2021 Paint Color Trends, According to Behr

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It's no secret that 2020 has been a bit of a whirlwind (to put it lightly) and people around the world have been spending more time in their homes than ever before. We worked from home, we isolated at home, we hosted virtual happy hours at home. You name it.

So, when Behr Paint set out to create their yearly color trend palette for 2021, our collective need for comfort at home was top of mind.

“This has been a year of unpredictability and 2020 has significantly changed our relationship with our home. When our color team began exploring a palette for the coming year, we knew it needed to be grounded in what we’ve been craving: comfort and personalization,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color at Behr.

When our color team began exploring a palette for the coming year, we knew it needed to be grounded in what we’ve been craving: comfort and personalization.

But just because comfort was a key factor in determining this year's palette doesn't mean the Behr team skimped on style for even a second.

“A new, elevated articulation of comfort goes beyond traditional beige, gray, and green hues, and embraces color in a way that can redefine and enhance any type of space inside or outside the home,” Woelfel continues.

The palette Behr decided on is comprised of 21 unique shades they predict will be all the rage when it comes to interior and commercial design in 2021.

There are six distinct color themes within the palette as well, with shades paired together based on their stylistic compatibility. But that doesn't mean you're pigeonholed into choosing just one theme for your own home. All 21 colors work together, so you can mix-and-match until you find a style that fits your aesthetic best.

Read on to see the sic color themes and 21 interior paint colors that Behr predicts will be most popular in 2021.

Casual Comfort

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In this collection of shades, "light and cozy neutrals offer an updated take on the casual farmhouse look, achievable with warm-toned hues," according to the Behr team.

Optimistic View

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Optimistic View, on the other hand, is "an eclectic mix of bright, luxe shades [that] evoke a Mediterranean or ’70s glam vibe."

Subtle Focus

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Fans of pastels are sure to love the Subtle Focus theme, which features softer shades "inspired by modern versions of Art Deco design and styling."

Calm Zone

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While comfort is an overarching theme throughout the entire 2021 trends palette, the Calm Zone theme in particular features colors tailored to "our society’s desire for self-care and wellbeing."

Quiet Haven

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For homes that prefer to make a statement, the Quiet Haven theme is comprised of "darker, evocative colors [that] are fit for traditional and maximalist décor."

Outdoor Escape

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If you're not looking to update your interiors in 2021 but still crave a color refresh, consider one of the exterior-friendly shades from the Outdoor Escape theme.

Head over to Behr to check out each of the 21 shades, which are available to shop exclusively at the Home Depot.

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