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2021 Colour Trends: Inspirational, evocative and usable!


Credit: Behr Colour trends 2021 If you were to Google 'colour trends 2021', it seems at first glance every variation of colour will be on-trend this year. After the year that was, the 2021 colour trends have a big focus on invoking calm, harmony, serenity with occasional playfulness. The visual presentation of all the individual colours and combinations feels therapeutic, inspirational and also applicable! These colours aren't limited to home renovations. They can be used in our everyday lives — client presentations, side business branding, fashion, décor, business, design and more. Many companies and brands have jumped on board and there are simply too many to mention. Below are some The Current's top picks from the 2021 colour trends catalogue. Hot tip for anyone looking to do something pretty with these colours: 1 - Download an eyedropper on your desktop 2 - Review mentioned colour articles on your desktop 3 - Choose colours using your desktop eyedropper and take note of the colour code 4- Apply to your document! Rhythm of colour by Sherwin Williams Sherwin Williams, paint and coating manufacturing company, has released four rhythms of colour as part of their trend catalogue. The colour combinations are demonstrated in home settings that invite respite, minimalism, chicness and play.

Credit: Sherwin Williams 2021 Colormix Forecast Seeing the colours being used in a home setting and having them being described for achieving moods in the house should not be underappreciated. While more people than ever have been stuck at home and looking at their interiors, the combinations could be the perfect inspiration for recreating a fresh, new space.


Credit: Sherwin Williams 2021 Colormix Forecast 99 Designs 99 Designs, has put together nine branding examples that quote, "have been picked for humans, not for computers." The nine include:

  • Super saturated juicy colours

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  • Colour palettes focused around the beauty of human skin tones - 2020 was a wake-up call that promoting inclusivity and diversity is a responsibility all of us hold.

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  • Harmonious, analogous palettes

  • Surreal and expressionist colour

  • Monochrome plus one

  • Soothing colours, easy on the eyes

  • Worn and faded looking colours

  • Organically-shaped colour blocking and;

  • The famous Pantone

Pantone Pantone's Ultimate Grey and Illuminating colours raised some eyebrows when announced as part of the brands anticipated Pantone Colour of Year. Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute said, "It's a combination that speaks to the resilience, the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, reimagine and reinvent."

Credit: Pantone Behr - 21 colours to elevate your comfort zone Behr, another paint company, has stuck with simplicity and comfort for their colour choices this year. Working with many earthy colours and emerging greens and blues, they are also displaying colours that fall within the themes of casual, calm and subtle, like other colour examples.

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Zoe Jarousek

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