At the start of a new year our thoughts often turn to redecorating, which is why we love to have a browse of the best paint colours for the year ahead.
Our houses have become more important than ever. They now have to meet the requirements of both home and office(and sometimes classroom too!) They have become a vital sanctuary and their look and feel dictates our wellbeing – so spending some time and money thinking through your interior design choices is a sensible investment!
We often get asked whether redecorating can help sell a property. The answer is totally down to individual circumstances and our sales team can give you bespoke advice. In some cases buyers love to see a blank canvas, in other properties an on-trend colour scheme really help.
For interior inspiration we often look to the ‘colours of the year’ as announced by brands like Dulux and Pantone.
For 2021 Pantone have gone for a combination of bright yellow called ‘Illuminating’, and the classic and more subdued‘Ultimate Grey’. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic,” the combination is said to encapsulate “deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.”
We think these two colours offer a nice balance and could definitely imagine using them in different areas of the home. For example grey kitchen units are still very on-trend and would look great contrasted with a bright yellow feature wall or recess.
The Dulux colour of 2021 is Brave Ground and, surprisingly for such a muted colour, we love it! It has a calming warmth, and is the perfect backdrop for showing off houseplants and all the lovely natural materials – like wood and rattan – we’re filling our homes with right now.
Brave New Ground is subtle enough to use as a neutral colour throughout the home (to which you could add featured walls in anything from pinks and reds to dark greens and blues). It also looks good with other muted colours for a sophisticated, natural scheme.
The whole spectrum of natural greens look set to remain popular throughout 2021. For kitchens and bathrooms especially, a verdant palette of various shades of green will put you firmly on-trend in the year ahead.
Like greens, calming blues will continue to dominate in 2021, with most of us opting for soothing natural colours.“Bringing the elements of the natural world into our interiors encourages personal growth as well as evoking a feeling of calm,” says Farrow & Ball Colour Curator Joa Studholme.
We think blue is a great colour for a home office for just this reason. It will inspire you to work hard but also get out in nature as much as possible!
The great thing about classic blue shades is that they look great in both traditional and contemporary homes. Like greens, blue hues are great for showing off houseplants and Scandi-inspired wooden furniture and accessories.
Finally, for those cosy rooms in your home you retreat to at the end of the day, why not embrace earthy reds and browns? Warm and soothing, these colours are perfect for rooms with wood burners and fires, and any corners of your home intended for quiet moments.
So, whether you’re redecorating with an eye to making a splash on the housing market, or creating a cosy cocoon for time at home, we hope we’ve given you some fresh ideas with this look at the best paint colours of 2021.
Now that you’ve redecorated, it’s time to give those beautiful rooms the art they deserve! Check out our guide to Cornish artwork to adorn your pretty new walls…