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Colors of the Year from Benjamin Moore & Sherwin Williams


It's that time of year when paint manufacturers release their color of the year for the following year. In this case, of course, it's for 2021 - which, frankly, can't come soon enough! The colors recently released by Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore are both rooted in nature - land and sea. It's no surprise because, more than ever, we want to feel "grounded" in life. What better way than with colors close to nature? 

Photo by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore: Aegean Teal

Blue-greens are not easy to perfect. Get the combination wrong, and it can resemble a 1950s hospital ward! However, I like this particular shade of Benjamin Moore's Aegean Teal. I find it a soothing, natural color reminiscent of sea glass. 


According to Andrea Magno, director of color marketing and development, developed the color with the kitchen in mind. However, it's also a good option for cabinets in other rooms and walls.  


Benjamin Moore released Aegean Teal along with 11 other shades in its Color Trends 2021 palette. The colors are all rooted in nature and can be used together. The palette includes Atrium White, Muslin, Foggy Morning, Beacon Hill Damask, Potters Clay, Amazon Soil, Kingsport Gray, Silhouette, Chestertown Buff, Silhouette, Rosy Peach, and Gray Cashmere.


Photo by Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams: Urbane Bronze

Deep and dark, Sherwin Williams' 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze grounds us and, like a favorite blanket or sweatshirt, wraps its arms around you. If you're tired of gray, you might find yourself drawn to this beautiful, warm color. I think it would work well on walls anywhere in your home - try it in a bedroom, living room, or study. However, unlike Aegean Teal, I'm less inclined to use it on cabinets, but it could work there as well.  


Sherwin Williams recommends pairing Urbane Bronze with Modern Gray and Messenger Bag.


If you need help making paint color selections (or other design decisions) for your Triangle-area home, I can help. We can discuss the space and how the color would coordinate with the surrounding areas. 

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