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2021 Color Trends: Soothing Hues Take Center Stage


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The 2021 color trends follow a tradition of annual color predictions announced by paint companies, design websites, and fashion magazines every year. And after all the turbulence of 2020, we’re looking forward to a fresh start building a calmer, more soothing environment in the new year.

Typically, these colors are meant to represent something significant going on in the world. And since each company sees the world differently, each one determines a specific color, shape or palette that sets the stage for home and interior design. In 2021, they all set out to elevate your comfort zone with blue hues, perfect for the Santa Barbara lifestyle.

Why is color so important in a home?

Color is such an emotional element, especially when it comes to your home. It plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. When used in the right ways, color can even save on energy consumption.

The number one reason homeowners look for a new paint color on their walls and elsewhere is to change the mood or feeling of a space. Whether you want to make a space feel more energetic, more relaxing or more open, color has the power to make that transformation happen.

READ: Is it Time for a New Front Door Color?

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Experts Choose Their 2021 Color Trends

Here is a list of what the major color trendsetters say to look out for in the coming year:

Spring/Summer 2021 colors from Pantone reflects our current need to immerse ourselves in a world that reflects hope and optimism. Combining a spirit of lightheartedness with functionality and flexibility, the Pantone Color Experts selected a range of floral hues reflective of gardens in springtime. These hues should awaken our spirit while emphasizing our desire for the pleasure and enjoyment color can bring to our lives.

There are several colors they suggest Santa Barbara homeowners select from including my favorite, Beach Glass, a watery aqua tumbled smooth by the waves and currents. Paint your home walls, choose curtains or bedding and, of course, paint furniture, or any decorative element that you want to buy or give a new look to your home in the coming year. The ultimate color forecaster also predicts cheerier days ahead. That means colors like warm marigold, serene cerulean blue, and an optimistic yellow will all be in vogue in the coming year.

Two arms with paint rolls painting a white wall sky blue for the Color Tends of 2021
This year, the designers at Glidden selected four color choices. The first of these trending paint colors is Onyx, a classic, deep, rich black that works equally well as the main color or as an accent. Or perhaps you’d like to liven up your breakfast nook with an accent of Wayward Wine, a brilliant yellow hue. Cinnamon Brandy is a softer coral that makes any family room look elegant against dark leather furniture and off-white trim. Coordinate with dark leather furniture and off-white trim. Then there is Babbling Brook, a light greyed teal paint color that will brighten any kitchen, especially when coordinated with lighter cabinets and darker countertops for contrast.

Instead of announcing a single shade for its color of the year, Valspar named 12 cozy muted colors as its top 2021 color trends. Ranging in tone from misty blue to warm apricot, the hues were chosen for their ability to calm and encourage mindfulness. As more stress and time at home in 2020 coincided with a surge in DIY projects and an increased interest in meditation, this year’s selection aims to ″turn home improvement into self-improvement.”

Santa Barbara homeowners are encouraged to take a moment to reflect and rest with the color of the year from Benjamin Moore. Aegean Teal, along with 11 other hues, will make you want to settle in. Think luscious linen sheets and perfectly ripened fruits. The palette collection radiates warmth and well-being. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home.

England-based paint company Farrow & Ball selected several rejuvenating shades for its 2021 color trends. Featuring earthy neutrals, like Cord and rich natural colors like Yeabridge Green. The 2021 collection was chosen to convey a sense of ease and familiarity, while reflecting a broader trend toward warmer, organic colors and away from cool grays.

The design experts at HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams are encouraging Santa Barbara homeowners to break free from expectations in the coming year and immerse themselves into the colors and experiences that feed the soul. Spending more time at home means our personal spaces are more of a reflection of our authentic selves. The company’s collection of beautiful hues features Passionate, a bold red that’s steeped in history, merging modern design with traditional charm.

Sherwin-Williams selected a rich, bold neutral as its 2021 color of the year. Inspired by nature, Urbane Bronze is a warm, grounding shade of gray-brown intended to reflect our current need for serenity and stability. The company’s experts believe that now more than ever it’s important to create the ultimate sanctuary for your entire family through color.

The paint color trends for 2021 selected by PPG color and design experts reflect on wellbeing, sustainability, and human connection. Their choice of several natural and serene hues can transcend our limitations while aiming for a more balanced world by connecting with our fellow humans with compassion and kindness. This palette is also easy to use and flexible; like Transcend, a mid-tone oatmeal-colored hue that draws on earthy influences and nostalgia.

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Color Can Make a Big Difference When it Comes Time to Sell

In case you didn’t know, when it comes time to sell your home, the right paint color can make a big difference in your final sale price. Studies show that a $50 can of blue paint can result in a huge return on investment for homeowners, no matter what the color of the year is.

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“Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos,” said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell. “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets: a growing trend in both rooms.”

• Pantone’s Beach Glass: perfect for bathrooms
It’s a fact. Homes with kitchens, dining rooms and/or bathrooms painted blue have sold for an average of $5,400 more than those painted in other colors. That’s the highest sales premium of all colors analyzed.

• Go neutral in your kitchen and dining room
Neutral colors like PPG’s Transcend give any kitchen and dining room a clean backdrop, allowing Santa Barbara homeowners to let loose by using accenting vivid colors and patterns to transform the space. Neutral paint colors aren’t only a thing you should consider for your walls, in fact cabinets in a variety of neutral tones is one of my favorite trends and the perfect way to really personalize any kitchen.

READ: What Is The Best Color for Sleep?

• Blue bedrooms
Homes with blue bedrooms sold for $1,856 more on average. There are so many shades to choose from, but a good choice for 2021 is Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal. Not only will it look good and help with the sale, blue is associated with feelings of calm which, when picked up by your ganglion cells and relayed to your brain, helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate, all of which help you receive a solid night’s sleep.

• Neutral exterior colors
When it comes to a home’s exterior, neutral tones, such Farrow & Ball’s earthy neutrals and rich naturals sold for $3,496 more than comparable homes painted in a different color. On top of that, homes with front doors painted in Passionate from HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams can help sell your home for an extra $1,514. This saturated red can actually get buyers in the mood to buy. Think about it. There’s a reason why red is the most common color used for a website’s buy button. effective for impulse purchases, so it’s a common buy button choice on ecommerce websites. Plus, a red door is very feng shui.

• Paint your living room in rich, bold neutrals
Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze is an excellent choice for any living room or great room. When done right, neutral living rooms can help a home sell for $1,809 more on average.

READ: Timeless Interior Design Trends

• A splash of Glidden’s Color of the Year Collection
Any room can benefit from an accent wall. It can establish a focal point in your space, so the wall you choose is important. If you have a fireplace, built-in bookshelves, or some other feature you want to spotlight, use the accent wall to draw eyes, and those of potential buyers straight to it.

When it comes to the 2021 color trends, any of the colors listed above are a perfect choice for your home’s interior or exterior design. And if you’re considering listing your home, keep in mind one of the most important steps is to freshen your property for a sale. If that’s you, please contact me. As a leading Montecito Realtor and resident for many years, I have valuable insight into the current local real estate market. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a new home, chances are you’ll want to consider having that one painted as well. 

In fact, I might have the home of your dreams in my portfolio of current listings. Just give me a call at (805) 886-9378 or email me at 



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