Brush Up On 2021’s Prettiest Paint Colours

Yearning for a fresh coat? Here are six trendy hues to keep in mind for your next project.

A photo of a natural brown Acapulco chair aginst a teal-y blue wall
(Photo: courtesy Sico)

1. Blue-Winged Warbler, Sico

“We’re turning to nature for comfort and relaxation after months of feeling unsettled,” says Martin Tustin-Fuchs, senior marketing manager for Sico. The watery hue does just that with its Zen-ish vibes and nod-to-nature name (the blue-winged warbler is commonly found across the eastern United States and southern Ontario).

A bouquet of red and pink peonies in a white pitcher on top of a white mantel against a green wall

(Photo: courtesy Farrow & Ball)

2. Sap Green, Farrow & Ball

Sap Green—which the England-based paint pioneer created in collaboration with London’s Natural History Museum—is an apt choice for halls and entryways. It’s perfect for those who want to embrace a stronger colour with a mid-century modern feel, suggests colour curator Joa Studholme.

A dining table against a wall painted in Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze, which is blend of deep chocolate and modern grey

(Photo: Courtesy Sherwin-Williams)

3. Urbane Bronze, Sherwin-Williams

For a warmer alternative to stark black, Sherwin-Williams’ Urbane Bronze delivers in spades. This earth tone is a blend of deep chocolate and modern grey, and pairs perfectly with the woven textures and raw woods that are popular of late.

A photo of a natural wood kitchen counter next to a blue/grey/green kitchen wall.

(Photo: Benjamin Moore)

4. Aegean Teal, Benjamin Moore

“Aegean Teal is a grounded combination of blue, green and grey,” says colour-design expert Sharon Grech. She credits this tranquil tone with being “naturally harmonious.” Who couldn’t use a little more harmony at home?

A photo of a bed with a brass frame against a blackened mineral green wall.

(Photo: courtesy Tamara Smith,

5. The Hammer, Digby Paints

“This is a blackened mineral green with endless possibilities,” says Jill Torrance, co-founder of Digby Paints, an online paint retailer based in Hamilton, Ont. Try The Hammer on an accent wall for a down-to-earth dose of colour.

A living room with wainscotting and window trim painted a saturated magenta-meets-red.

(Photo: courtesy HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams)

6. Passionate, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

Craving colour after a bleak year? Passionate, a saturated magenta-meets-red, is the ultimate paint pick-me-up. “The current cultural climate has created a state of overstimulation . . . but that doesn’t mean we need to forgo having fun with colour,” says Ashley Banbury, the brand’s senior colour designer.