As 2020 has seen us all spending more time in our homes, there has been a huge growth of interest in decorating and re-imagining how we want our living, and now working, environments to look and feel. To help us make the most of our spaces, Clariant’s latest ‘New Freedom’ Decorative Colour Trends 2021, is full of creative colours to capture our imaginations.
At a time when we are all adjusting to the new normal they give us the freedom to discover what is important: the freedom to do something creative for ourselves and our loved ones, and; the freedom to focus on making our homes cozy environments in which we feel happy and at ease.
Global colour institutions, interior designers and Clariant’s operating customers who have their fingers on the design pulse provided inspiration for the palette of 13 different trendsetting tones.
2021’s colours are also creating spaces that have more than a positive emotional impact. They have all been formulated with Clariant’s Hostatint 500 range, multi-purpose pigment preparations with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and no APEO (alkylphenol ethoxylates).They are binder-free, and deliver technical design freedom in water and solvent-based modern decorative paints.
“It’s well known that colours can reflect and influence our emotions and well-being, so we have chosen bright warm and neutral colour shades in our latest collection to help create spaces that have a positive impact,” said Franziska Hammerl, Segment Head Decorative and Wood Coatings, Global Technical Marketing Coatings at Clariant. “One stunning 2021 colour, for example, is Meraki, Greek for an outburst of dedication, an intense red. Another is Ubuntu, a Nguni Bantu term meaning ‘humanity’. It’s a warm, intense yellow that reflects a bond of sharing, connecting all of humanity, and seems particularly relevant today.”
These bold shades are ideal for colour blocking – an interior design trend here to stay. It may have started on the fashion catwalks but the pairing of different solid colours and textures, to boldly segment space in our homes, continues to be a much used decorating tactic.
Clariant has also nominated a colour of the year included in the “New Freedom” Decorative Colour Trend palette. Wabi-Sabi gray, with soft violet undertones, is inspired by Japanese aesthetics and the concept of appreciating the beauty found in the imperfections of nature. It is an imperfect gray that can be combined perfectly with any other colour.