2021's Top Interior Paint Trends

Over the last couple of years, we have become bolder with our interior colour choices, aiming to make our homes more cosy and positive. 2021 has only highlighted our preference for brighter and warmer tones over cool neutrals and greys.

Read this blog to find out more about what colours you need in your house!

Johnstone Caribbean Tide

Vibrant Blue

This year, interior trends have been moving towards bolder and brighter colours, so it’s no shock that electric blue is 2021’s next best thing. If you’re looking to brighten up a space, then look no further! While painting the whole room this colour can be a bold yet creative move, this vibrant tone works just as well as a feature wall or to create a piece of statement furniture.

You can see how beautifully paired a bold blue can be with other brightly coloured furniture such as yellow or pink.

Warm Neutrals

Recently, we have turned to warm neutrals and deep earthy palettes, such as milky and almond tones. These tones are more comforting and have been used to help to create a restful and grounding space in which you can relax. The lighter neutrals look good best with a matte or textured finish.

Dulux Overtly Olive

Johnstone Dusky Berry

Warm Dark Hues

Best paired with warm neutrals and white colours for contrast, dark furniture adds richness to a room, so if you have an old piece of furniture in need of a revamp, this is your chance! As for wall paint, we are leaning towards warmer dark shades, such as reds and plums. These effortlessly create a luxurious and intimate space - perfect for a bedroom.

Green is the New Grey

After 2020’s lean towards nature and natural tones, we’re again inviting nature back into our homes this year through all sorts of shades of leafy green – from sage to olive to emerald. Bringing an atmosphere of tranquillity to your house, it is best paired with wooden accents and natural textures. Even better, these elegant shades suit all kinds of furniture as well as the walls themselves, so get creative!

English Rose Painted Kitchen in Sage Grey

Dulux Blush Pink

Subtle Pink

Experimenting with light pink tones isn't a new trend, but it's popularity is still roaring from the last few years. 2021 has seen this colour be paired with blacks, dark greens, greys and navy blues to add depth and character to the room. Without this contrast, brighter pink walls risk being too overwhelming, so ensure you carefully pair it with another colour. The room we recommend to paint pink is the bathroom, which will add a touch of elegance.

Friendly Yellow

Yellow is known as the happy colour for a reason – it instantly adds an air of ease and positivity to a space. The shade of yellow that people have tended to focus on this year has a darker, more mustard-like tone to welcome people into your home with.

Johnstone Warming Rays

If you are interested in any of the products that have been mentioned, please contact your local Sydenhams Timber Merchants’ branch or one of our Kitchen & Bathroom showrooms. We will do our best to help you! We also provide a paint mixing service at selected branches, using Dulux, Johnstone or Leyland paint.


The above article was published on 5th August 2021, and is subject to change and further guidance.