2021 Paint Colors of the Year

It’s that time of year!

As we near the end of 2020, people are naturally reflecting on the past year and making predictions about what’s to come – and that includes home design!

Paint companies are announcing their top color choices for 2021, and there are some big differences compared to the past few years. After all the time spent at home, along with the ups and downs of the year, even people with the most neutral home decor are itching for something fresh and new. 

From darker hues to bright pops of color, people are changing things up at home, and paint companies believe color can create environments that are soothing and uplifting.

Take a look at 2021’s top picks from six major paint companies:

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore selected the soothing Aegean Teal for its 2021 color of the year. The calming blend of blue-green and gray adds color to the home while remaining modern. Hannah Yeo, color marketing and development manager at Benjamin Moore, calls it “an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to take a moment to reflect and reset.” 

Sherwin Williams

For a bolder look, Sherwin Williams selected Urbane Bronze. The rich gray-brown neutral gives any room a grounded, down-to-earth feel. The color is meant to help you feel like you are one with nature, and can create a cozy atmosphere whether used on all four walls of a room or as an accent. 


Pantone surprised us all by choosing not one, but two contrasting colors: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. The neutral (and always loved) gray pairs perfectly with the bright and sunny yellow, creating a pop of color that is uplifting. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said, “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.”


This year, Glidden chose their first Accent Color of the Year with Aqua Fiesta. This cheerful aquamarine pairs well with Glidden’s 2020 color of the year, Whirlwind, while adding a pop of color. This fun color is sure to brighten any room!

Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball went in another direction with deep, luxurious colors including Deep Reddish Brown, Tanner’s Brown, and Preference Red. These warm colors will help create cozy sanctuaries in any area of your home. 


Rust-Oleum, a spray paint company, is ready to spice things up with their color of the year, Satin Paprika. A warm, earthy color, this spray paint can be used to add a pop of color to indoor or outdoor furniture and decor, making a great weekend project for DIYers.  

Are you planning on adding new colors to your home decor this year? Let me know in the comments!

dark paint in bedroom

Dark & Moody: How to Incorporate Dark Paint in the Bedroom

Neutral colors ranging from grays to blues, and off-whites to beiges, are popular in interior design. 

But nothing makes a statement like a dark paint color. 

Many people shy away from dark paint because they think it will make the room feel small and cold. When designed correctly, dark hues can create a space that feels glamorous, contemporary, and even spacious. When used in the bedroom, dark colors set the tone for a calming space and a good night’s rest.

Keep reading for tips on incorporating dark paint into the bedroom. 

Consider the Ceiling and Flooring

Dark walls need to be balanced. If you darken the ceiling along with the walls, you risk a cave-like space. Instead, opt for a white ceiling to open the space overhead, creating an airy feeling. As far as flooring, light-colored hardwood, or a light area rug can bring in the contrast you need. 

Lighten Up the Furniture


In addition to keeping the ceiling and floors light, the right furniture helps to balance dark walls. In fact, light furniture against dark walls can trick the eye into thinking the room has more natural light, making it appear larger. It doesn’t have to stop with furniture! In the bedroom, you can also bring in light colors with light fixtures, bedding, decor, and curtains.

Highlight Your Art

A dark wall creates the perfect backdrop for displaying colorful artwork. In many cases, the dark background creates a more visually appealing contrast than neutral or light walls. Hang one large statement piece above the bed for a dramatic effect, or create a gallery wall with several of your favorite pieces. Art brightens up any space, and makes your bedroom truly unique. 

Start with One Wall

If going dark is still intimidating, start with an accent wall. Paint one wall your choice color, while keeping the other walls light. This adds the dramatic effect you’re looking for without committing to all four walls. It’s also a great option if your bedroom has little natural light. 

Still unsure about going dark? Start by helping us decide what Benjamin Moore paint color to paint the guest bedroom at 66 High Street. Vote on Facebook or Instagram, and stay tuned to see how it turns out!