The spectrum of 21 shades, grouped into six distinct color stories, were all inspired by "elevated comfort," something we could all use more of right now.

By Sarah Schreiber
August 24, 2020
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It's safe to say that 2020 has redefined what it truly means to be at home: More than ever before, our homes are our sanctuaries and respites from the unpredictability outside. This is exactly what Behr Paint hoped to capture when culling their 2021 Color Trends Palette, a series of 21 hues—stretched across six distinct color stories—that speak to a myriad of design styles. "The relationship we have with our homes has significantly shifted because of the pandemic and we believe paint color has never played a more important role to set a certain mood, generate positive feelings, or provide a sense of comfort," Erika Woelfel, the vice president of color at Behr, tells MarthaStewart.com.

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The overarching color scheme was culled with you—the project-driven homeowner—in mind, which is why all of its hues feel familiar. "We recognized the need to create an accessible palette for DIYers as they work on projects to enhance the level of well-being in their homes," adds Woelfel. "Right now, our homes are our offices, schools, and so much more, so we wanted to offer a palette that will inspire adaptable and comfortable spaces for any use and style."

You'll quickly notice that Behr's color team decided against designating specific paints, officially, to each category, which Woelfel notes was an intentional choice. "To promote versatility and creativity, colors aren't officially assigned to themes," she explains. "We want to encourage DIYers to mix and match colors as they find inspiration in their own projects at home that reflects their personal style."

behr paint 2021 color trends palette
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As for the six color stories that make up the full palette? Though they are comprised of drastically different colorways, all of their names inspire feelings of zen. Consider Casual Comfort, for example, a range of light and cozy neutrals that offer an updated take on the casual farmhouse look. "Casual Comfort is probably the most accessible theme in the palette because it consists of warm-toned, neutral hues like Almond Wisp PPU5-12 and Sierra N240-4," says Woelfel. "Neutrals can work in just about any home and typically pair well with existing furniture, art, and textiles while also lending nicely to include an accent wall of any color."

Maximalists, ironically, will gravitate towards Quiet Haven, which is "excellent for those looking to play with dramatic hues like Royal Orchard (PPU11-01), an olive-inspired green, or Broadway (PPU18-20), a solidified green-toned gray," she continues. As for Optimistic View? "This one captures a Mediterranean or '70s glam vibe," says Woeflel. "Meanwhile, Subtle Focus consists of pastels that are great for art deco and Calm Zone's blues and greens are ideal for curating calm, restorative spaces."

The entire Behr 2021 Color Trends palette is available exclusively at The Home Depot stores nationwide. To learn more about the palette, visit Behr.com/2021Trend.

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