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2021 Paint Trends

Pantone has released the colours of the year of 2021: Ultimate Grey and Illuminating. This neutral grey and vibrant yellow duo creates a balance that speaks of optimism and joy. They’re easy to style and fit almost every room in your home. If you’re looking for some inspiration for styling this resilient combination or are looking to take a different direction entirely, here are the top paint trends of 2021.

Grey and Yellow

In following Pantone’s lead, these two colours are one of the hottest trends predicted for 2021. Both colours are independent and bold, and they work great on their own. However, when paired together, this optimistic duo makes a statement about coming together despite differences to form a harmonious balance.

The perfect colours for bringing in 2021.

If you’re looking for a more minimalist approach to grey and yellow this year, yellow as a statement piece is always popular. The cool grey tones will help keep your room neural and comfortable while hints of yellow in decor help add personality and brightness.

Or, you can go bold with yellow walls and grey furniture. This is a popular look in kitchens, with grey cabinets and yellow walls.

With Ultimate Grey and Illuminating as the leading Pantone colours for the year as heralds of optimism, vibrancy, and balance, it’s no surprise that many other of the latest home painting trends follow suit with bright colours and warm neutrals.

Warm Hues

2021 is going to be the years of comforting colours. Thus, warm, earthy hues are predicted to be a big hit.

If bold yellow isn’t your style, you may find yourself more enamored with the creams, beiges, and browns of this warmer pallet. If you want to keep it neutral while still adding in personality, muted colours such as sage are also popular.

These colours pair well with the minimalist or naturalist aesthetic. They create a warm, welcoming environment that you can personalize with decorations and greenery.

Warm hues pair well with almost any theme, however, letting you experiment and embrace a wide variety of aesthetics.


On the opposite side of the spectrum, 2021 also seems to be the years to embrace big, bold colours. Think bright teals, the Illuminating yellow from Patone, and even burnt oranges and reds for an idea of what these trending paint colours will look like.

The Benjamin Moore 2021 colour of the Year is Aegean Teal. Like the sea it's named after, this colour is rich and vibrant and pairs well with more neutral accent tones.

Jewel Tones

After a grey and dull year, it’s no surprise that 2021 is the harbinger for bright jewel tones. Coming in shades like ruby red or amethyst purple, these jewel tones bring a spark of sophistication and vibrancy to any space.

Go for a maximalist look with these vibrant tones by pairing them with metal fixtures. In the bathroom, gold fixtures and faucets will help spice up the look. In the kitchen, you can try adding gold fixtures to your sink as well. Plants can also help bring out the richness of these colours, especially if they have full, colourful blooms.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a way to bring in the new year, sometimes a change of scenery is all you need. One of the best ways to achieve this is by painting your house. However, if a DIY project doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in, hiring a professional is always an option.

York Painting Group is a team of painting professionals dedicated to making any commercial or residential space look its best. To learn more, contact us today.

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