These 2021 Colour Trends Will Transform Your Home Into a Tranquil Interior Oasis


As we tumble into 2021, the need for soothing spaces in our homes has never been more in demand. Specific colours such as serene blues and delicate neutrals have always been more calming than hectic hues.

In the new year, shades that add a sense of warmth and relaxation while evoking the natural world are rising to the top of the colour trend charts, according to Dulux.

"This year's soft, earthy neutrals, muted greens and gentle mauve-greys provide a reassuring connection with nature, while richer and brighter hues, such as coral and stormy blue, awaken our senses and allow for moments of optimism," explained Andrea Lucena-Orr, colour and communications manager at Dulux.

Breathe new life into your home with a fresh coat of paint or some unique upholstered accents in these 2021 colour trends.

Cashmere-soft neutrals

Stark white minimalist interiors are being set aside in favour of warm beige and ecru hues. Like a frothy latte or your favourite cashmere sweater, these shades will bring a renewed sense of comfort and cosiness back into the home.

Stormy blues

Subdued mood-boosting blues are making waves this year. They invite calm and focus into living spaces that have transitioned to accommodate professional and personal life, adding just the right level of brightness. Look for hazy, coastal-inspired blues created with a kiss of cloudy grey.

Earthy greens

Bringing the outside in isn't complete without a lush, inviting palette of greens. In 2021, expect to see earthy olive, moss and sage take centre stage. According to Dulux, these nourishing hues from nature can help encourage reflection.

Dusty roses

In that same spirit, moody petal pink decor can remind homeowners to stop and smell the roses. Colours ranging from pinkish terra cotta and coral to sophisticated mauve are all on the agenda for 2021.


Pinkish terra cotta and coastal blue play off each other perfectly.

Muted mustards

An energising splash of mustard, ochre or turmeric can instantly enliven any living space without going overboard. Plus, these more muted tones drawn from natural spices will keep interior spaces feeling grounded with a touch exotic. Rather than doing up an entire wall, try incorporating hints of such colours in throw pillows, bed linens and other decorative accents.

Rusty reds

Also on the warm side of the colour wheel, various shades of orange-red are having a moment. Ranging from burnt sienna to burgundy, and from persimmon to poppy, these saturated hues encourage an optimistic mindset and a zest for life during the day. After sundown, they can add a glowing and welcoming warmth to any room.

Nostalgic teals

Several of the top hits on the 2021 colour trends list offer an enticing sense of familiarity, most notably retro seafoam greens as well as deep, dark, Daintree-inspired teals. Use these in contrast to warmer tones, adding balance and harmony.

Tips for perfecting your colour palette:

With the top 2021 colour trends, you might find yourself feeling lost in nature from the comfort of home. Here are some ideas for making the most of these exciting shades in your interior design:

  • Lean into the mid-century modern palette with vintage accessories showcasing your favourite colours.
  • Combine rich, warm shades for a desert-inspired palette, but remember to add a blast of cool colour like teal for contrast.
  • If you're not ready to commit, it's easy to enhance relatively neutral rooms with splashes of colour in smaller doses.
  • Go with darker walls in an olive or blue hue to create a cocoon-like atmosphere.
  • Or, stick to the lighter neutrals for your walls, and experiment with richly coloured and textured upholstery.

However you decide to play with this year's colour palette, remember that, even in the most multipurpose homes, it's still possible to carve out little sanctuaries for rest and reflection using good design!

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