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Interior experts reveal the top paint trends for 2021


These are the colours to stock up on (Picture: Dulux/Metro.co.uk)

This year, lots of people have been using the extra time they’ve been spending at home to tackle some interior projects.

Whether it’s decluttering, renovating or simply giving the house a fresh lick of paint, many have got stuck into all sorts of home improvement tasks.

And now, with new lockdowns back in place, it looks like we might be spending a whole lot more time indoors this winter. So, if you’re planning on redecorating but are lacking in inspiration, we’ve asked experts what the top paint trends for 2021 will be. 

In 2020, we’ve seen various deep blues creep in and replace popular grey shades. Back in June, Farrow & Ball revealed that Hague Blue was its most popular colour, similarly Dulux announced the soothing Chinese Porcelain was its ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2020.

But what shades and colours do we expect to be popular in 2021? Here’s a glimpse of what’s predicted to be popular…

Calming and warming neutrals

Country Grey by La Di Da (Photo: La Di Da)

Interior designer Steph Briggs tells Metro.co.uk: ‘After the momentous turmoil of 2020, we are all looking for a little comfort and security. This progressive shift to serene styling and the desire to create quiet and thoughtful spaces has been a regular theme amongst my clients.

‘Colour always plays a vital part in creating ambience and mood in a room or home and I predict that we will see a lot more soothing colours enveloping our homes in 2021.’

So, it seems warm neutrals could become a more popular choice due to their calming qualities – something we all could do with right now.

She adds: ‘Calming, nesting neutrals such as La Di Da’s Annie Sloan Country Grey and French Linen are easy on the eye, warm and cosy. These pair perfectly with a whole spectrum of colours.’

Earthy tones

Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, adds that in 2021 more people will be turning away from the greys which have dominated interior colour palettes over the past few years.

She says: ‘Colder grey and greige paint tones will give way to warmer, earthier neutrals into 2021 as we look to create environments that feel grounding, welcoming and enveloping. 

‘Dulux’s recently announced 2021 Colour of the Year, Brave Ground, ties in perfectly with this trend. In the world of interiors, this muted hue can be beautifully offset with statement furniture and accents in richer tones, from bold magenta and russet, to look-at-me ochre and plum.

‘You can also pair earth tones with other muted picks for an understated look that’s easy on the eye.’ 

Brave Ground is the Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 (Picture: Dulux)

Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux, explains that Brave Ground was chosen because it’s the ‘Mother Earth’ of colours and is versatile, supportive, warm, elegant and familiar.

She says: ‘It’s a colour that we instantly recognise and feel safe with plus it works beautifully with everything we already have. In times of uncertainty we return to things we can rely on and right now it’s solid ground beneath our feet from which we can jump off confidently to make brave decisions about the course of our future.’

The soft warm clay tone works well on its own in places where you want to relax like bedrooms and living rooms, but also is great teamed with brighter pieces of furniture – so it’s incredibly versatile.

Vibrant pinks

Nadia McCowan Hill predicts that vibrant, eye-catching pinks will become increasingly popular, replacing more muted shades which have gone previously.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The dusky pink paint tones that were so popular over the last two years are giving way to more playful and vibrant variants, as interior lovers seek to bring a little joy to their spaces after a year fraught with challenges. Bubblegum Pink is bringing the rosiests of glows to the homes of the style savvy.’ 

While some people might recoil in horror at such a bold colour choice for their home, Nadia says it’s important to start small.

She adds: ‘If you’re nervous to go all-out with this bright colour, try it in a smaller space like your downstairs loo for the perfect daily pick-me-up.’

Muted greens and olives

This year – perhaps because we’ve been kept inside for a lot of it – we’ve seen people appreciate the natural world a lot more. As a result, green shades are soaring in popularity.

Nadia adds: ‘As we look to reconnect with nature, gorgeous green paint tones are springing up and the most versatile of these leafy hues is undoubtedly olive green.

‘Both relaxing and serene, olive acts as the perfect backdrop in living rooms and bedrooms alike. For a sophisticated setting, pair this grown-up green with bleached wood furniture and relaxed rattan, then layer in lots of textures and textiles.’

Lewis Janes, senior decorative manager at Wickes, adds that people are turning to more bolder colour choices, rather than just neutrals and pastels.

He says: ‘We’re seeing a natural progression from pastel colours towards bolder and deeper colours within that palette. Greens, such as Wickes’ Olive Green (no. 830) are a harmonious colour which drive an emotional response, conveying thoughts of outdoors, earth and even fertility.’

Charcoal and black

Lewis Janes adds: ‘Greys have been slowly growing in popularity over the last couple of years and we often find at Wickes that a shade of grey is the first or second choice amongst our customers. However, we’ve noticed this trend further developing, with the growth of darker greys and even blacks. Charcoal and blacks are now some of the top colours within outdoor paints and we’re also seeing this development for interiors.’

Those who aren’t jumping for joy at the idea of painting an entire room black can opt for feature walls, or smaller areas to start with.

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