Paint Color Trends 2021

Trending paint colors are fun, bold and a little bit overstated – but they don’t lack elegance or sophistication. We’re going to explore Trending Color Palettes and Paint Color of The Year from top brands like Sherwin-Willaims, Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, Behr & Dunn-Edwards!

Color Trends 2021 by Benjamin Moore

Big Cypress by PPG Paints (PPG1062-5)

Big Cypress – LRV: 28 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

Big Cypress by PPG paint color
Big Cypress by PPG Paints

One of my favorite trending colors for 2021 is Big Cypress by PPG Paints. This is a fun, warm color that’s sure to make any room feel relaxed and inviting.

PPG Paints describes the color as:

Big Cypress is a saturated, shaded, ginger orange with a persimmon undertone. It is a perfect paint color for a warm, huggable room. Pair it with cherry or mahogany woods and touches of gold.

Living Room color: Big Cypress
Paint Color: Big Cypress by PPG Paints (source)

Wild Blue Yonder by Dunn-Edwards (DE5855)

Wild Blue Yonder – LRV: 60 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

Wild Blue Yonder paint color
Wild Blue Yonder by Dunn-Edwards

Dunn-Edward’s 2021 color of the year is Wild Blue Yonder (DE5855). The color is light, cool and fun! Here’s what Dunn-Edwards has to say about the color:

a light, airy and soothing pale blue — encourages us to slow down, take a deep breath, and approach 2021 with new hope and confidence.

Living room painted with Wild Blue Yonder paint
Paint Color: Wild Blue Yonder by Dunn-Edwards (source)

Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams (SW 7048)

Chestertown Buff – LRV: 8 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

Urbane Bronze paint color
Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams

With a LRV of only 8, Urbane Bronze is one of the darkest non-black colors you’ll find – this makes in an excellent accent color.

Urbane Bronze is Sherwin-Williams color of the year for 2021! Sherwin-Williams is the largest paint company in the world, so this award is a huge honor.

With a little bit of a green undertone, Urbane Bronze will appear as a very dark greige in most lighting conditions.

Urbane Bronze living room paint
Wall Color: Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams (source)

Chestertown Buff by Benjamin Moore (HC-9)

Chestertown Buff – LRV: 52.98 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

Chestertown Buff paint color
Chestertown Buff (HC-9) by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Chestertown Buff is a beautiful golden neutral color. This paint color is one of 12 Benjamin Moore colors featured in their list of trending paint colors for 2021.

I see this color as the centerpiece of a color palette in a room with the ability to perfectly compliant wood tones, brass or copper, as well as other natural colors.

Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes Chestertown Buff:

An earthy, gently muted maize that works beautifully in both contemporary and classic settings.

Chestertown Buff living room paint
Wall Color: Chestertown Buff by Benjamin Moore (source)

Canyon Dusk by Behr (S210-4)

Canyon Dust – LRV: 37 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

Behr Canyon Dust Paint Color

Canyon Dust (S210-4) was featured in the Behr Color Trends 2021 Palette, and ended up becoming the Behr 2021 color of the year. As the name implies, this color looks like a dusty trail you’d see surrounded by red rock canyons. I love it!

BEHR canyon dust paint color
Paint Color: BEHR Canyon Dust (source)

Behr creatively describes their paint color as follows:

A gentle note of calm and harmonious escapes throughout the interior or exterior of the home.

A sense of belonging that deepens the collective experience, whether exploring the great outdoors or settling into softer moments at home.

An atmosphere of warmth that satisfies the shared human desire to discover solid ground on life’s journey.

Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore (2136-40)

Aegean Teal – LRV: 23.96 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

Aegean teal paint color
Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal (2136-40)

Benjamin Moore is my favorite brand, so naturally I get the overly excited for their paint color awards each year.

Aegean Teal is Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Paint Color Of The Year. If you’re looking for a bold and interesting new paint color, make sure to check out Aegean Teal.

For my personal design style, teal usually isn’t my thing. But I’m kinda loving Aegean Teal – I might have to try it out!

Benjamin Moore has this description for Aegean Teal:

A blend of blue-green and gray, Aegean Teal 2136-40 is an intriguing midtone that creates natural harmony.

nursery painted with Aegean Teal paint
Wall Color: Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore (source)

The Easiest Way To Test Paint Colors

If you haven’t used Samplize, you’re missing out! Samplize makes reusable Peel-And-Stick samples using real paint – seriously, it’s a game changer. I use them myself, and love recommending them!

If you’re interested in learning more, I wrote a full Samplize Review where I share my experience and all the details about using Samplize to help me choose a paint color.

More Paint Color Resources

I love helping people choose paint colors that look great in their homes. Creating a cohesive color palette can be challenging – that’s why I’ve written several articles to help.

White Paint Color Guide | Best White Paint Colors

Gray Paint Colors | The Ultimate Guide

Green Paint Colors | Top Colors Of The Year

How To Choose A Paint Color | Lighting, Undertones, Sheen (and more!)

Best Paint Colors For North Facing Rooms

White Dove Paint Color Review | After Painting My Whole House!

Samplize Review | Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples

Thank you for reading! Please comment below with any questions or let me know if there’s a color you think should have made the list.

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