“2020 has been a challenging year full of uncertainty, and as a global community, we are seeking calm, comfort and healing,” said Puji Sherer, director of Color Marketing for Miller Paint. “As a result, we are seeing two color trend stories emerge: one of hope and one of connection.”
Miller Paint predicts people will seek uplifting hues, like cool blues that feel expansive and hopeful. Blue is inherently a trustworthy color, but there will be a value shift from heavy and dark blues to lighter and happier tones. Miller Paint’s forecast for 2021 includes Simple Serenity 0614 and Chicago Skyline 0631, both softer blues with undertones of periwinkle that feel upbeat and clear, like blue skies on the horizon. These colors will reflect well on cabinetry, kitchen islands, or a powder room.
Miller Paint also believes people will gravitate toward warmer hues that feel close-in and reassuring. Earthy hues are resonating as individuals look for grounding and stability in their lives.
Miller Paint’s forecast for 2021 includes Peace of Mind 1004 and Kingdom’s Keys 0160, both terracotta hues that promote unity and gathering when used in interiors, such as kitchens and dining rooms, and suggest a connection to the natural world when used outdoors.
Supporting hues of stark whites and ubiquitous greys will give way to warmer whites like Fresh Linen 0180 and Nilla Vanilla 0003, as touches of umber undertones are showing up in whites for walls, ceiling, and trim.
Complex colors are also gaining ground as accents on cabinetry, textiles, and artwork. Colors that ride the line between multiple hues, like yellow-green Fire Dance 0799 and green-black Deep Space 0487, add an unexpected interest to exteriors and interiors, including on a bookshelf or accent wall.
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