2021 Colors of the Year

2021 Colors of the Year Pattern Inspiration

2021 feels to be a call for Earth tones. From the warmth of Illuminating, to the watery feeling of Aegean Teal to the grounding comfort of Urbane Bronze, color brands across the globe are pulling us back to our roots and comforting us in color. Below, we’re sharing some of our favorite Color of the Year announcements for 2021 and Scott Group Studio patterns in colorways to satiate the trends.


Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore selected a soft, soothing blue-green for its 2021 color of the year. Aegean Teal 2136-40 marries the tranquil nature of blue with green’s association with wellness, while a gray undertone keeps the color modern. Hannah Yeo, color marketing and development manager at Benjamin Moore, calls it “an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to take a moment to reflect and reset.”

Benjamin Moore selected 10 other colors for the 2021 color trends palette. Find the rest of the collection on their website.


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Sherwin Williams

Sherwin-Williams selected a rich, bold neutral as its 2021 color of the year. Inspired by nature, Urbane Bronze SW 7048 is a warm, grounding shade of gray-brown intended to reflect our current need for serenity and stability. ″The home is now the ultimate retreat from the world, and color is an easy and effective way to create a personal haven,″ said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, in a press release. ″Urbane Bronze encourages you to create a sanctuary space for mindful reflection and renewal.”


Illuminating & Ultimate Gray



Pantone chose two contrasting shades as its top picks for 2021. Ultimate Gray, a practical and dependable neutral, and a sunny yellow called Illuminating combine to reflect a sense of resilience and optimism as we close out a difficult year.

“The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press release. “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.”

Satin Paprika


For the brand’s 2021 color of the year, Rust-Oleum named an earthy, spicy hue titled Satin Paprika. The warm and earthy red color accompanies nine other trending shades the brand has selected for its Color Watch 2021. Grace Khoury, brand manager at Rust-Oleum, said in a statement. “We’re living in uncertain times and we all need a little peace. These collections are designed to evoke a sense of settled contentment.”