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The colour trends of 2021

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WordsFrankie Marqueé

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2020, what a challenging one you’ve been. But, as 2021 comes into view, the world looks onwards and upwards and talk of what’s to come begins to unfold. Top of the topics in the world of interiors has to be colour trend predictions.

Looking back on the unrest that’s been front and centre, surely the colours that need to come forward are those that will uplift, reassure and offer up a generous serving of positive vibes only. So which hues will lead the way? Which tones tout tranquillity? And which shades will say, ‘my home is my sanctuary’ better than the rest? Three questions we put to Lick’s Head Colour Specialist Tash Bradley as she reveals her colour trend forecast for the year to come…

2021 in two words: warm neutrals 

Earthy, wholesome, nurturing, nourishing hues are the ones to watch for the next twelve months – in a nutshell. Expect less grey and more brown and beige – colours that feel stable, grounded, warm and neutral. Read everything you need to know about beige paint colours.

Our homes have had to get used to being a place of serious work, rest and play as they’ve evolved into being the office, the classroom, and the playground (for grown-ups as much as for children). Meaning that we've had to think about which colours can translate to all of those scenarios? Which colours will will energise you enough through the 9-5, but then will help you kick back when the day’s done? 

“As we struggle to find a line between work and home, beiges and greiges are predicted to take the spotlight in 2021. These easy-going colours are simple to style and offer the perfect backdrop for a home office, offering focus and calm as well as warmth and comfort, perfect for helping people transfer between work and play seamlessly,” says Tash. 

Are you now spending a lot of time in a dark room and wondering which calming colours will work in it? Try Beige 01 or discover the best neutral paint colours to help transform your space.

But there’s no such thing as one shade of beige, and warm neutrals don’t have to be restricted to the land of greige either. It’s all about that base and getting familiar with which colours have a warm neutral character at their core. According to Tash, there are three possible paths to take to nail the 2021 trend, ranging from putty pinks to harmonising, balancing green.

Warm neutrals

Tash says: “These are the most unassuming, most easygoing colours of the lot and offer a fresh perspective on classic neutrals like cool or warm whites or greys that have reigned supreme for years now. They have such a comforting character but are instantly elegant too, and can modernise a space as much as adding a Georgian style of refinement in a period property.”

Lick picks: any of the tones from our Beige (caramel soft Beige 01) or Greige palettes (like green-meets-grey Greige 01 and taupe-y Greige 02).

Beiges and greiges are predicted to take the spotlight in 2021.

Tash Bradley

But there’s no such thing as one shade of beige, and warm neutrals don’t have to be restricted to the land of greige either. It’s all about that base and getting familiar with which colours have a warm neutral character at their core. According to Tash, there are three possible paths to take to nail the 2021 trend, ranging from putty pinks to harmonising, balancing green.

Warm neutrals

Tash says: “These are the most unassuming, most easygoing colours of the lot and offer a fresh perspective on classic neutrals like cool or warm whites or greys that have reigned supreme for years now. They have such a comforting character but are instantly elegant too, and can modernise a space as much as adding a Georgian style of refinement in a period property.”

Lick picks: any of the tones from our Beige (caramel soft Beige 01) or Greige palettes (like green-meets-grey Greige 01 and taupe-y Greige 02).

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