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top color expert sums up this year's paint trends

Beige interior/Photography: Inside Weather/'Cleaner' beiges have been trending heavily starting this year, according to color expert Dee Schlotter.

As a year whose tumultuousness rivals that of 2020, these past 12 months have proven that we should all expect the unexpected. But, funnily enough, that maxim doesn't exactly apply to paint trends! Neutrals have led the way for the last year. Paint consultant and former PPG Paints colorist and trend expert Dee Schlotter weighs in with a recap of this year's hues. Stay tuned for her take on next year's colors, on the blog soon!  

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"Beiges and browns were the big story as we shifted away from the cool grays. Grays have been trending since 2008 [during the] recession/housing crisis. Grays are still here but they are warmed up with brown undertones so they are less clinical, less empty. The beiges and browns that are trending are not your 1980s and '90s versions that were very yellow-based. Instead, they are 'cleaner' beiges and browns that have a lighter, more modern look on the wall—all the warmth without the weight."

Also trending this past year, shares Dee, are "well-being[-focused], mindful colors: terracotta and aqua. All the whites became warmer, less clinical as well." 

The popularity of grays, says Dee, has long been waning to a close, but the beige of this year, and, potentially, the next few years to come, hasn't been such a defined decision. "We all knew the gray trend would have to end soon. However, beige took some convincing. It felt right but still a bit dated. That's why choosing that right beige was really important—again, not yellow-based or heavy, saturated beige, but a cleaner beige with a little gray in it."

A living room with gray walls/Photographer: Aaron Leitz/Gray is waning in popularity, but Benjamin Moore's Amherst Gray paint is still a decorator favorite in this stately sitting room by designer Jessica Joers.

Stay tuned to The Edit as next week Dee will share more insights about the colors we can expect to see trending next year. 

a year in review

Still in love with the hues of this year? We are, too! Browse some of the colors Dee says trended most steadily this year. 

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