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4 Colour Palette Trends Yet to Emerge in 2021

As we approach the halfway point of 2021, we are beginning to see design trends evolve and this includes the popular colours for interior design. 

Neutrals, earth tones and greige seem here to stay – but emerging colour schemes are taking these colours and pairing them with a range of complementary and contrasting tones. The end result is an exciting new set of colour palettes to explore and introduce into your Sydney kitchen renovation or home design project. 

Guided by the NCS Colour trends for this year, here are the colour palettes for home interiors we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the coming months. 


1. Soft pastels 

While we’ve embraced muted neutrals and colours like greige in 2021, we’re yet to fully commit to a pastel colour scheme. 

Colours like lilac, salmon pink, light teal and natural beige work hand in hand with an accent colour like navy. 

A feature wall in any of the above colours paints a striking contrast to materials and decor in the complementary shades. Textures like linen in a natural tone also work well with this colour scheme. These shades play better for living zones like family rooms or bedrooms over functional spaces like kitchens or laundries, but this palette can certainly be pulled off in these zones if you want a splash of colour.


2. Bold naturals 

If you’re a fan of brights, then you will love this colour palette that takes its cues from the natural world. Where natural earthy tones have reigned supreme so far this year, prepare to brighten things up with bolder colours like yellow and true red. 

These shades form a perfect palette for a Sydney kitchen renovation when paired with more pared-back colours that might already be in your home. Sage and forest greens, peach pink and warm cream round out this palette, with the neutrals providing a balance to the brighter shades. 

Start small by introducing an accent piece to your decor, such as introducing brighter towels or cushions. 


3. Dark naturals

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’ve been wanting to embrace a darker palette for your interior design then you may find yourself gravitating towards darker natural hues. 

Bookended by tones of the ocean – deep, rich blues and greens; and the earth – warm purpley-browns and dusty lilacs – the twist to this natural palette is the inclusion of a sorbet pistachio green as a point of interest. 

A dynamic palette with moments of light and shade is key to any space, and this pistachio shade is key to bringing all the other colours together. 

To implement this colour scheme in your home, ground your room design with a rich navy blue feature wall, and complement with warm toned cabinetry in a dark plum brown. This could be in the form of an island bench as part of your Sydney kitchen renovation; a feature vanity in the bathroom; or built-in open shelving around the bed or television. 

Bring in the other colours through decor and furniture – this palette will work best in larger rooms or open-plan zones, as the darker palette can overwhelm smaller spaces.


4. Desert tones 

Lastly, we’re likely to see a move towards the next phase of the earthy palette. The rich reds and bold browns will mellow out for a more soothing and tranquil colour scheme.

Peach browns with blush undertones are offset by cooler tones of the same colour, with the resulting palette still welcoming and warm while being more subtle than its current counterpart. There’s still a spectrum of lights and darks, but no colour is too extreme on either end.

Textures are the perfect way to add depth and interest to this palette, whether it be through rattan furniture, timber joinery, neutral knitted blankets and bedding, or even leather. 

The sand and stone tones of this colour scheme also make this a great choice for outdoor entertaining areas. 

Need help selecting a colour palette for your home? Book a consultation with one of our experts to discuss how to transform your home design with colour and custom joinery.

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