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Trending Paint Colours

We all know that one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your home a facelift is with a fresh, new coat of paint. If you cannot afford extensive renovations or you simply don’t have the time, why not repaint instead? Even the most-drab looking room can be revived with a simple change of colour. And this year, mild, soothing colours are gaining attention. This may be because more people are spending time at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic and people want to feel relaxed in their homes even as they face the uncertainty of the world outside.

Two of the more popular paint manufacturers, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, have released their 2021 palettes and they are both filled with light, natural hues. These colours are said to have a calming effect, which we all need after a hectic 2020. Let’s look at the trending colours from both manufacturers.

Benjamin Moore

Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore’s Director of Colour Marketing and Development explained that noted the impact of the pandemic on people’s emotional and mental state saying colours contribute to the way we feel. “Amid the uncertainty, people yearn for stability. The colours we surround ourselves with can have a powerful impact on our emotions and wellbeing,” she said.

It is perhaps why Benjamin Moore selected Aegean Teal 2136-40 as its 2021 colour of the year. The colour is described as “a beautiful blend of blue-green, softened with a touch of grey.” It is not a bright, busy or over-stimulating colour yet is not drab and boring. It is balanced and soothing and is a colour that can create elegance in any home.

The colour's calming qualities make it an ideal choice for the bedroom where you want to feel relaxed or for home offices where you need to be focused. Benjamin Moore also recommends it for kitchens and cabinetry.

Aegean Teal is part of Benjamin Moore’s 12-colour 2021 palette, all selected for their soothing properties and work well together. The collection includes buttery yellows, shades of off white, and deep earthy hues that pair well with Aegean Teal. Benjamin Moore suggests decorating with natural materials such as wood, stone, and brick for a balanced, textured look when using colours from their 2021 palette.

The palette includes the colours Gray Cashmere, Rosy Peach, Chestertown Buff, Atrium White, Muslin, Foggy Morning, Beacon Hill Damask, Potters Clay, Amazon Soil, Kingsport Gray, and Silhouette.

Sherwin Williams

While their palettes are vastly different, both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore recognized the need for a colour scheme that makes the home feel warm and inviting as more people are spending time indoors amid the pandemic.

″The home is now the ultimate retreat from the world, and the colour is an easy and effective way to create a personal haven,″ said Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

Benjamin Moore selected calming and soothing colours, however, Sherwin Williams gravitated towards earthy tones, an interpretation of how people are now spending their free time. Unable to gather for parties and events like before, many people are now spending their free time gardening, hiking and other activities involving nature. Sherwin Williams used this as their inspiration for selecting their 2021 colour palette and their 2021 colour of the year – Urbane Bronze SW 7048. The colour is a deep shade of grey-brown. The company recommends using it in a bedroom or den for a cosy feeling. It is also recommended for kitchen cabinetry. In this case, the company recommends painting kitchen walls in a white hue to offset the darkness of the cabinets. The bold shade also works well as an accent colour such as for your front door or accent wall in your living room.

To bring out the colour's organic feel, Sherwin Williams suggests decorating with furniture made from natural materials, including wood, stone, and woven fabrics.

Sherwin Williams’ 2021 colour palette is much more extensive than Benjamin Moore’s. While Benjamin Moore selected 12 hues, Sherwin Williams has selected 40 trending colours separated into 4 palettes – Sanctuary, Encounter, Continuum and Tapestry.

The Colour of the Year, Urbane Bronze, belongs to the Sanctuary palette which is a palette of browns, greys and beiges, inspired by nature.

The Encounter palette offers more range of colour with some warm shades of blue and an earthy red and bronze. Lighter shades of blue and lilac make up the Continuum palette, and the Tapestry palette includes some pink hues. Whichever palette you choose, the colours work well together to complement each other in your home.

Other paint companies have revealed their picks for 2021 Colour of the Year and they all have one thing in common. They all agree that after a tumultuous 2020, people want their homes to happy. They want hues that soothe and lift their spirits. Here are some of the colours chosen by paint manufacturers for 2021:


Pantone selected two contrasting shades as its top picks for 2021 – a neutral shade of grey called Ultimate Grey and a sunny yellow called Illuminating which the company says combines to reflect a sense of resilience and optimism for the year ahead.


Spray paint brand Rust-Oleum selected a hue called Satin Paprika as its pick for 2021. The company says this colour works well on accent furniture such as a lamp or side-table.


Aqua Fiesta is Glidden’s 2021 Colour of the Year. It is a vibrant blue-green which the company says may feel overwhelming as an all-over wall colour but works well as an accent colour. The company suggests pairing it with a cool grey for use in bathrooms, bedrooms or living areas.


Valspar has not announced a specific shade for 2021 but instead named 12 colours as its top picks for the year. The tones range from misty blues to warm apricot and the company says they were chosen for their ability to calm and encourage mindfulness.

Whichever colours you choose for your home this year, be mindful that colours do have an impact on feelings and emotions. Go with colours that will lift your mood and soothe you as you spend more time indoors. Contact us here at TriniHelper if you need professional and experienced painters to do the job.

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