What Interior Designers Think of the 2021 Colors of the Year

As we near the end of each year, certain companies forecast what colors will be most popular in the design world in the coming year. And we’re not just talking about interior design. These colors of the year speak to trends in fashion, art, graphic design, the entertainment industry and even take into consideration environmental influences around the world and the cultural moment we find ourselves in. Experts land on these colors after months of research, travel, and trend analysis.

The Pantone Color Institute was one of the first companies to create an annual color of the year—and they just dropped the Pantone 2021 Color of the Year. Or should we say Colors of the Year? That’s right—for the second time, they’ve picked two colors of the year rather than the typical one. (They did this in 2016 as well.) Their picks? Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

Two other big players in establishing a Color of the Year are the paint companies Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore. Both companies have not only selected a Color of the Year for the past several years, but they create palettes of other colors that work well with their main color choice.

Want to see these 2021 Colors of the Year in action? Below, we’re digging into the Pantone, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore colors of the year—exploring what they are, the significance behind them, and featuring some of our designers’ takes on how to incorporate these colors into your home! Keep reading for more on how to choose a color palette with these trendy shades.

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Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

As we mentioned, Pantone selected two different colors for their 2021 Color of the Year: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray.

Why Pantone Picked These Colors

According to Pantone, these “two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to support one another . . . Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.”

While complementary, these shades are quite different. Ultimate Gray is “emblematic of solid and dependable elements,” according to Pantone—like pebbles on a beach, rock formations, and other natural elements that can stand the test of time. This color “quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness, and resilience.” Meanwhile, Illuminating is a bright shade of yellow. This cheerful hue has a sense of vivacity, warmth, and power.

What These Colors Mean for 2021

The folks at Pantone were feeling optimistic when they chose these two colors. While they knew we needed a sense of dependability after the tumultuousness of 2020, they also felt like we needed a sign of hope. That’s what they hope these colors will represent in 2021. Fortitude and happiness. Dependability and hopefulness. Strength and joy.

How Modsy Designers are Using Illuminating and Ultimate Gray

Check out two of our designers’ takes on both of these two colors below.

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Look #1: Sophisticated & Cheerful

Modsy Designer: Katherine B.

Katherine’s Inspiration: “Yellow can be seen as a youthful color, but I wanted to make it feel a bit more sophisticated.”

How Katherin Used Illuminating: “This shade of yellow is very bright, cheerful, and energizing. But, because of its boldness, it can easily take over a room. So, I wanted to balance it with navy blue, a more subdued and grounding hue. (Though, you could also pair it with black or brown, which would also offer that grounding element.) I went for more classic furnishings while keeping the overall space colorful and cheerful. Since the yellow is so bold, I kept the patterning very simple because I didn’t want anything clashing for attention in this space.”

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Look #2: Bold & Moody

Modsy Designer: Karina L.

Karina’s Inspiration: “I wanted to capture the energy of this color throughout this space, while only using the color itself in a small area of the room.”

How Karina Used Illuminating: While I wouldn’t recommend using Illuminating as a color for a full wall (it would be far too intense), I did have fun placing it in an unexpected accent area—the interior of the archway. Painting an archway is a fun way to bring in a bright and bold color that you may not want to commit to on a whole wall. The overall vibe of this space is fun and moody, with the bold patterns and pop of yellow bringing energy and color throughout.”

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Check out some of our other favorite yellow room designs for more ways to use this color!

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The Look: Calming & Understated

Modsy Designer: Katherine B.

Katherine’s Inspiration: “I wanted to play the Ultimate Gray up with lots of rich neutrals, like leather, deep brown wood, stark blacks and whites, and even some tans—embracing a neutral color palette, but creating a space with a ton of depth.”

How Katherin Used Ultimate Gray: “This space is full of texture but has a simple color palette which makes it very calming. Gray is an understated color—so by adding depth to it with other neutrals and textures, it becomes more of an integral part of the design instead of just another color on the wall. Ultimate Gray is a soft hue, making it a perfect choice for a neutral paint color. While I went with an overall neutral color palette, you could easily pair this with brighter and bolder hues. It has undertones of warmth, making it an excellent color choice for any style.”

