Behr's 2021 Color of the Year Palette Is Full of Tranquil Hues

These paint colors are all about comfort.

Since so many people have transitioned to working remotely, the way our homes make us feel matters more than ever, and color plays a huge role. Colors that encourage comfort and wellbeing will always be at the forefront, and Behr's Color Trends 2021 Palette has all the tranquil shades you'll need to stay grounded. Trends may come and go, but these colors will always inspire.

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Designed around the concept of "elevated comfort," the palette features 21 colors, including warm neutrals, soft pastels, and bold, saturated hues. "This has been a year of unpredictability, and 2020 significantly changed our relationship with our homes," says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr, in a press release. "When our color team began exploring a palette, we knew it needed to be grounded in what we've been craving: comfort and personalization."

The cozy colors are organized into six distinctive themes, each evoking a different design style or mood, but you can easily mix-and-match colors across the entire palette. Available exclusively at The Home Depot, the paint colors are ideal for DIY projects both indoors and out. Check out Behr's 2021 color predictions, below, to inspire your home refresh.

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Calm Zone

Soft blues and greens offer a soothing atmosphere in bedrooms and living areas. The watery, natural colors of Behr's Calm Zone are intended to create serene, restful spaces. Try the well-worn denim of Jean Jacket Blue S510-4 on your home office walls to encourage focus.

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Casual Comfort

A riff on farmhouse style, this color theme is dominated by cozy neutrals. The warm tones include a rich earthy tan, Sierra N240-4, and a versatile off-white, Almond Wisp PPU5-12. Incorporate these colors into your entryway or kitchen for an inviting, casual feel.

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Optimistic View

This collection of eclectic colors is guaranteed to brighten any room. The bold shades of mustard yellow, red, eggplant, and teal are perfect for globally inspired interiors or high-energy spaces like kids' rooms and kitchens. Temper rich colors like Kalahari Sunset MQ1-25 or Saffron Strands PPU6-02 with a classic neutral, such as Smoky White BWC-13, for balance.

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Outdoor Escape

This 2021 Behr color theme makes updating your exterior so simple. The collection of no-fail exterior colors includes muted versions of favorites, including blue, yellow, and gray. Splash a shade like Cellini Gold HDC-CL-18 on your front door or shutters for easy curb appeal.

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Quiet Haven

Rich, saturated colors have a grounding effect in homes. The Quiet Haven theme evokes a sense of comfort with colors that are pulled straight from nature. Choose a verdant shade of forest green called Royal Orchard PPU11-01 to wrap your living or sleeping space in luxurious comfort.

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Subtle Focus

The pale pastel shades of Behr's Subtle Focus theme set a playful yet sophisticated tone. Lightened-up shades of bright colors, such as the blush pink Seaside Villa S190-1, and minty Wishful Green M410-2, were selected as a modern take on Art Deco design. Use them to refresh walls or furniture in subtle color.

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