Color of the Year 2021
While the Pantone Color of the Year definitely takes the top spot as a trend predictor, there are several other players in the COTY game worth paying attention to. After the year we’ve all had, it’s no surprise that people are concerned with their security and comfort, but there’s also still plenty of hope for a brighter future. These color picks definitely reflect those contrasting, yet related feelings that are permeating our society right now.
Pantone: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating
This is the second time that Pantone has chosen two colors to share the title of Color of the Year. 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and 13-0647 Illuminating are perfectly complementary and support the themes of stability and optimism. The cool gray brings to mind feelings of calm solidity while the bright sunny yellow is uplifting and positive.
Sherwin-Williams: Urbane Bronze
Sherwin-Williams tapped into the calming serenity of nature for their color pick this year. SW 7048 Urbane Bronze is a soothing yet sophisticated neutral with green and brown tones. Perfect for creating a cozy retreat space in your home, this color is sure to be popping up across the social media channels this year for home design inspiration.
Benjamin Moore: Aegean Teal
Sticking with nature-inspired tranquility, Benjamin Moore turned to the cooler side of the color spectrum with their choice, Aegean Teal. The subdued blue with tints of gray is both restful and inspiring, reminiscent of relaxing by the sea and taking time to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
Rust-Oleum: Satin Paprika
With an earthy, boho-vibe, Rust-Oleum’s choice of Satin Paprika was chosen for it’s association with hearth and home. Invoking homey feelings of settled contentment, the hue is a deep, warm red that pairs well with a variety of palettes.
With the focus on colors that promote peace and hopefulness, we can expect these color choices to show up in home renovations throughout the year.