Paint: Plays Well Together, pt. 1

In a fatigued world where people are looking for nurturing and comfort, paint companies have presented colour palettes that turn the home into a big hug.

Colours of the Year | Pantone

Single things can’t be picked for anything this year, it seems: no single presidential winner; no single vaccine; and no single colour of the year. Even the go-to experts on colour can’t make up their mind, as evidenced by Pantone’s choice for colours of the year. Yes, that’s correct, colours, as in plural. To close out this tumultuous year, the experts on the rainbow have selected two colours aimed to set the tone for 2021. According to Pantone, “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.”


Aegean Teal | Benjamin Moore

This blue-green shade is the 2021 Colour of the Year and according to the company began in the kitchen, where home-life is centred. “The colours we surround ourselves with can have a powerful impact on our emotions and wellbeing,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Colour Marketing & Development. “Aegean Teal and the corresponding Colour Trends 2021 palette express a welcoming, lived-in quality that celebrates the connections and real moments that take place within the home.”

Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year 2021: Aegean Teal

2021 Colours of the Year | Valspar

For Valspar, it is not one but 12 “livable shades” that represent 2021, blending “home improvement with self-improvement,” says the company. “Our homes have become offices, entertainment centers and classrooms,” said Sue Kim, Valspar Colour Marketing Manager. “These lifestyle changes coupled with a surge in DIY home activity helped guide our selection of a range of colours that can not only transform your space but also elevate your mood.”

Blue-winged Warbler | Sico

Named after a vibrant North American songbird, this Colour of the Year is a combination of blue and green to create a jade aqua tone that pairs nicely with light creams, warm beiges or floral accents, a departure from nearly a decade of smoky grays. “While much of the world continues to shelter in place, consumers have turned to nature to receive the comfort and relaxation that they have been longing for after months of feeling unsettled,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, Sico senior marketing manager.

2021 Colour Trends | Farrow & Ball

This paint brand sees the year ahead in four hue groups shaped by the new needs of the home: Rich and Warm; Clean and Timeless Blues; Natural Greens; and Earth Colours, as identified by Colour Curator Joa Studholme, who sees a move away from dark charcoals and blues and towards the warmer colours of nature.