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Colors of the 2021

2021’S Colors Of The Year

A new year and the beginning of a new decade is what we all need. This year has taught us many things and one, in particular, being our need to find balance in our lives and the importance of home.  Our homes are our personal sanctuary, and when your home is the place to be, it nurtures your soul and supports your goals. Color has a HUGE impact on how a room feels and directly affects the moods of those who live there. 

The new year is the perfect time to take a step back and reassess what is most important to us and where our priorities will lie in the coming months. We are kicking 2021 off with a bang and have decided to change things up a bit from the typical color of the year story. We are sharing a little about the colors selected to set the tone for 2021 by a few different sources. Later, we will reveal our favorite selection with you and how to incorporate our favorite color selection into your interiors.

Colors of the 2021


Pantone really started the whole color of the year “thing” and has been publishing their annual forecast for many years. Difficult times call for complex measures, which is why Pantone not only selected one but two colors for the year 2021. 

Pantone's 2021 Colors

Illuminating is a bright, cheery yellow shade and is associated with optimism, vivacity, and joy. This vivid hue sprinkled throughout your home can help lift your mood, especially in these unprecedented times.

Bringing light to your life is a therapeutic consideration the color authority recognizes and supports their reasoning behind this vibrant yellow. Pantone makes their careful selections to spark conversation and encourage the will to reinvent ourselves and our surroundings into cheerful havens where happiness and warmth can be seen and felt throughout a space.

Ultimate gray marks the first achromatic shade and marks only the second time two colors have been selected. That’s right, folks, Pantone has broken the rules only one other time before. In retrospect, it makes sense, considering the manner and time we have found ourselves in. The thought behind ultimate gray is to encourage a sense of composure, steadiness, and resilience. Ultimate gray is considered a moody tone, which gives it a heavier presence and stability to anchor those pops of illuminating yellow.


Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal

Our favorite color choice for 2021 comes from Benjamin Moore, Aegean Teal. The use of Aegean Teal is a response to our search for peace and tranquility as we move toward the next decade. The stillness, in its sunbaked hue, fills us with the feeling of order and stability. Aegean Teal is warm and viewed as an elegant addition to any design color scheme.


This is a color we have embraced in the Caribbean for years. It reflects the color of the sea and brings back memories of relaxing at the beach. Aegean Teal is welcoming as an accent color and refreshing in lighter tones for whole rooms. 

2021 Ben Moore Color of the Year Wallpapers


Sherwin William's Color Selection for 2021

Are your four walls starting to blend after seeing them every day this year? If you are looking to renew your interiors in 2021, consider tapping into a color that will bring you and your family a renewed and inspired energy. This hue is grounded in calm and rooted in biophilic design. Urbane Bronze is Sherwin William’s color selection for 2021. The idea that nature is never far away from our tech-heavy world and that your down to earth sanctuary can be a place of relaxation and serenity. Urbane Bronze can bring a warm and comforting aura to a space. Its natural organic appeal makes it effortless to live in. The use of this color can help accentuate design elements within your interiors while providing a tranquil and reflective zone to live and be.


Glidden's Color Selection for 2021

2020 has brought firsts for many, and Glidden is no exception. Their color selection for 2021 marks the first-ever accent color chosen to represent the upcoming year. Aqua Fiesta is Glidden’s color choice and is a response to a year of feeling uncertain and anxious. Aqua Fiesta celebrates the positive and fresh things in life that make our homes sing. Have the confidence to break the norm and accentuate parts of your home that offer a welcoming surprise to you and everyone who witnesses this vibrant glow. 


As we journey into the New Year, we will see interior color palettes moving toward these color hues and incorporate palettes that embrace them. Inviting these new colors into our homes will help us keep that balance in our lives, to lift us up, and keep us on a steady course.

In our work in the Caribbean, we’ll be using these colors in creative ways. Aegean teal and aqua fiesta are colors we find easy to love as they reflect the beautiful waters around us. Our clients regularly request teal shades in all forms! Grey has been a sturdy, go-to neutral for the past few years. I confess I prefer it in a lighter shade. A grey-tone like a weathered pier is usually my go-to version of the shade.

Urbane bronze is an excellent substitute for black. Although black is a staple accent worldwide, I’ve felt that I prefer something a little softer under the Caribbean sun. Something that’s a little less definite, and color that can still have attitude! I love being encouraged to use more yellow in the coming year, and Illuminating is a fantastic shade of yellow. It can be seen in beach umbrellas, tropical flowers, and all things sunny. Brighter and lighter things are definitely a vibe we can lean into! I’ve put together a little mood board to inspire new projects in the new year below.

Color of the Year Mood Board

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If you are looking for creative ways to add these colors into your home, below are some of our favorite products.  We love to introduce great color through accessories and rugs. It’s an easy way to try out a color without a massive DIY project!

Are you looking for ways to refresh your space for the new year? Are you not sure how to apply these colors to your interiors? Look no further, my friends. Lagnappe Custom Interiors offers expert interior design services. Connect with us today! We would love to chat with you about your next home project.

Happy New Year, and let’s make 2021 the best year yet!


Leave a comment

  1. Hi Tiffany ~ I love this post and especially loved your mood board showing how these colors relate to your life there in the Caribbean.

    I wish you a great year ahead -full of sunshine, color and happiness in your beautiful Caribbean home.

  2. A really great round up of the colors of the year. I’m with you, Aegean Teal happens to be my favorite.

  3. Nice round up of products to go with some of the 2021 colors of the year. I had not thought of Aegean Teal as a good Caribbean color but it really is! It is my favorite for 2021.

  4. Nice round up! Aegean Teal is my favorite of the lot, I love the mood board and product selections you have put together featuring these colors!

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