Are you daydreaming about 2021? Are you counting down the days until this year is over? 2021 is going to be a great year for a fresh start. If you’re considering refreshing your interior paint or just revamping things, you might want to consider these 2021 color trends.

Each year Sherwin-Williams chooses a color of the year, and creates a ColorMix Forecast. These predictions are based on current events, and social trends that affect us all.

Using these factors and design expertise they are able to create several color pallets. For their ColorMix Forecast. 2021 Sherwin-Williams had a lot of things to weigh, aside from fashion, style and design trends, the pandemic paired with an election year has tweaked consumer trends. 

Each year, the color forecast embodies a theme. The 2021 theme is Rhythm of Color. Inspired by the fluidity of rhythm moving all things around us. “The same sense of balance applies to our personal sense of nature through how we live – and how we design.” With rhythm in mind, their team explored 40 color trends to create 4 color pallets.


Sherwin-Willians Colormix® Color Forecast 2021

SANCTUARY – Back to nature

The sanctuary pallet was designed with biophillia in mind, since so many people are heading outdoors in search of some peace and quiet. Biophilia is the practice of bringing nature inside. These colors create an atmosphere of calming and wellness. The sanctuary palette was inspired by cozy chic, Scandinavian design. Muted earth tones can add to elegance and minimalism to your home.


ENCOUNTER – Layers of Local Character

If you prefer rich earth tones, the encounter pallet is inspired by modern bohemian styles. These tones are organic, but they are still vibrant. Encounter was inspired by culture and artisan craft, creating an eclectic mix in your interior design.


CONTINUUM – An Ethereal Spectrum

Inspired by smart technology trends, the continuum pallet mixes synthetic and natural colors. Many of us are working from home and surrounded by technology. So, why not create an aesthetic to accompany the ever popular smart trends? The mix of colors on this pallet will allow you to design a space full of innovation and optimism with sculptural modernism.


TAPESTRY – Permission to Play

If you are looking for something more vibrant and joyful, the tapestry pallet gives “permission to play” after a long, serious year. Cater to your creative side with vibrant hues. Painting your home with colors in this theme create a mod design.


Each year Sherwin-Williams chooses a Color of the Year and this year Urban Bronze was given the honor. Inspired by nature and intended to create a calm, simplistic feeling as we reset in 2021. Urban Bronze is a versatile color you which you can use to add a touch of accent or immerse a whole room. Urbane Bronze works well with different interior design styles. Go for a chic modern look with other dark colors. Add a boho touch by pairing Urban Bronze with some natural textures and patterns. Or if your style is more whimsical, it can complement pastel colors and fixtures too.

Choosing colors can be an intimidating project. Remember, mistakes can be costly and sometimes following trends will cost you in the long run. Using these 2021 color trends, you can get a better idea of what is in style and find a jumping off point for your own personal design. 2021 is going to be a great year to start fresh, so embrace the rhythm of color to create your own private oasis. 

Use the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Visualizer to see what these colors look like in your space.

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