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2021 Color + Design Trends: A Confirmation for Spring

Design Trends

Our 2021 Color + Design trends report released just last fall, but we decided to start reviewing our forecasts now to see which trends are already coming to fruition. What we found were several themes already in play, as well as many others on the horizon:

Desert Warmth
The popularity of desert hues continues to move forward. From rosy tans to spicy oranges, these nature-based colors come alive and provide a wealth of inspiration.

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OESTE, Yucca Valley, CA. Photo Credit: CLAIRE THOMAS


Emerging Brown Influence
As a nod to the increased popularity of warmer hues, browns ranging from light beiges to deep chocolate emerge throughout interiors and fashion this spring, providing a subtle key to its importance in the years ahead.

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JOSHUA TREE HOUSE, TUCSON, AZ. photo credit: BETHANY NAUERT PHOTOGRAPHY


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Rebecca raskind CADMAN DRIVE PROJECT. Photo credit: BETHANY NAUERT PHOTOGRAPHY


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A model showcases designs by Bianca Spender during Runway 2 at Melbourne Fashion Festival at National Gallery of Victoria on March 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Naomi Rahim/WireImage)


Deep, Dark and Moody Hues
In the last few years, we’ve fallen in love with the intensity of mysterious, opulent colors, and all indicators prove that this trend is not going anywhere. Resonating coziness and warmth, as well as drama and mysticism, this full range of lush hues continues to enchant us all.

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Recent office project by a Vintage splendor


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oeste, yucca valley. photo credit: CLAIRE THOMAS


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recent venice project by claire thomas. photo credit: CLAIRE THOMAS


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Models poses during the Koche Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2021-2022 fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week on February 27, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)


Happy Hues
As the pandemic continues, we find that bright, cheerful colors are increasingly highlighted in fashion, interiors and public spaces, as well as in sportwear and outdoor gear. These lighter, fresher hues encourage positive
feelings of hope and happiness.

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MURAL ART PROJECT by Louise O'Hara. photo credit: louise o'hara


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L. A. MINI FARM. Photo credit: LAGOM LIKE MINDS


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A model walks the runway for NYFW hiTechMODA Spotlight on the New Era of Fashion - NYFW hiTechMODA - Mysterious by N.P.N. - Collection: Couleur on February 14, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW hiTechMODA )


The Continued Influence of Green
We noted the influence of green with our 2020 Color of the Year, Minty Fresh (DE5687), as well as our 2017 Color of the Year, The Green Hour (DET544) — and it looks like we’re onto something! From grass and mint to luxurious jewel tones, these lush, verdant hues will continue to expand their impact in the next few years.

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bedroom project by A VINTAGE SPLENDOR


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los diegos project by the raskinds. photo credit: bethany nauert photography


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In this image released on January 21st, models walk the runway during the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2021-2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for ABA)


Wild Blue Yonder (DE5855)
And let’s not forget our recently launched 2021 Color of the Year — Wild Blue Yonder (DE5855)! Influences of this gorgeous, sky blue is popping up everywhere — from fashion to interiors.

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LAMPS PLUS X DUNN-EDWARDS collaboration.


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In this images relesead juanuary 21, model walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2021-2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage for ABA)


So which of our other forecast trends will reveal themselves this summer and fall? Stay tuned as we continue to monitor what’s next in fashion, interiors and all areas of design. And check out here to see what our color confirmations were back in spring 2020.