Bu David H. Wulff, AIA
I love this time of the year when some apparently knowledgeable people decide (based on who knows what criteria) what the colors are to be for the following year. Each of the paint companies gather together (separately I am sure) in some room and seemingly throw a dart at a board and that determines what the color will be for the next year. Not to be outdone, Pinterest also gets in the picture as well as Pantone. So, what’s in store for next year? It seems that there is more agreement then not from the major color gurus.


Sherwin-Williams has possibly done a pretty good job of selecting colors. Actually, they have not chosen just one color, which is good for all of us, but they have picked a number of combinations. They started with this year’s color “classis blue” and for 2021 they have paired it with a number of other possible colors. This is nice, especially since we all don’t think alike anyway and you can pick and choose which combination you like best.
Here’s some of their choices. Each is paired with Classic Blue:
Mauve, Vermilion red, Medium Grey, Tobacco Brown, Mauve, and Blush. What is interesting is that each color alone doesn’t inspire much, but when combined with the Classic Blue, it really makes a nice combination.
Moving on to Pinterest and their color selection for 2021, we see that they actually agree with Pantone. In case you are not familiar, Pantone is a standardized generic color palette which is used throughout the world. The Pinterest (Pantone) color is Mauve. Again, they have paired this with two other colors: Charcoal Pink, and Blush. As you can see, there’s some similarity to the Sherwin-Williams colors. I especially like the Pinterest colors because they remind me of a North Carolina mountain scene.


So, there you have it. Pick your favorite combination and go boldly forth for the new year. Sometimes all we need is a small change and it can make a huge impact in your house.

DAVID H. WULFF, Architect Emeritus, lives in Lake Lure.