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Hungry for more? Check out all the Pantone Colors of the Year from the past decade, plus our designers’ takes on Classic Blue, the Pantone 2020 color.

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2021 Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year

The 2021 Benjamin Moore Paint Color of the Year is Aegean Teal. More subdued than what might immediately come to mind when you think of teal, this color is almost a robin’s egg blue.

Why Benjamin Moore Picked this Color

The team at Benjamin Moore wanted a color for 2021 that celebrates life’s simple pleasures. In 2020, we’ve all learned to find joy in small and mundane moments, and this color is the embodiment of that spirit. A blend of blue-green and gray, Aegean Teal has an interesting tone that helps create a sense of harmony, together with the other colors in their 2021 Color Trend Palette. Together, “the twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and wellbeing. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home,” according to Benjamin Moore.

What This Color Means for 2021

The idea behind Aegean Teal is one of comfort and presence. Balanced and deeply soothing, this shade is meant to nourish our spirits (something we could all use after this year) and bring a sense of brightness but familiarity into our homes.

How Modsy Designers are Using Aegean Teal

Check out two of our designers’ takes on this color below.

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Look #1: High-Contrast & Curated

Modsy Designer: Karina L.

Karina’s Inspiration: I wanted to elevate this shade of light blue, which can easily be written off as a color just for a children’s bedroom or a bathroom. I wanted to prove it could hold its own in a curated living room.

How Karina Used Aegean Teal: “For me, this design was all about creating contrast. A warm mustard sofa helps to offset the dominant cool tones of the wall color. By layering this space with art, objects, and furniture, I created a curated take on the Minimalist Maximalist trend, but with a fresh and unexpected color palette.”

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Look #2: Youthful & Coastal

Modsy Designer: Katherine B.

Katherine’s Inspiration: “This color has a beachy and youthful vibe to it. I wanted to capture some fun and youthful energy of a teenage summer.”

How Katherine Used Aegean Teal: “This is an energizing color, so I wanted to play it up with other fun colors—like pink and other shades of teal. This made it feel even more youthful, but the blues and pinks also contrast and create a really pretty soft glow. I wanted to play up some fun and youthful elements that a teenager or adolescent might be drawn to—like the canopy-esque bed and the trendy campaign-style nightstand. Meanwhile, white and brass pop against the saturated color, making it even more vibrant.”

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2021 Sherwin-Williams Paint Color of the Year

Urbane Bronze, the 2021 Sherwin Williams Paint Color of the Year, is a color that’s all about simple sophistication and a sense of tranquility.

Why Sherwin-Williams Picked this Color

Sherwin-Williams chose this nature-inspired hue for its energy and simplicity. As they noted on their website, “Now more than ever, our homes have become the backdrop to our lives, reminding us that the moments worth cherishing have always been right in front of us. As we’re looking to create the ultimate retreat for reflection and renewal, we’re turning to a hue whose natural simplicity and nature-inspired energy cultivate a sense of calm from the ground up.”

They also noted that, because of the way this color is rooted in nature (it has very muddy brown undertones) it goes well with foliage and other earth-toned hues. Sherwin-Williams feels Urbane Bronze “has a unique ability to ground a room through organic appeal. Whether it’s accentuating window trims or accent walls, this warm hue draws from nature for a feeling of relaxation and serenity.”

What This Color Means for 2021

Urbane Bronze—along with Sherwin-Williams’ other colors of their Sanctuary color palette, which is part of their Colormix® Color Forecast 2021—are intended to nurture wellness and calm. This can be done by pairing it with neutrals for a minimal and relaxing look. But, because of its undertones, you could also pair it with the bold room trend and pair it with saturated earth tones or jewel tones.

How Modsy Designers are Using Urbane Bronze

Check out two of our designers’ takes on this color below.

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Look #1: Sleek & Industrial

Modsy Designer: Katherine B.

