We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse look has had its moment. Gone are the days of shiplap and chevron—and now, TikTok is banishing gray floors, cabinets and walls to the land of outdated trends. Instead, we’re seeing color trends skew toward warm, earthy tones and mood-boosting hues that make us feel at ease (psst: Cozy-comfort seems to be the ultimate design trend for fall 2021). Here, find everything you need to know about gray’s exit from the design scene (plus 16 trendy colors to bring into your home instead).


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Joa Studholme, a color curator for Farrow & Ball, attributes the “huge wave away from gray” as a response to the pandemic, where we feel a collective urge to soothe our “work-from-home, shelter-in-place, when-will-this-be-over [mentalities],” according to the New York Times. Studholme explains: “there’s nothing about gray that evokes wellness,” and that 2021 is “all about being warm and earthy and choosing deeply saturated colors… it’s about trying something that gives you a great big hug.”

Designer Lindsey Putzier of Eclectic Interiors agrees, who tells Melissa Rudy of HomeLight.com that “[homeowners are] tired of being stuck in a white and gray wasteland for the past year,” and that “especially in cloudier states, it’s depressing when the only color you see, both inside and outside, is gray.” As a result, her clients are requesting colorful interiors filled with warmer tones of greige and light beige.

So which colors should you use instead? Warm, earthy neutrals, soothing aquas and teals and bold, hopeful tones. “When the world experiences events that cause unrest, anxiety and grief, we tend to naturally gravitate toward compassionate colors that allow us to create a personal retreat from the world,” explained Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. “These comfort colors are similar to comfort foods—both offering a certain sense of familiarity and normalcy when facing the unknown.”

Below, find 16 of our favorite paint colors to try in 2021 (because life’s too short to settle for dull grays).

WARM, EARTHY NEUTRALS

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Sherwin Williams

1. Reddened Earth SW 6053

BUY IT ($63/gallon)

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Farrow & Ball

2. California Collection: Salt No.CC5

BUY IT ($110/gallon)

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Sherwin Williams

3. Rosemary ​​SW 6187

BUY IT ($68/GALLON)

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Benjamin Moore

4. Foggy Morning 2106-70

BUY IT ($84/GALLON)

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Farrow & Ball

5. Tanner's Brown No.255

BUY IT ($110/gallon)

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Benjamin Moore

6. Garrison Red HC-66

BUY IT ($84/ gallon)

SOOTHING AQUAS AND TEALS

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Benjamin Moore

7. Aegean Teal 2136-40

BUY IT ($84/gallon)

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Sherwin Williams

8. Jubilee SW 6248

BUY IT ($70/gallon)

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Farrow & Ball

9. De Nimes No.299

BUY IT ($110/gallon)

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Behr

10. Dayflower MQ3-54

BUY IT ($46/gallon)

BOLD, HOPEFUL COLORS

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VINTAGE REVIVALS/SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

11. Urbane Bronze SW 7048

BUY IT ($55/gallon)

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Farrow & Ball

12. California Collection: Citrona No.CC3

BUY IT ($110/gallon)

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Sherwin Williams

13. Commodore SW 6524

BUY IT ($55/gallon)

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Farrow & Ball

14. Lake Red No.W92

BUY IT ($110/gallon)

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Farrow & Ball

15. Brinjal No.222

BUY IT ($110/gallon)

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Benjamin Moore

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