Colour has the power to transform a space and most importantly change the way we feel. The uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which has upended our usual way of life is now being reflected in the paint trends of 2021. This year there is a significant move towards comforting, warm tones which create a calm and relaxed retreat and an at-home escape from the everyday stresses we currently face. Here’s five of our favourite paint trends for the year ahead. Which would you go for? Or would you incorporate a combination of these trends into your home?
Beige is the new Grey
Grey, the trend we’ve seen everywhere over the last few years, in every shade under the sun may finally be on its way out. While we don’t see it completely disappearing anytime soon, there is a general move towards a warmer palette of neutral and beige tones for those lighter paints that can cover the whole house. Rather than brilliant white or grey, opting for these natural shades can create a more peaceful and restorative atmosphere.
As well as those natural lighter shades, one of the key trends of the year is earthy, dark brown and clay tones. Dulux have chosen ‘Brave Ground’ as their Colour of the Year 2021, a comforting and balancing shade which reflects strong foundations and gives a much-needed feeling of stability in these unprecedented times.
‘Brave Ground’ by Dulux
Bring the Outside In
From light sage to deep olive, green is set to be a trend on the rise this year. Green walls are a fresh way of introducing nature into the home, blurring the lines between outside and in. Green welcomes you and has the ability to create a tranquil and serene environment, while also giving a feeling of continual growth.
To the Dark Side
The grey paint trend is witnessing a change. Rather than the light shades that have risen to popularity in the last few years, people are now turning to concrete-effect paint and dark charcoal shades with warm undertones to create a cosy atmosphere. While it may appear dramatic, the trend can be softened by introducing wood and rattan furniture and by providing contrast with light accessories.
Image by Rose & Grey
Add a Little Spice
If it’s colour you’re after, then this year’s trend for spice-inspired tones may be for you. Think warming shades of deep red, plum, mustard and terracotta. These colours may sound bold, but they can provide a cosy, soothing and cocooning space, while also giving a luxurious look.
‘Preference Red’ by Farrow & Ball