Katherine’s Inspiration: “I was inspired by industrial spaces, like train stations, lofts, and factories. I wanted to incorporate that with metal and natural materials like marble and stone—but do it in an unexpected way.”

How Katherin Used Urbane Bronze: “This color feels inherently moody and industrial, and it leans slightly masculine with its dark hues. Since Urbane Bronze is ultra saturated, I wanted to use furniture and decor that would contrast with and soften this color. The marble desk is quite sleek, with its brass legs and simple shape. The stone accents feel organic, and even the display cabinet has curvatures that soften the use of the material a bit. The white pops and the linen of the desk chair add a textural element too. The chair feels feminine and soft in nature which makes this space feel more approachable.”

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Look #2: Organic & Modern

Modsy Designer: Karina L.

Karina’s Inspiration: “I love that it has somewhat muddy undertones, which helps to craft an organic and nature-inspired space. I used the natural and organic nature of this color to inspire the shapes and decor of this space.”

How Karina Used Urbane Bronze: “I wanted to play with the warm undertones of this dark and moody color. This bedroom is the combination of light and dark—light airy furniture pieces combined with earthy and natural materials such as linen, jute, seagrass, and wood to help offset the dark wall color.”

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See how our designers designed with Naval, the Sherwin-Williams 2020 Color of the Year.

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How to Choose a Color Palette: A Complete Guide to Decorating with Color

Color is one of the foundational principles of interior design. In fact, it’s one of the five interior design basics! That’s because color really helps set the tone for a space and influences its design style—whether you’re going for a neutral or bold colored room, something subtle or more vibrant.

The use of color is one of the easiest ways to change how a space looks and feels. And we’re not just talking paint colors—though that’s a major way to help set a color palette in a room. But textiles, art, decor, and upholstery are all pieces you can use to help establish and support the color palette in a room.

But how do you choose a color palette and how do you know what colors go well together? To help you navigate the world of color, we’ve put together this post full of tips and guidelines for choosing a color palette for your room!

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How to Choose Colors for Your Room

We’re all drawn to certain colors, and different colors may create different feelings within you. So, when thinking through how to decorate a room and what colors to include, there are a couple questions you can ask yourself:

  • How will I be using my space?
  • What colors am I drawn to most?
  • Are there any colors that evoke a sense of calmness in me?
  • What colors make me happy?
  • Are there colors that help me concentrate?
  • Can I align a color palette with my mental and emotional needs for that space?

The mental and emotional associations you have with certain colors can be really impactful when you put the right colors in the right spaces. When you’re designing a room like an office, you might lean toward choosing colors that promote focus. In a bedroom, you probably want to create feelings of calm. In a living room, where you spend more time, you might want colors that make you feel happy and make you want to spend a lot of time in a space. So, think through your mental and emotional needs and allow the needs for each room to guide your color choices.

And the colors you gravitate toward for each need won’t be the same for everyone else! Blue doesn’t make everyone feel calm and red doesn’t make everyone angry. The way you respond to color is personal, and that means you can make personal choices for the colors you choose to use in your home. (Check out episode 5 of our podcast, The Render, for more on color theory and environmental psychology.)

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Color Intensity: Soft Colors vs. Saturated Colors

When you’re thinking about colors, you also want to think about the level of intensity of the colors. Think about if you prefer softer colors, like pastels, or highly saturated colors, like jewel tones. Or maybe you prefer something in the middle, that’s more in the primary color or earth toned realm.

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When you play with the level of color intensity that you’re adding into the space, it changes the emotional response or feeling you have within that space. Pastels are softer colors that are often seen as more youthful. This is a more subtle take on color and can be seen as more calming, like in the living room above. Meanwhile, more saturated colors (like the dining room above), like jewel tones, are bold, dramatic, and make more of a statement within your space. But, with any level of color intensity—from soft to highly saturated—you can opt for pops of color or really bold washes of color within the space.

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3 Different Ways to Think About Color

When choosing colors for your space, there are three core ways that you can think about color. This involves the amount and intensity of color in a space, and falls on a spectrum from neutral to a bold use of color.

