Even when you don’t notice them, colors shape our perceptions, support visual coolness or warmth, darkness or brightness, contrast or similarity. It is a visual language that permeates our homes and our lives.
Industry experts predict that this year, color will be used to reconnect to home and hearth, reigniting passions for nature and the continuous desire for more peace and serenity in our lives.
There’s good news for color enthusiasts: forest greens, ocean-inspired blues, and earth tones are expected to be among the top colors this year, with bright and cheery hues sprinkled in.
Quick Tips on Choosing Colors
It is easy to get carried away when you find colors you love. The best way to choose your colors is to create a careful balance. The 60:30:10 ratio is generally used to balance dominant, secondary, and accent colors. (Although your accent colors take up only 10% of a color scheme, you can have more than one accent color.)
Here’s a look at the latest color trends and how to combine them.
Add Vibrant Color
Expect a resurgence of rich, saturated color, from jewel tones like sapphire and ruby red to earthy hues such as saffron yellow and cypress green. These lavish colors are stunning when mixed with muted colors to create an energizing yet cozy space for conversations over cocktails. Muted grey walls, a red leather sofa, and a poppy blue upholstered ottoman combine for a stunning look.
Bring in Jewel Tones
This year will be about refreshing and invigorating color that satisfies the craving for feel-good happiness. This builds upon the trend for color that has been growing over the past few years.
These colors really shine against a neutral background. Beige or taupe paint on the walls and deep purple upholstered side chairs create a visually stimulating space.
Sunny Days Ahead
Yellow has been gaining traction as we all look for feel-good colors to brighten our spaces. It’s been said that if you paint the walls yellow, you’ll always be happy in that space. This color works in offices, kitchens, and outdoors.
Soft yellows can be used as a neutral or as an accent to gentle blues. Ochre and mustard pair well with earthy tones. Muted yellow walls contrast with rich pastel blues and greens to complete colorful rooms without overwhelming the space with color.
Brighter neutrals and clear colors are emerging in a big way. They make the perfect backdrop for happy yet calming blues and pinks and let wall art really stand out. Neutral gray walls allow beautiful cerulean and navy blue upholstered furniture to take the spotlight. Fluffy pillows in pinks and grays make a calming, soothing space to relax in.
Warm, rich colors that convey a sense of comfort and coziness will take off this year.
We all crave spaces where we feel safe and protected, and these colors do just that. Moss green, deep blues, and rich chocolate brown soothe the soul and bring us back to nature. Nature-inspired colors can liven up rooms and create warm, welcoming spaces.
These color trends can work for any room, and make it easy to update your space after being stuck at home day-in and day-out. What color trends are you planning to follow this year?