Valspar® Announces 2021 Colors of the Year Inspired by Mindfulness and Wellbeing
When forecasting the 2021 Colors of the Year, the color experts at
"Our homes have become offices, entertainment centers and classrooms – which means the colors, sights and sounds in our rooms have an even bigger impact on our daily lives" said
Each of our 12 trending hues cultivates a sense of calm and comfort that creates the ideal backdrop for mindfulness practices. In early 2020, web searches for meditation saw significant lift as a response to stress and uncertainty related to the pandemic. Also, web searches directly correlated with home improvement have increased over 25% compared to the same time last year. (Google Trends) With do-it-yourselfers in many areas of
The 2021 Colors of the Year
All 12 colors are available at Lowe's and independent retailers nationwide. Please note, color names and shades vary slightly at each retailer. See below for the full list of colors and how they breathe life into spaces.
Blissful Blue – Naturally Timeless, Organic Haze. This muted indigo taps into the organic tones of a morning mist.
Design tip: Soft, grayish blues can act as neutrals, making them easy colors to design around
- Lowe's: 4005-3C Blissful Blue
- Independent retailers: V111-4 Norwegian Night
Soft Candlelight – Optimistically Warm, Inviting Radiance. This mature yellow lights up a space with a golden glow.
Design tip: Yellow hues feel cheerful and help elevate your mood.
- Lowe's: 3005-6C Soft Candlelight
- Independent retailers: V050-1 Morning Blossom
Granite Dust – Organically Urban, Cool Comfort. Inspired by the protective qualities of natural stone, Granite Dust allows you to create your own personal haven.
Design tip: This versatility of the shade allows it to read warm or cool, providing flexibility to adapt to your décor.
- Lowe's: 5006-1C Granite Dust
- Independent retailers: V142-3
Cherry Taupe – Earthy Pigment, Natural Warmth. Cherry Taupe is a botanical neutral that adds rich sophisticated softness.
Design tip: Gold accents elevate organic, earthy colors.
- Lowe's: 1005-10A Cherry Taupe
- Independent retailers: V081-4 Burnished Apricot
Arizona Dust – Naturally Bold, Easy Energy. This Modern apricot shade with a bold twist evokes our desire to embrace vibrant tones from nature.
Design tip: Consider this playful hue in a satin sheen for added moisture resistance in spaces like bathrooms and mudrooms
- Lowe's: 2003-8A Arizona Dust
- Independent retailers: V045-3 Peach Squared
Garden Flower– Clean Growth, Fresh Florals. Modernly classic like the beauty of white roses, this natural tint is soft and simple setting our mind at ease.
Design tip: Black and white decor compliments colorful walls.
- Lowe's: 5004-3B
- Independent retailers: V097-2 Succulent
Academy Gray – Contemplative Depth,
Moody Comfort. A deep blueish gray that promotes the importance of time spent at leisure, allowing us to unwind and relax.
Design tip: Wainscoting lends architectural charm to spaces with luxurious color.
- Lowe's: 5001-2A Academy Gray
- Independent retailers: V138-5 Flannel Gray
Unforgettable – Luxurious Relaxation, Soft Ease. A shade with no time restraint, this white has warmth to soften rooms and lend an elevated sophistication.
Design tip: Medium-toned wood accents, paired with soft cream walls, create a down-to-earth space.
- Lowe's: 7003-2 Unforgettable
- Independent retailers: V094-1 Quill
Gallery Gray – Soft Confidence, Approachable Elegance. Embodying minimalism, this fresh shade of warm grey inspires a feeling that is modern and natural.
Design tip: Bold architectural features take center stage against gentle gray walls.
- Lowe's: 2006-10B Gallery Gray
- Independent retailers: V133-4
Dusty Lavender– Shadowy Pastel, Balanced Vibrancy. Natural dyes are introducing new pastels into the home. Dusty Lavendercreates a soft but unexpectedly dynamic feel that is warm and inviting.
Design tip: Carry color onto ceilings to give small rooms a larger appearance.
- Lowe's: 1002-7C
- Independent retailers: V078-4 Violet Dusk
Maple Leaf – A warm camel shade that has an authentic quality, embracing our appreciation for a handmade craft.
Design tip: Living plants add freshness and vitality to neutral spaces.
- Lowe's: 2008-8B Maple Leaf
- Independent retailers: V089-2 Spiced Latte
Lucy Blue– Effortlessly Optimistic, Joyful Energy. Familiar and calming, like the waves of the ocean. We look to blue to bring a playful happiness into the home.
Design tip: Neutral furnishings add sophistication to vibrant spaces.
- Lowe's: 5001-5C
- Independent retailers:
V103-4 Grand Boulevard
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