HIGH POINT — Home improvement specialist Fixr.com’s latest report indicates that the pandemic has strongly affected how homeowners choose color throughout the home ranging from walls and wallpapers to furniture, cabinetry and accent décor.
The just-published 2021 Paint & Color Trends report is based on a survey of 68 interior design experts who shared insights into how shifts in lifestyles have impacted homeowners’ paint and color choices.
“In many ways, this could be expected,” the report said of the shift in homeowner habits. “The extra time spent at home has had many people reexamining their environments, with more than 60% of all homeowners having undertaken some type of home project in the last year. With this new involvement in home projects, many people may want to get a fresh look or color for their homes as well.”
According to the survey, 60% of the designers said that homeowners prefer light furniture, with 36% favoring light natural tones and 24% favoring light colors.
“This certainly lines up with the paint color trends; light and natural tones on the furniture would coordinate well with the natural and neutral colors for the walls, also making the ideal backdrops for some fun, bold colors added by accent pillows or art,” the report said
Another 34% of the designers surveyed said that homeowners prefer darker furniture, with 22% saying they favored dark natural colors and 12% saying they preferred dark natural tones.
Based on colors of the year determined by major paint resources, 53% of the experts said that they believed Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal would be the most popular color choice in the marketplace, while another 43% chose Sherwin-Williams’ Urbane Bronze.
Others surveyed chose several different color themes identified by paint resources Pantone, PPG, Dutch Boy and Glidden.
A majority of surveyed also said that neutrals with pops of color, warm neutrals and earthy tones were replacing grays and are the top three color palettes preferred by homeowners.
“For the past several years, gray in all its shades has been the top color for interior and exterior design,” the report noted. “As of late, most interior designers have been making the case for a more earth-toned palette instead. … Neutrals in all their shades go hand in hand with earth tones, with warm neutrals complementing them particularly well. It seems that many homeowners are ready for some more color after several years of gray.”
The report also looked at popular ways to incorporate colors into the home. For example, 49% of the designers said that textiles such as bedding will be the most popular way to add color to the mix in 2021, while 37% and 32%, respectively said painting a whole room or using wallpaper on an accent wall and 25% said wallpapering a whole room.
About 27% chose furniture and 25% chose cabinetry as the most popular ways to bring color into a room.
Other key findings:
- 24% said off-white was the most popular color for the home office, followed by navy blue (18%), blue/green (16%), blue/gray (15%), pale green/gray (10%), medium gray (8%) and pale yellow/green (6%).
- 48% chose blue as the color most recommended for personal spaces such as bedrooms, followed by green (16%), white (13%), gray (9%) and violet (5%).