Design Matters: Color is Back for 2021

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If you’re tired of pale gray, the popular home paint color during the last year or so, look to the new hues of 2021.

In recent months, paint companies released their 2021 color predictions. Many of their choices have been influenced by the changes the pandemic has brought to our lives.

For example, in announcing its color of the year, Urbane Bronze (https://bit.ly/34RY9pf), Sherwin-Williams, suggests finding your sanctuary. It says, “As we're looking to create the ultimate retreat for reflection and renewal, we're turning to a hue whose natural simplicity and nature-inspired energy cultivate a sense of calm from the ground up.”

In developing its palette, Behr (https://bit.ly/3aNpJI1) developed four design themes — mindful escape, curated clarity, optimistic glam, and dramatic revival — that help homeowners create a mood in their spaces.

Benjamin Moore (https://bit.ly/34NtMA8) went with Aegean Teal, a color it says is deeply soothing and creates a natural harmony.

If you still love gray but want a refresh, look to the Pantone Color Institute. It picked two colors (https://bit.ly/34OHOBL) — the familiar gray and a pop of yellow — for 2021.

Even if you’re not planning to repaint, visit the paint company sites to learn how they chose colors, how to pick accent colors, and ways to use color to update your home’s vibe.

And for a fun read, scan the lists of paint colors’ names that include Euphoric Magenta, Limon Fresco, and Greek Villa.

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