After a year of radical change, trend-setters expect our evolving aesthetic tastes to evolve – including our interior colour preferences.
So, what’s on the colour agenda for 2021? Brace yourselves, we’re in for a fun and funky time.
Non-stop colour: white is over
One thing is for sure: people are moving away from white.
Colour is back, baby! Picture: Taubmans
“I think we’re really seeing a move towards colour, rather than shades of grey, white or beige,” Taubmans colour expert Rachel Lacy shares.
“Trends travel in decades. We’ve had whites, greys and beiges for 10 years. Now, we’ll have colours.
“I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of colours that reflect hope and optimism, emphasising our desire for pleasure and enjoyment.”
If you follow international design company Pantone’s colour announcements, you will have noticed that yellow was one of their picks for 2021.
Rachel agrees, having spent time at many international colour symposiums where shades of yellow appear to be a common theme.
Warm tones, especially yellow, are set to be popular this year. Picture: Pexels
“There are a lot of really warm yellows and also a lot of pink – not millennial pink – but more of a 1980s shade,” Rachel notes.
Current colour trends are leaning towards warmth, brightness and joy as opposed to a more dramatic, dark and moody use of colour of recent years.
Patterns and shapes
Shapes, patterns and designs are going to be much more common on our walls at home, whether that’s in the form of a professionally designed mural, some funky wallpaper or quaint decals.
Take what you love about Instagram feature walls and pop them in your own home. Picture: Pexels
“Moving forward we’re seeing more pastel hues that are a little less intimidating for people to use [on their walls] and we’re also seeing them used in much more joyful ways,” Rachel begins.
“We’re not going to be attached to this idea that we had to paint not only a whole wall but a whole room [one colour]. Now you’ll see rooms painted in a multitude of colours and patterns.”
Geometric shapes are one DIY-way into the trend or, you may even see more people painting one wall in half-and-half colour.
Personal taste is king
One message coming through with the explosion of colour is that these choices are deeply personal and should celebrate our individuality.
The biggest 2021 trend influencer: you! Picture: Pexels
“I don’t believe paint companies should be dictatorial,” Rachel says.
“Colour is a subjective experience, like love or pain. The colours that appeal to you belong to you and they often have a story associated with them.”
In 2021 and beyond, life — and paint — is about being bold and daring. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
“If it’s a terrible mistake, unlike a lot of things in life, you can just paint over it,” Rachel says.