behind for warmer earth ones.

“This trend is directly linked to the amount of time people have been spending at home,” says Sarabeth Asaff South, home design expert at Fixr. “Warm, natural finishes have been shown to help reduce stress in a space, and with all the time people are spending at home, warm and earthy colors are helping people feel safe and comforted—much more so than cool grays.”

Does that mean grays are out entirely? Not so fast...

“Warm, earthy tones are here to stay,” says Anna Tatsioni, lead designer at Decorilla Online Interior Design. “But that doesn't mean that there will be a complete switch to beige or ivory hues. We’ll simply be replacing cool grays with warmer ones, like gray tones that have hues of green or brown. These feel more versatile, cozy, and calming; plus, they can be easily matched with plants and greenery to bring the outdoors in.”

Our personal pick is Sherwin-Williams, Agreeable Gray Kiss

2. Ocean blues in the bedroom

Blue is one of the most serene colors out there, and this year one shade in particular is taking center stage in bedrooms and calming areas.

“Once again, it comes down to how we feel, says Asaff South. “Using a blue in a personal space can make you feel calmer. It’s also bolder and a lot more fun than earth tones.

But bringing in the blue doesn’t have to be limited to your bedroom walls—it can also make for great accent pieces and pops of color.

“Blue can complement any style and space without feeling overwhelming or too edgy,” says Tatsioni. “We can use it to update our personal space by having one large accent piece like an armchair or sofa."

Our favorite in this color category is Benjamin Moore's, Aegean Teal Kiss

3. Flora-inspired accent pieces 

“Having accent colors that are inspired by plants closely ties into the trending natural palette,” says Asaff South. “Greens, browns, and soft, earthy hues make you feel cozy. Try using your houseplants as your starting point for your color palette."

But don’t limit yourself to green and brown accents; instead, look to other colors that complement your plants.

“Some colors that fire up the intensity of green include purple and orange shades,” says Luciana Fragali of DesignSolutions. “We recommend incorporating all of these colors together by keeping your walls white, but introducing a bolder color in a painted feature wall, beautiful rug, expansive artwork, or armfuls of decorative cushions. Think aqua, teal, terra cotta, warm gray, indigo, navy, and even black. You can also look to your planters and pots to introduce color to your scheme.”

4. Textiles that incorporate trending colors

“If you opt for textiles instead of painting your walls, you can explore colors more safely,” says Asaff South. “For example, if you purchase some pillow covers in a bold new hue and get tired of them after a few months, you can more easily get new pillow covers than you can paint the wall again.”

“Textiles allow you to make a statement without purchasing all-new furniture pieces and breaking the bank," Fragali adds. "This can be achieved by adding trending colors in throws, decorative pillows, drapes and curtains, bedding, and even accent chairs.”

5. Textured wallpaper makes a comeback

Last but certainly not least, one of our favorite color trends of 2021 has got to be textured wallpaper.

“Gone are the days when wallpaper was a one-dimensional piece of paper on the wall,” says Fragali.

The latest trend in wall coverings is to give walls a "seductive 'touch me' texture," Fragali says. Think: printed cork and beaded papers, to 3D geometric designs that pop out of the walls.

"It’s also the perfect way to create a 'wow moment' in a small space, like a powder room or closet," Fragali says. "This is actually one of my favorite ways to use textured wallpaper in the home.”

Fun, inspiring options for textured wallpaper is popping up everywhere. Check them out... you may be surprised at how intrigued you are! Kiss

~Real Advantage Partners  RE/MAX Precision team

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