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Colour Trends. What’s Popular in 2021?

Colour trends. What’s Popular in 2021?

Colour is one of the most crucial aspects of interior design. It can create an atmosphere, help convey a particular style and even do wonders for your health and mental wellbeing.  In short, colour is one element of the design process you’ll want to get right. Before you get started on the selection process, you should ask yourself the below questions:

  • What feeling do I want my home to inspire?
  • What style am I trying to achieve?
  • What colours will make me feel comfortable and truly at home in a space?’

After a year of complete upheaval and more time spent indoors than ever, here’s what colours are trending in 2021.

pantone colors of the year: Ultimate gray and illuminating

Nothing sets the colour agenda for the year more than the Pantone Color of the Year. In 2021, they’ve chosen two starkly different colours – Ultimate Gray and a sunny yellow called Illuminating. Explaining the choices, the Pantone team said, “practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray + Illuminating is one of strength and positivity.”

At Edina Building Group, we’ve already seen the grey colour trend take root in the design choices of our clients. It’s become a real favourite in bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. While some may view grey as drab or dull, the right choice is exactly the opposite – very refreshing and can help inspire a feeling of tranquillity and calm.

Yellow, on the other hand, is an undeniably positive, spirited colour that makes us feel warm and happy. It’s the perfect choice if you want to add a pop of colour to a more muted or neutral space.

dulux colour forecast: nourish, retreat and reset

Paint company Dulux also created their own colour forecast for 2021, with three colour schemes called Nourish, Retreat and Reset.

Nourish is all about getting back to nature, with warm, earthy tones that mirror the natural environment. Think sandy browns, comforting caramels and deep olive greens. Retreat is more eclectic and indebted to the 70s, with a palette that will reenergise your home with subtle reds and pinks, crisp whites and light sage tones. Reset, on the other hand is homely and crafted for supreme relaxation, with a colour scheme heavy with stormy blues paired with soft greys and light browns.

all shades of green

After 2020, when access to the great outdoors was limited, it makes sense that in 2021 we are reaching for colours which remind us of greenery and natural beauty. Green is also seen as a healing colour, which can help soothe and encourage restoration.

We’re seeing the uptick of many different greens used in home interiors. Mint, sage and pastel greens are popular in the kitchen and bedroom, whereas darker and earthier greens are becoming more frequent in living spaces. The Shutterstock colour trend report identified Tidewave Green, a deep teal, as one of the key colours of 2021.


Want to learn what colours are right for your new home? Get in touch with the expert team at Edina Building Group today!

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