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Some people prefer a more neutral color palette. Neutral colors are hues that appear to be without color—like white, taupe, beige, black, and grey. They do actually have color in them, but they’re more subdued. They’re colors that can be layered in with more bold and saturated colors. But they can also live on their own really well. You can create a really beautiful space using only neutral colors. And this doesn’t result in a dull or boring space! (See our post about decorating with white as proof!) In fact, a neutral color palette, with neutral paint colors, can be really calming and serene. If you love neutrals but want a space with a little more “umph,” layer in some contrasting or darker neutrals.

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Pops of Color

If you’re someone who’s drawn to a little color but don’t want to go all out, you’re the perfect candidate for using pops of color! Pops of color tend to leverage color in art and decorative accents like rugs and pillows. You might have a neutral base in your main furniture and walls, but you can incorporate colors in smaller pieces that are easy to switch out.

This is perfect for people who like to dabble in trends or are fickle about color schemes, since you can easily change your pops of color season to season or as new trends emerge. But you can also take a bolder approach to pops of color by incorporating color in a larger piece of furniture, like a sofa or bed, or by painting an accent wall. However, this is more of a commitment since it involves pieces you can’t easily switch out.

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Bold Colors

The ultimate way to use color is by taking a really bold approach. Bold colored rooms use highly saturated hues, and there is often a mix of multiple bright shades. The result? A space with a lot of drama. And even spaces with a bold use of color can be turned up or down. You can still opt for a neutral colored sofa and incorporate bold colors around it, on your walls and through your rugs, pillows, artwork and decor. Or, you can go all out with color, where just about every surface and piece of furniture and decor has a bold use of color.

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Creating a Color Palette

Once you land on where you want to be on the spectrum of neutral to bold, you’ll want to create an overall color palette for your space. Because you never use just one tone of one color in a space! But that begs the question: How do you actually create a color palette? Here are a few of our favorite ways to create a color palette.

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Monochromatic color palettes focus on different shades of the same hue. It’s almost like looking at a paint swatch, from dark to light. When using a monochromatic color scheme, there’s only one dominant color, but since there are different shades there’s a sense of depth and nuance to the space. And there are certainly different levels of intensity you can go with a monochromatic palette, depending on the base color you choose.

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Complementary Colors

If you prefer to use multiple colors in a space, you can go for a complementary color palette. Complementary colors sit opposite to each other on the color wheel, so they create a strong contrast within your room’s color scheme. The most basic complementary color palettes are orange and blue, red and green, and purple and yellow. But as you dig deeper into the different shades of each color, you can create a lot of nuance within these complementary hues

Complementary colors are contrasting, so they create a little bit of drama in a space, but in a way that’s more subtle than the drama of a monochromatic space.

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Color Families: Jewel Tones, Earth Tones, and Pastels

Another route to go is choosing a family of colors—like a jewel tone color palette or one comprised of earth tones or pastels. Going with a color family is a foolproof way to create a color palette. Because of the uniform saturation and tonality of these different families of color, you can feel confident that they’ll bring a cohesive look to your space.

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Warm Tones vs. Cool Tones

You can also group colors based on if they have warm or cool undertones, and create a color palette with colors in just one camp. When you look at a color wheel, warm colors are the reds, oranges, and yellows. Cool colors are the blues, greens, and purples. So, whereas a complementary color palette takes two colors from opposite sides of the color wheel, a color palette based on warm or cool tones uses colors that are next to each other on the color wheel—AKA secondary colors.

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Color Palettes in Adjoining Rooms

One other thing to consider is what it looks like to choose color palettes across multiple spaces or adjoining rooms. When you have an open-concept space or a room that’s in view of other spaces in your home, you do want to create a sense of continuity; the two spaces should feel like they go together.

