Unsurprisingly, spring is inherently associated with color. After months of dreary gray skies and white, snow-covered terrain, it's budding blossoms and burgeoning blades of grass that undeniably signal the return of pigment to the landscape. For interior decorating, it's a great opportunity to breathe new life and color into the home.
To find out which nature-inspired shades are making their way into interior design this season, naturally, we turned to top Decorist designers Ariana LaRae, Casey Hardin, and Elena Calabrese. From moody jewel tones to warm neutrals, these are the spring paint color trends the pros are already obsessing over. Want to be ahead of the curve? Keep scrolling for this season's paint color trend forecast, including specific shades to try come March 20.
Blue is always a great choice, as it's basically a neutral you can pair with almost any other shade.
"Cheerful, and calming Veiled Spotlight is the perfect color choice for spring," LaRae explains. "I love the mixture of the subtle blue and grey. It’s a wonderful way to introduce yourself to color without committing to anything too bold or overwhelming. This is a great starter paint color for any space. I would use this color to update a dining room or living room. It’s also a wonderful paint color for a powder room, perfect for updating small and large rooms."
Easy neutrals are always in style, but Decorist designers are predicting a major return to one in particular this spring.
"Muslin is a timeless neutral that has beautiful warm undertones," LaRae says. "This paint color keeps things classic while warming up any space. I love how I can layer in rich wood tones and gray upholstery to completely transform the room. I would use this color for a classic look in a [primary bedroom]. It’s perfect for updating the room while keeping things soft."
We can't think of a color that screams spring more than a bright pastel, reminiscent of seasonal blooms.
"You will be seeing a lot of bright, happy colors such as turquoise blue, mint green, and bright pink emerge in the spring and summer of 2021," Hardin predicts. "The movement to accenting rooms with playful color (such as pink, mint, and turquoise) is reflective of our collective hope for a brighter future, following the tumultuous pandemic of 2020."
Afraid of bringing in bright color? Don't be, Hardin says.
"These colors work because they add fun and youthfulness to a space," Hardin explains. "My favorite way to use poppy pastels in a space is to go big and paint the entire room, then contrast with decorative accents in complementary colors. I also love using poppy pastels for bathroom vanities to add a pop of color and visual interest."
2021 will be all about a return to more traditional and comfortable spaces, which includes easy-to-decorate-with neutrals.
"The interior design industry, as a whole, has seen a shift away from overly contemporary spaces and a movement to spaces that seamlessly blend modern lines with traditional elements," Hardin explains. "Using a light neutral for the main walls in a living room or bedroom is a great way to create a foundation that allows your furniture and art to pop. I am currently using light neutral paint to create classic spaces that have bold juxtaposition of modern patterns and timeless furnishings."
The easiest way to bring some happiness to your home? Just add yellow.
"It's no wonder that 2021 picks the most uplifting and happy colors of rainbow," Calabrese says. "Pantone chose 'Illuminating' yellow as the color of the year. I have been loving lemony yellow forever, so I am so happy to see it get some love.
Whether you want to wash an entire room in yellow or just add a few accents here and there, it's a great option for spring.
"It's especially effective in kitchens and it tends to remind us of happy times," Calabrese explains. "Also, it’s powerful in uplifting an otherwise neutral interior by adding pops of yellow in art, pillows or even an occasional chair. It looks amazing paired with grays, whites, and blues."
Blush pink might remind you of a trend from a few years back, but it's not over just yet.
"It has just become a classic neutral," Calabrese explains. "I recently discovered the shade 'Versailles Rose' from Behr. It is the perfect neutral pink. I love this because it feels sophisticated, neutral, soft and on trend. It's particularly nice with varying shades of off-whites, taupes and soft grays. It’s great for walls, ceilings and or trim details."
While black may seem like a moody choice for the fall or winter months, it's actually the perfect contrast color for the spring.
"The most appealing way to use black and white is to use tones that should actually be slightly off and warm," Calabrese says. "This gives a softness to the combination, otherwise pure black and white is too stark. This color is particularly impactful on cabinetry, casework and exteriors. Don't be afraid to go dark!"