In light of the past year-plus, it makes perfect sense that many individuals would be fixating on paint. After all, color has a unique capability to convey mood, and experimenting with an accent wall is both cheaper and less permanent than a full-scale remodel. But with so many trend forecasts—and even scientific breakthroughs—making the rounds lately, it can be hard to keep up. Whether you’re searching for aesthetic guidance or just want to know all about TikTok’s latest color fads, consider the below roundup your new go-to paint guide for the first half of 2021.
With YInMn, Blue Becomes More Opaque
Not only has 2021 inspired a rethink of the role colors play in our homes, but it’s also seen the introduction of a completely new pigment capable of putting cobalt to shame. Though the discovery of YInMn blue dates all the way back to an Oregon State University laboratory in 2009, this year marked the introduction of this soothing and potentially energy-saving shade as a finished paint capable of adding an alluring, opaque touch wherever it’s used.
Blue Is Big on Instagram Too
While YInMn seems to be the blue of the future, the color is having a moment here in the present as well. Based on Instagram hashtag usage, shades like Farrow & Ball’s Hague and Stiffkey Blues are booming in 2021, with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy and Dulux’s Denim Drift also among today’s trending blues.
On Google, Things Are More Black and White
Don’t be fooled, though: Blue isn’t the only color that’s captured our attention. Google Trends data shows simpler, more minimalist whites and blacks popping up everywhere from kitchen cabinets to bedroom walls. Of course, the occasional blip of interest in lavender and other more adventurous shades suggests there are plenty of ways to still see the world in color.
TikTok Paints the Bathroom Pink
If TikTok is any indication, bland bathrooms are a thing of the past. Whether using millennial pink or more of a throwback rose hue, opting to brighten your bathroom with pink is a sly way to break from more boring colors without necessarily rearranging your home’s whole vibe.
Finding Paint Inspo From Matisse to the Mediterranean
Given how much time we’ve spent since March 2020 trying to escape the formless present, it’s no huge surprise that there have been tons of trend predictions concerning the paint colors we’ll be pointed toward once life fully returns to “normal.” However, none of those attempts to articulate the future of paint have been as broad and robust as what Dunn-Edwards has shared. Like other brands, Dunn-Edwards upholds the ideas of calm, wellness, and sustainability, but its 60 paint colors across five distinct motifs offer inspiration for anyone searching to shake things up.