Each October, as if to coincide with Mother Nature’s burst of fall colors, major paint companies announce their Colors of The Year. Often accompanied by a palette of harmonizing hues, these are the colors that will influence décor and home fashion for homeowners, interior designers, and professional painting contractors like Catchlight for the next 12 months.
Benjamin Moore has unveiled a smoky greenish teal as its 2021 Color of the Year. The company’s website says of Aegean Teal 2136-40, “Take a moment to reflect and reset. Intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021, Aegean Teal creates a natural harmony.” In a year marked by so much uncertainty, words like “reset,” “balance,” and “soothing” couldn’t be more welcome. The 2021 palette is rounded out by a range of colors; neutrals like Gray Cashmere and Foggy Morning and richer hues like Amazon Soil and Silhouette.
Carefully curated from more than 3,500 colors, Benjamin Moore’s choice is an attempt to capture the current mood while at the same time, inspire something timeless. Some years, their prediction is spot on; other years have missed the mark. Last year’s Color of the Year was First Light, a rosy pink tone (the company’s first pink choice), meant to evoke a feeling of hope and optimism for the coming decade. 2019 brought us the sophisticated gray of Metropolitan; 2018 the brilliant reds of Caliente.
As they do each year, Farrow & Ball has also released an array of colors they expect to be trending in the next 12 months. According to their Color Curator Joa Studholme, this year’s colors “reflect our recent collective journey – towards more time spent indoors, emphasis on the sanctuary, and the need for rooms that enhance our wellbeing.” Included is a combination of rich red jewel tones like Deep Reddish Brown and Tanner’s Brown; clean and classic blues like Ultra Marine Blue and the “inkier” Stiffkey Blue; deep gray greens like Theron and Green Smoke; and soothing earth tones like the relaxed, neutral Jitney.
At Catchlight, we can imagine many of these luxurious colors painted on kitchen cabinets, adding welcome depth to an entire room or as accent colors to highlight a single wall or woodwork. As winter approaches, with more than just cold weather keeping us close to home base, it’s the right time to rethink how your rooms function and how they make you feel upon entering. What moods do they invoke? Do you want to draw the walls in close to warm you or add a feeling of light and sky? This year’s trending colors come in waves of rich and varied shades; you can set sail on the Aegean Sea of choices.
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