Colour is one of the key foundations of any design. Colour enhances design in so many ways by contributing to our daily attitudes and emotions, creating contrast and an overall feeling in the space. The colour pallet for this year is one that to me is both energetic and serene. Pantone has released two colours that almost battle each other, and Benjamin Moore has released a lovely calm colour of the year with an even more serene pallet.

Pantone has announced two colours for 2021: Illuminating and Ultimate Grey. Illuminating, a bright almost energetic neon yellow is bound to make those who use it inspired and happy. Ultimate Grey, on the other hand, is considered to be safe and comforting. Benjamin Moore has chosen Aegean Teal supported by a pallet of warm and familiar tones. Aegean Teal can be quite bold on its own but, combined with its neutral supporting pallet, it is quite calming and serene. What is your take on 2021? Will 2021 be a year to redeem and conquer or will it be a year to recover and rejuvenate?

There are so many reasons to incorporate colour into a design. Your design can be driven with colour to create a fun and interesting space. Colour can create contrast, giving the design warmth and visual depth. Colour can also be used to evoke a feeling within the design. The theory behind why we use colour is quite amazing; it truly affects how we feel and how we live our lives every day. The best way to incorporate these new on-trend colours is to introduce them in small doses. Our design team adores incorporating into our residential projects the colours of the year  through our accessories like accent pillows, artwork, area rugs and even small unexpected accents of paint. 

Get this, our favourite way to add a pop of colour to a home is by painting the interior doors! Do not be afraid, your builder-white office door is begging for a new colour… perhaps Aegean Teal? Ah-ha, we knew you’d love it! Painting your front door is a great and cost-effective way to add colour to your exterior as well. A small weekend do-it-yourself project can make a large impactful difference when adding colour in this way to your home.

If painting interior doors is not for you, then another on-trend way to add colour to a space is through colour-blocking murals. More and more we are seeing abstract colourful wallpaper which can easily be painted onto a wall using the colours of the year. This design feature can add a punch to any space!

Furniture is another great way to add colour to a design. We love a bold colour accent chair or stool in a living room with corresponding pillows on the sofa to tie it all together. If adding colour to a space is scary for you, try incorporating small accents first like throw blankets, pillows, and artwork. Once you are more comfortable with colour, then start playing around with drapery, bold furniture, and statement art pieces. The design opportunities are endless!

There are so many ways to incorporate and embrace the 2021 colours of the year into your home without changing the whole design. Don’t be afraid to go have some fun with it and discover the influence colour truly can bring to your home interiors.


Award winning Designer Michelle Berwick is the Principal & Creative Founder of Michelle Berwick Design. For almost a decade this notable GTA firm has become sought after for providing livable stylish and uniquely personal interiors.

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