Keep reading to find out how to use this shade. And learn more about the color wheel – and how to use color in your home in our dedicated guide.

The Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021

Aegean Teal 2136-40 as it is officially known was selected for its ability to add balance and calm to spaces, whether used on cabinetry, walls or woodwork.  Helen Shaw from Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab) says: ‘As we spend more time at home, it’s important to create a space that feels warm and welcoming. This year’s Color of the Year is a balanced and soothing hue, softened with a touch of gray to create spaces with a casual elegance.’  Aegean Teal teams beautifully with neutrals, like warm beiges and soft cream hues, while the gray undertones ensure spaces retain a sophisticated and super smart feel. The amount of natural light it receives will change the color, too, switching from a fresh, cool hue in bright light to a richer, muted blue-toned gray in moodier spaces. Alongside Aegean Teal, the brand has announced its Color Trends for 2021 - must-have hues for every home for this season and beyond.  Together, the twelve colors range from earthy tones to rich neutrals, aim to create a space that promotes relaxation, yet one that still retains a fresh and vibrant atmosphere.  ‘Our homes are a space of flexibility and multifunctionality and this palette correlates to that, ’ continues Helen. ‘On the warmer side of the color wheel, the twelve colors have an organic synergy and are reminiscent of  faded rumpled linen sheets in the morning and perfectly ripened fruits on the windowsill. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home, so settle in and connect.’ The Benjamin Moore Color Trends for 2021 are: Aegean Teal 2136-40 (opens in new tab) - a fresh blue-green hue Atrium White OC-145 (opens in new tab) - a cool, serene off-white Muslin OC-12 (opens in new tab) - a fresh natural linen tone Foggy Morning 2106-70 (opens in new tab) - a pink-toned neutral Rosy Peach 2089-20 (opens in new tab) - a yellow-toned blush color Beacon Hill Damask HC-2 (opens in new tab) - an elegant, stately pale yellow Potters Clay 1221 / CC-360 (opens in new tab) - a rich, orangey terracotta hue Chestertown Buff HC-9 (opens in new tab) - a muted mustard yellow shade Gray Cashmere 2138-60 (opens in new tab) - a blue toned, pale gray hue Kingsport Grey HC-86 (opens in new tab) - a nutty brown-toned gray shade Silhouette AF-655 (opens in new tab) - a rich sultry gray, with red undertones

How to use the Benjamin Moore colors in your home

This season, be inspired to introduce the Benjamin Moore colors 2021 to your scheme

1. Make a great entrance

An easy project and an instant home pick-me-up, painting your front door in a new color like Aegean Teal is the perfect way to ring the decor changes.  Don’t forget to give your hallway walls and woodwork a fresh coat of paint too so that the new door doesn’t upstage the rest of the space.

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2. Add a dramatic backdrop

Silhouette is a super cosy rich brown with deep red undertones, that creates a cosy, matt effect when wrapped around a room on both walls and woodwork. Brighter shades of orange, red, yellow or green pop against a rich background like this, creating an elegant yet vibrant scheme.

3. Bring warmth to a neutral scheme

Warm pink-toned neutrals like Foggy Morning will add a warmth to a pared-back space. Team the look with soft textiles in crisp whites and deep eggplant shades to add a layer of freshness and depth to a simple scheme.

4. Give your hallway a warm welcome

The rich maize hue of Chestertown Buff on a hallway wall provides a warm and sunny welcome to anyone who visits. Teamed with stair balustrades in a deep walnut wood shade and trims in crisp Atrium White, this color combination is a classic win.

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5. Try color in unexpected places