These Are the Hottest Color Trends For 2021, According to Designers

published Dec 19, 2020
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Move over, Pantone: 1stDibs, an online design marketplace, just released the hottest interior designer-approved color trends for 2021. After a year of upheaval, it’s safe to say we’re all collectively looking for more calm and comfort in the next year—a sentiment that extends beyond our mental wellbeing and into our physical spaces. Designers have thus declared jewel and warm earth tones to be the hottest color trends of 2021, indicating a preference for cozier hues.

More specifically, emerald green and cobalt blue will be popular jewel tones in 2021, according to the professional interior designers that 1stDibs spoke to. Burnt orange, mustard yellow, and white are the warm earth tones that round up the top five trends, revealing a shift to embrace the comforting hues of the great outdoors. “The use of color in design is often a sign of the times as much as of the inhabitants,” designer Gil Melott said.

“What I find telling is how as people have spent more time indoors, the desire to embrace the outdoors by using more grounded colors to evoke a sense of calm and comfort is just that—comforting,” Melott continued. “There seems to be a subtle shift toward the humbler earth tones. We believe richer hues will redefine how the whole home feels—comforting, safe, and inviting.”

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Along with jewel and warm earth tone colors, the designers also determined that 1970s aesthetics and nature-inspired patterns will be big design trends in 2021. Like with fashion, home design trends are often cyclical and reference past eras. Designers expect the 1970s—an era of bright colors and earth tones—to make a major comeback next year. “From the fashion to the earthy color palettes to the sense of freedom and individuality, I have always found inspiration in this bohemian decade,” designer Angie Hranowsky said. “Whether it’s modern furniture or traditional details like floral and fringe, we can see these now through a more modern lens.”

As for nature-inspired patterns, designers predict that florals and plants will continue to reign supreme. “We inherently have a connection to outdoor spaces and often find inspiration in nature.” designer Laura Hodges said. “We’re finding ways to bring that natural beauty indoors with botanical wallpapers and hand-painted nature-inspired murals, as well as potted plants, trees, and vertical gardens.” Tell us: Which 2021 design trend will you be incorporating next year?