A lick of paint is a great way to change the atmosphere of a room and, with many of us having more free time, this is the perfect moment to get creative.
To inspire you, experts at Homehow.co.uk (opens in new tab) had a look at Instagram trends in order to find out what are the most popular paint colors of 2021. The data was gathered by looking at the number of hashtags posted on Instagram for different shade colors, by different brands.
What is the most Instagrammed paint color of 2021?
The research has revealed that the most popular paint colors contain shades of grey, green and blue. In fact, the most popular paint shade of all on Instagram is Paris Grey by Zoffany, with almost 24,000 hashtags. You can get this neutral color in three finishes: elite emulsion, acrylic eggshell and oil eggshell.
An expert in the industry, Alex Willcocks, the Director of Burbeck Interiors (opens in new tab), who had this to say about each color:
1. PARIS GREY – ZOFFANY
Paris Grey is a soft gentle color, inspired by the elegant chateaux or old Swedish manors. It’s popular due to its versatility and simplicity. It is easy to accessorise and works well in all rooms.
2. GREEN SMOKE – FARROW & BALL
This color is popular for country homes and exteriors. It adds a subtle pop of color, and works particularly well in kitchens, or bathrooms. It’s usually chosen as it works for all seasons, and rarely needs updating.
3. FRENCH GREY – LITTLE GREENE
This color provides both green and grey hues, which looks great when well-lit. The color is popular because it brings a room to life. It’s soothing, so works well in grey living room ideas, bedrooms, and guest rooms. It’s also a great exterior color, or for garden furniture.
4. BANCHA – FARROW & BALL
Bancha is great for a statement wall and is popular in rooms that are well-lit, or window heavy. It’s a strong color and creates a Zen-like atmosphere in a room. Browns, pinks, and creams are natural complements, and it works well with a minimalist style.
5. JITNEY – FARROW & BALL
This earthy brown works well for high walls, or in homes by the sea. The color gives off relaxing vibes and creates a more traditional feel. I would recommend using bold and stylish furniture to lift the color and bring it to life.
6. SULKING ROOM PINK – FARROW & BALL
This is soft and warm, without being overpowering. It works best with creams, and greys, as well as overly bold and bright colors, which makes it even more appealing.
7. HALE NAVY – BENJAMIN MOORE
Hale Navy is the perfect color for kitchens and dining rooms. Whether it’s for a statement wall, or cupboard doors, this hue breathes a lot of energy into the space and is incredibly stylish. It also works well for exteriors, and front doors, or smaller porch areas. The color is strong and gives off a feeling of power and strength.
8. DENIM DRIFT – DULUX
Denim Drift has been a popular color for many years, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere. It’s popular because it is incredibly versatile and can be styled and accessorised in many ways. It’s a fun color and can be utilised in any room to add personality.
9. SPICED HONEY – DULUX
This is a relaxing color, ideal for bedrooms, meditation rooms, or yoga studios. It’s popular because it creates a laid-back luxury. It’s great when paired with undertones to bring it down. It doesn’t work with louder colors that lift. Pair with darker hues of browns, blacks, and oranges.
10. PURBECK STONE – FARROW & BALL
Neutral and natural colors will always be popular. They make you feel safe, you can accessorise them with most colors, and you can use them to inject personality into your home. Homes with neutral colors are also more likely to sell when on the market. It works in any room, any style of home and with any theme.
11. SKIMMING STONE – FARROW & BALL
This color is particularly popular for bathrooms, or bedrooms. It can be dressed up, or down, though brighter colors tend to work best for a modernised look. Match with wooden floors, soft furniture and dramatic wall accessories, such as paintings and large mirrors. It is also popular due to the clean finish it provides.
12. POLISHED PEBBLE – DULUX
Polished pebble is a popular color as it opens space, and makes a room feel bigger and brighter. It’s a good color for staircases, hallways, reception areas and porches, and reflects the light well.
13. SETTING PLASTER – FARROW & BALL
This is a beautiful backdrop color, and is more popular in older, larger houses and rooms. It works well with darker browns, and creams, and light greys for a more modern look. It almost gives a historic feel when added to a room, and makes you feel welcome.
14. DE NIMES – FARROW & BALL
This is elegant, stylish, and instantly uplifts any room. It has a royal feel to it and holds dominion over other shades. It works particularly well against oak wood and natural, rustic elements.
15. CHIC SHADOW - DULUX
One of the most popular shades of grey, as it is bold, yet subtle. It works best when paired with both bright and dark colors, so match yellows with blacks, and blues with dark browns. It also creates a calming emotion and is a grey that works nicely with metallics.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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