The paint company predicts nostalgic neutrals will dominate next year.

By Jessica Bennett
September 01, 2020
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America's decades-long love affair with cool gray tones is officially over. Beige is back, and it's bringing a warm, soothing vibe to our homes in 2021, according to PPG's newly released Palette of the Year. Named "Be Well," the collection of colors emphasizes comfort and simplicity, with an earthy shade of beige as the leading star.

bedroom with beige walls and turquoise painted arch
Credit: Courtesy of PPG

The trio of hues includes oatmeal-colored Transcend, a warm clay color called Big Cypress, and a watery turquoise called Misty Aqua. Drawing on nature, the palette was designed to encourage mindfulness and relaxation during such a tumultuous time. "With the world sheltering in place for the better half of the year, we have begun to crave human connection and embrace simple activities, including walking, hiking, baking, and gardening," said Dee Schlotter, PPG's senior color marketing manager, in a press release. "This organic and hopeful palette represents what we have been longing for after decades of overstimulation and over-consumption—simplicity and restfulness."

living area with beige walls
Credit: Courtesy of PPG

Beige, therefore, might be just the color we need right now. Popular in homes throughout the 1990s, the sandy neutral taps into a nostalgic desire for past comforts. PPG's Transcend, which the brand calls the "antidote to an era of cool gray," updates this classic paint color with rich gingerbread undertones for added warmth.

When combined with the palette's soft blue and clay accent colors, beige feels fresh and modern yet familiar enough to offer a sense of comfort. Lean into the color's ties to nature by pairing beige walls with plenty of greenery, wood furniture in natural finishes, and organic textures such as linen upholstery or rattan decor. The effect is a space that grounds, soothes, and inspires calm, a feeling we could all use more of as we say goodbye to 2020 and look forward to the coming year.

Comments (7)

Anonymous
September 18, 2020
I AM SO GLAD BEIGE IS BACK. I NEVER CARED FOR GREY WALLS UNLESS IT WAS ALMOST A ICEY GRAY. REAL PALE AND LIGHT. I LIKE ONLY REAL LIGHT BEIGE TOO.NOTHING DARK FOR ME.
Anonymous
September 18, 2020
I AM SO GLAD BEIGE IS BACK. I NEVER CARED FOR GREY WALLS UNLESS IT WAS ALMOST A ICEY GRAY. REAL PALE AND LIGHT. I LIKE ONLY REAL LIGHT BEIGE TOO.NOTHING DARK FOR ME.
Anonymous
September 14, 2020
Good, I never left so I’m back in style..☺️
Anonymous
September 14, 2020
Good! I’m SOOOOOO tired of gray everywhere — walls, appliances, furniture. Whole neighborhoods have gone gray and it’s like walking through graveyards. The only things missing are the headstones. Ugh.
Anonymous
September 14, 2020
Good! I’m SOOOOOO tired of gray everywhere — walls, appliances, furniture. Whole neighborhoods have gone gray and it’s like walking through graveyards. The only things missing are the headstones. Ugh.
Anonymous
September 14, 2020
Ugly colors!
Anonymous
September 6, 2020
Blah. But it's better than everything sterile white.