You could certainly pull the same color palette through the adjoining spaces for a simple solve. But another easy way to do this is to have one similar color element going through both spaces without it being identical. WIth a complementary color scheme, this would look like choosing one of those two colors and pulling it through both spaces, but choosing a slightly different complementary color in the other space. In a room with lots of bold colors, you can pick up a couple of the same colors in the adjoining space but then introduce new colors as well. Of course, this is easiest with a neutral color scheme where you have only subtle pops of color or contrast. You can keep the overall color palette the same in both spaces, but increase or lower the contrast and drama in each space.

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Now that you have the basics of how to choose a color palette for your room, you might be ready to get some inspiration for your own space! Well, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out some of our favorite interior design ideas in the realm of color—like the most popular living room color schemes, the best color palettes for green, some of our favorite color schemes for fall, and foolproof color schemes for blue rooms.

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5 Bold Wall Color Ideas We Love for Any Room

If you have a hankering to change up the look of your space, bold wall colors might be just what you need. Paint sets the mood for a room and can instantly add personality and style to an otherwise lackluster space. Even if none of your furniture changes, a new coat of paint can totally transform the look and feel of the room. If you’re looking to try out something a bit bolder, here are our 5 picks for bold wall colors that help set a mood.

charcoal blue paintCharcoal Blue

We love this Charcoal Blue bold wall paint by Sherwin Williams. It’s bold and dark but has a grey tint that also gives it a neutral quality to make it super versatile. It’s perfect if you have a lot of white/neutrals in your space because the color adds contrast and makes light furniture pop instead of appearing drab. And, the richness of the deep blue is cool but doesn’t feel chilly.

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If you’re really ready to go bold and conquer, consider this Gulf Stream color by Sherwin Williams. This intense aqua blue is as bold as they come! It’s a lovely, vibrant hue that brings the tropical vibes of Miami right into your home. This bold paint color definitely makes a statement for a person who is unafraid of color. And it pairs really well with bright furniture and accents, like this gold sofa and neon artwork!

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black swan paintBlack Swan

An almost purple shade of grey, this Black Swan paint color by Sherwin Williams is just as intense as it sounds! This shade is not for the faint of heart – it’s a hue that is daring and unapologetically bold. You will definitely set a distinct mood with this color, although the kind of mood depends on how you accessorize. It’s a great hue for eclectic interiors or in rooms where you want the materials to shine, like this luxe armchair and the yellow porcelain vase.

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If you want to really spice up your room, go for this Radicchio shade by Farrow & Ball. The super red hot color that makes a great compliment to natural tones. If you’re not ready to deck out the entire room in Radicchio, why not consider it for an accent wall or a room that isn’t your main living space. Red is a great color for spaces where you want to feel energized and lively, like an entry or bathing space!

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green black paintGreen Black

Almost a dark shade of olive, this Green Black hue from Farrow & Ball is the most neutral of the bunch. This is a great color for monochrome spaces that use other shades of grey. It helps foster a sense of calm and peace because it’s on the cooler side of the spectrum. It’s also neutral enough to perfectly complement a variety of styles, including modern, industrial and contemporary designs.

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We’re Mad For Monochrome Rooms – 4 Ways to Get the Look

green monochrome roomYou might think decorating a monochrome room is just another passing color trend, but it’s the exact opposite. Monochrome rooms, or spaces in black-and-white or varying tones of one color, have long been used by designers to add drama and impact in homes. It’s a daring approach to color that’s daunting at first. But if you commit to the look, the result can be a space that’s bold, elegant, and absolutely unforgettable.

If you’re not one for color and feel intimidated by the idea of a monochrome room, don’t be. It’s actually much easier than working with a palette that has lots of different colors. The focused color scheme surprisingly helps with design decisions since it also streamlines your options for furniture, art, and objects by your chosen hue.

That said, a little guidance can help. So to break down the monochrome look, we turned to our expert designers. Here, they share their best tips for making monochrome rooms work in any home.

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Consider The Mood You Want

A monochrome living room in grey will obviously feel very different than one in yellow. But before you even pick a color, consider the function of the room and the atmosphere you want inside. A living room in all-black tones with chic furnishings might feel sleek and glamorous; meanwhile doing the same in an office might feel more dark and dramatic.

