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What are the trendy paint colours for 2021?

From the Resene decorating blog

If you're thinking of repainting in your home, you no doubt understand that home design trends could really inspire you to find a new room colour that you really love – and that makes an immediate visual impact.

When you want that extra "wow" factor in any room – or every one! – this year, you should remember that the styles are certainly moving in a number of very different directions, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find something you like among the following suggestions. To unlock some great ideas for your home, read on:


Jewel tones that sparkle

These deep, bold colours are all the rage right now, according to Good Housekeeping. And for good reason: They create an immediate, striking impression on anyone who sees them for the first time.

At Resene, we would recommend jewel tones such as Resene Miss Hussy and Resene Tree Frog to stick with this trend and give your living room, bedroom or kitchen a whole new look and feel.

Natural colours for an earthy mood

Bringing a little nature into your home is never a bad idea, and so far this year, it seems as though somewhat muted earthy tones are a hit with homeowners around the world.

Want to achieve this look with ease? Why not try out Resene Crossroads, Resene Chalet Green or Resene Sandrift?

The rise of "greige"

For many years, grey was considered the most stylish neutral colour, but it seems as though those days are coming to an end. Porch Daydreamer explained that this is because people are increasingly finding inspiration in paints that have a little bit more beige to them but still retain some of that cool greyish energy.

Some great options in this vein include Resene Cloud and Resene Eighth Pravda. For more of a classic beige look, you can opt for Resene Eighth Akaroa or Resene Half Thorndon Cream.

A greyer shade of cool

At the same time as grey finds itself going out of style as a neutral colour, it's starting to seep into the more vibrant cool tones like blue and green that are seemingly always en vogue.

For example, instead of a shade like Resene Point Break, you might want to opt for a toned-down version like Resene Blake. The same is true of Resene Left Field and Resene Woodstock.

Paint tins with trendy Resene colours

Which colours should you choose when you repaint? It all depends on your taste and the nature of the room itself.

Pretty pastels

Especially when you will be repainting spaces like nurseries or the bedrooms of young kids, you will simply never be able to go wrong with a nice, calming pastel. According to HGTV, for this year in particular, warm pastels like Resene Romantic and Resene Mandys Pink will be some of the trendiest options. These options will help make any room they adorn a warm, inviting place to relax.

Rich warm colours

Especially in rooms where you will be spending a lot of time, it's often a good idea to paint in deep, warm colours that provide a welcoming environment for everyone who enters and spends some time. Options like Resene Del Toro or Resene Blaze can be great here, but make sure they match your current decor.

Go big and bright

Another emerging trend? Vibrant hues that really seem to jump off the wall, according to Veranda. Colours that might normally be used as accents to provide a bright pop can also work as exciting accent walls. Alternatively, if you really want to change things up, you can repaint an entire room with this kind of eye-catching shade. Something like Resene Paris Daisy or Resene Pursuit could prove truly popular with your family and friends in 2021.

Something sunny

Finally, you can't go wrong with something that's going to catch the sun and brighten up a room naturally. Shades like Resene Witch Haze and Resene Tinkerbell will be a great idea for any room that gets a lot of sunlight at certain times of day, especially if it's a living space that would normally get used at that time. Put another way, if you have a bedroom that really lights up around noon, you might not get as much use out of repainting with these tones since the odds are you won't be in there too much at that time.

Whenever you're thinking of repainting in any room of your home, it's important to seek advice (and help) from experienced experts. At your local Resene ColorShop, you'll get all the guidance you need in finding the absolute right paint colour for your home and arrive at a decision that works best for you. Stop into one of our many locations throughout Australia and New Zealand to find out more about what we can do for you. But first, be sure to check our website and identify some colours that could potentially work well for your home.

March 11, 2021

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