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A new year means new colors are announced by several companies, this news is greatly anticipated by designers everywhere. The color of the year has an influence on the world of design including home interiors, furnishings and even fashion. Each company has chosen their color of the year for a specific reason. Today we want to explore three companies who made a selection and ways you can incorporate it into your design.
Pantone: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating
“A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”
Pantone did something a little different this year and chose two colors looking to bring a “message of positivity” to us. Read more about the reasons behind their selection here. Yellow has always been associated with happiness and sunshine, making it a beautiful addition to any area in the home. Gray is a steady color and like many rocks, it stands the test of time. This is a perfect compliment to the yellow and creates an inviting yet secure space for you to enjoy. There are many ways you can incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating into your home.
Benjamin Moore: Aegean Teal
“Intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing”
Blue is a color that invokes a sense of calm wherever it is present, think ocean and spa days. Their goal is to create an atmosphere of familiarity and comfort, two essential elements for home. Life can be hectic and stressful which means it is important to have areas in the home where we can relax. Blue has the ability to help us relax so consider adding a touch of calm in your home through the use of Aegean Teal. Read about some of the other colors Benjamin Moore recommends to compliment their color of the year.
Sherwin-Williams: Urbane Bronze
“Capturing that simple sophistication every space is searching for”
Sherwin-Williams chose to take some advice from nature and go back to a color that is warm and tranquil. This is a great choice since many are wanting to build more eco-friendly homes and incorporate that natural feel into their interior design. This color works well with an array of hues and shades as well as design elements such as lighting, decor items, and furniture since it is considered a neutral color. If you enjoy nature and want to create a design that takes you back to a simpler time, this color of the year is for you. Read more about why Sherwin Williams made Urbane Bronze their choice.
How to incorporate the color of the year
It’s one thing to know what the color of the year options are but how do you weave it into your home. We have a few ideas about that.
Accent walls: you don’t have to paint an entire room to make a statement, in fact, one accent wall can create a nice focal point in the space.
Decor items: throw pillows, elegant vases, art work, and floor coverings are just some of the ways you can add pops of color into your home. They are easy to change out to when you decide it is time for something different.
Furniture pieces: a gray couch, a yellow chair, or built-ins with a colored backdrop can make for beautiful focal points.
Window treatments: often the most overlooked area in the home, but they can have a dramatic effect. From simple panels to elegant valances, there are many ways to get the style you are looking for in your room.
Front door: this is an idea that seems small but can have a dramatic effect on the exterior plus it is also fun. Painting the front door adds a splash of color to the home and can always be easily changed whenever you want.
These are just some of the ways you can have fun with the color of the year and there are plenty of options.
Color of the Year 2021
Color is always a fun element in design, one that can affect the mood or change the style of the room. Each company’s choice is beautiful and offers a variety of options for everyone. Don’t be afraid to try something new, you never know but you may like it so much it will become the new favorite in your home.