Color psychology tells us that certain hues can affect our moods. Keep that in mind as you select your color. Want a calming space? Go light blue, grey, or even soft green. Prefer something more vibrant? Explore more saturated hues.

Nervous About Color? Start Subtle

Again, how bold you want your palette to be is totally up to you. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can paint the walls and go head-to-toe blue, green, red, or any bright color. Or if you want to try out monochrome in a subtle way, keep to black and white tones and all the shades of grays in between.

Of course, you can go either subtle (white and gray tones) or graphic (sharp black and white) with this high-contrast approach. Both will result in a cool, modern space that’s chic and soothing. Better yet, you can easily layer in some color if you want and swap out accents later on if you decide to move on from monochrome.

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Play With Tones and Textures

The most captivating way to do monochrome is to mix together different shades within a color family. It helps to add dimension to your space. Think cobalt blue with denim and cerulean. It’s also a great way to create visual texture and keeps a space from feeling flat. To add even more depth and texture to a space, layer in different materials and textures, such as gold notes, shiny velvet, and washed textiles in the same hue.

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Don’t Forget Neutrals

Incorporating neutral pieces in wood, metal, and natural materials will keep your monochrome room from feeling one note. Try bringing natural wood tables, metal bookshelves, brass accents, and stone elements. These organic and lustrous touches will help create contrast and enhance the overall color scheme.

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How to Make Neutral Spaces More Exciting

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While neutral spaces can feel simple and beautiful, they also run the risk of feeling bare without the right accents. Here, we show you 5 color palettes that always work to spice up a neutral space—and how to incorporate them into your own home.

1. Natural Tones

If you’re looking to switch up your neutral space with a color scheme that’s easy on the eyes, consider this light, earthy palette that brings together hues often found in natural materials.

The key is to keep with softer natural tones; instead of dark slate and walnut, opt for pebble gray and blond wood. Try looking for a natural-fiber rug in a light basket color to give yourself one large anchoring piece. It will make for an easy point of color reference for choosing other accents. The result is a pared-down vibe that’s simple and soothing.

Where to Start:

Think different light wood tones with natural fibers, wheat and straw with sandy browns, cowhides with stone and gravel.


2. Blue & Gold

For a versatile color that’s not a neutral, blue is your next best bet—every shade of it. Consider pairing blue and gold, a metallic, for a stylish and sharp alternative to classic blue and white.

To create a cohesive look with this combination, decide on a statement shade of blue and choose different pieces that help to spread it around in a neutral space—whether it’s a blue pillow, a rug, or an oversize piece of art. The idea is to create different focal points with the color. Then, focus on adding small gold touches, like side tables, picture frames, and floor lamps. A little glimmer can go a long way. The result is a pairing that’s always elegant and modern.

Where to start:

Think indigo with brass, cerulean with golden yellow, baby blue with gold leaf, cobalt with gilding.

3. Warm Tones

Rich rustic colors are a surefire way to spice up your neutral surroundings; they’re guaranteed to add vibrancy to a room. Consider mixing warm reds and oranges into a neutral room for a look that’s bold, vivid, and inviting.

Look to the shades in between red and orange as a way to lock in your color range. Then decide if you want to pull in more reds or oranges into your space. Whichever color you choose, work from one end of the color spectrum, pulling out two to three shades of the color as you move towards the other. In doing so, you’ll create a gradiated palette. Try an upholstered piece in a red or orange you love, then look for two more pieces in different shades. Remember that too many pieces in this warm color family can easily overwhelm your room; too few, and they can feel out of place.

Where to start:

Think apple with cherry, brick with terracotta and fire-engine red; tangerine with apricot, sunset with burnished orange and bronze.

4. Green & White

Green and white is one of the most versatile color combinations—even more so than blue and white. The possibilities for this pairing are endless. And no matter the shade of green you choose to pair with white, this combination always looks chic.

From everyone’s favorite banana leaf print to malachite, green and white is more prevalent in your decor than you think. The key to mixing green and white into a neutral space is to add different patterns in this palette. For instance, try a rug with a leaf design and a pillow with green geometrics and some greenery. The result is a cohesive look that’s also layered.

