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On Our Radar: 2021 Color and Interior Design Trends

As we turn the page on 2020, we’re all looking forward to a better and brighter 2021. And the interior design trend forecasters seem to be feeling the same way.

For instance, the Pantone Color Institute chose a bright yellow called “Illuminating” along with “Ultimate Gray” and this year’s color choices from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams also play into future trends.

Naturally, color and design go hand-in-hand, so we tapped these tints with complementary design trends to watch for in the coming year. Read on for tips and ideas to help you incorporate these new colors and trends into your own home.

The Color: Pantone – Illuminating

Pantone describes Illuminating as “a bright and cheerful yellow, sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.”

Yellow has always symbolized freshness, joy and energy. A front door painted in bright yellow brings a warm and welcoming message.

The Trend: Retro Revival with Pops of Color

Old is gold, as the saying goes, and the beauty of this design trend is that it has something for everyone.

The retro revival design board includes everything from lively 1930’s and ‘40’s Art Deco art and furnishings to streamlined ‘50s furniture pieces. Add some geometric patterns and bright bold splashes of color and the result is a fun, unique look that works well in all types of spaces.

Make a Dash for it

Dagny Ceiling Fan

The color Illuminating adds a dash of brightness to a gallery wall. If painting a whole wall doesn’t appeal, think trim. Bright yellow on shelving, trim or window casing brings instant freshness. Keep the positivity going with accent furniture, wall art and textured pillows and throws.

The Color: Pantone – Ultimate Gray

According to Pantone, Ultimate Gray provides a “firm foundation for Illuminating.” Gray is the color of pebbles and rocks, so it conveys an overall sense of solidity.

A symbol of balance, the color gray feels elegant, dignified and refined.

The Trend: Comfort in Stability and Textures

This interior design trend waves goodbye to overly formal spaces and leans towards a more comfortable, grounded foundation. While color sets the mood, texture is the ultimate ambiance creator.

Think Outside the Walls 

Tanami Credenza

Balance color and texture to unify a room. A gray storage credenza with beautifully sculpted doors becomes a dramatic focal point. Layer on the texture with accent pieces like a petite tweed bench with smooth metal hairpin legs, wicker and rattan accessories and a soft sheepskin rug.

The Color: Sherwin Williams- Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze is a warm, grounding gray-brown shade. Inspired by nature, this Sherwin Williams choice has a serene and stable effect.

Bronze is an earth element and associates with humility and feeling grounded.

The Trend: Back to Nature

As our desire to connect with nature grows, so does this design trend. Natural materials like wood, stone and woven fibers invite an organic feeling. Balanced with smooth velvets and rich colors, this trend really hits home.

Lighting, Naturally

Casia Flush Mount Ceiling Light

Our desire to bring the natural world indoors is showing up in lighting trends. Natural materials like wood, metal and real glass are replacing cheaper materials like plastic as we opt for beautiful, lasting pieces that lift our spirits.

Layered lighting throughout the home continues to be important and since natural light brightens and diminishes, dimmers continue to set the mood.

The Color: Benjamin Moore- Aegean Teal
Benjamin Moore calls it “an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to take a moment to reflect and reset.”

Teal symbolizes open communication and clarity of thought.

The Trend: Traditional Comfort and Functionality

Color is a powerful design tool for making rooms feel more cheerful, calm or comfortable. Aegean Teal has soothing qualities that make it an excellent choice for a bedroom or study. But, don’t rule it out for updating built-ins or kitchen cabinets.

Call it Cozy

Garden City Double-Arm Wall Sconce & Painted Cone Pendant Light. Photo: Erin Kestenbaum

Last year, we came to appreciate rooms with day-to-day functionality and soothing comfort. On the design boards for 2021, you might compare this “old school” style to that gal or guy you knew in school that always looked put together. They made mixing trendy with comfy look easy.

At home, that means rooms with your favorite classic colors on the walls; rooms that prioritize functionality while wrapping you in comfort. This interior trend proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style for a cozy, comfortable space.

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