Where to start:

Think jade with malachite, olive with seafoam, forest green with herb hues like sage, basil, and mint.

5. Jewel Tones

A jewel-tone palette is certain to dial up the glamour in a neutral space. Unlike any other palette, the approach is to go big, so consider adding a few statement pieces in these vivid hues.

When it comes to decorating with jewel tones, think bold solids. Whether it’s artwork in an amethyst purple or a pillow in bright amber, decor and accents in one color will provide the most impact. Jewel tones, like emerald, ruby, and sapphire are heightened primary colors, so they will naturally complement each other when used separately. Try starting with pairs of pillows and art. Another bonus? These colors also work well with metallics, such as gold, silver, and mirrored touches.

Where to start:

Think emerald with amethyst, ruby with amber, sapphire with rose quartz.

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Greenhouse Garden Retreat

You can eat your greenery or you can sit on it. Both have equally curative powers according to Pantone, who named this particularly leafy shade its 2017 color of the year. A symbol of new beginnings, the zesty, yellow-green hue is all about reconnecting, refreshing, rejuvenating, restoring, and pretty much any other “re-word” you can think of.

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But if this tangy green reminds you more of Kermit the Frog than a vegetable garden, you’re not alone. While not eagerly hoping on the greenery bandwagon ourselves, we tried embracing the color for its symbolic, rather than purely aesthetic value.

Amid our current tumultuous social and political climate, Pantone chose greenery as a means to encourage “green” ways of thinking and living. Pantone suggests that the shade can inspire us to reconnect with nature as we disconnect with technology and promote green ways of thinking in respect to such things as design, energy, and even diet for the coming year. Kale yeah!

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At Modsy we know that our environments shape our experiences, so we are taking a stab at incorporating some greenery into our domain. So if you can’t swing a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Airbnb’s Outside In London loft, we invite you to relax and photosynthesize inside our greenhouse garden retreat.

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Wall Seeking Sofa: A Living Room Love Story

One of the greatest challenges people face when designing their space is choosing a color palette. There’s the sofa, the rug, the throw pillows, the wall color – so many variables to account for that it makes the process overwhelming. So if you suffer from decidophobia or just want to give your space an air of design confidence, try on the idea of a monochromatic living space.

Why do we love this look? The matching sofa and wall color combo envelope your space in color and create a sense of luxury. There is a sort of “casual drama” to the look, as the heavy saturation pushes dramatic, while the lack of contrast pulls minimal. Less visual information for the brain to digest, the monochromatic palette promotes pattern and texture from sidekicks to stars.

Browse these 8 perfect pairings below. And if you’re feeling adventurous, see it in your space with Modsy.

Stylist tip: If the idea of a color-drenched interior makes you seasick, try limiting it to just one accent wall behind your sofa.

1. Navy



2. Sage Green




3. Camel Brown




4. Slate Grey



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6. Teal




7. Cerulean



8. Chartreuse  r3189_shot08_f


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The Mood of Monet: Bringing Pastels Indoors

Our big takeaway from this season’s runway collections was color. More subdued than sweet, a palette of moody pastels dominated the 2017 Pre-Fall collections of designers such as Valentino and Bottega Veneta.

A different take on hues usually reserved for baby showers and easter egg baskets, we found these stormier pastels reminiscent of colors employed by French Impressionist, Monet in his Water Lilies oil painting series.



Left: Pre-Fall 2017 Bottega Veneta Collection, photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta. Right: Monet, Water Lily Pond, 1908


Left: Pre-Fall 2017 Valentino, photo by Gerardo Somoza/ Right: Monet, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, 1919


We translated this aesthetic from the runways to a modern living room. Using the same palette enhanced with luxurious materials such as velvet, burl wood, and mother of pearl, this living room captures the same moody vibe as the runway collections.


For those who love a minimal yet chic space, this collection will be plucking at your heart strings. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy.



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Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler


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