These Paint Colours Are Designed To Be Relaxing

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We’ve reached September already and people are starting to talk about 2021 trends (can you blame them for waiting 2020 to be over already?). Getting us primed for looking to the future, PPG recently announced not just a color of the year, but an entire palette. Called “Be Well,” the three hues consist of soothing, comforting neutrals (Transcend and Big Cypress) and a pop of freshness (Misty Aqua).

The POTY is made for embracing mindfulness and intention, and we thank PPG for giving us an emphasis on compassion and optimism (something we could all use). Transcend, a grounding, mid-tone oatmeal colour, gives us an earthy sensation; Big Cypress, a ginger-persimmon hue, has that soothing autumnal vibe; and Misty Aqua, a cool cerulean blue, is like jumping into a refreshing pool. Sand, sun, water, hugs…. The palette is here for our mental wellness.

So how should you use the colour palette? The PPG experts say the colors pair well with “greenery, blonde or natural brown-toned woods, and layers of texture in the form of rattan, linen, velvet, and woven textiles like pillows, blankets, and rugs.” Comfort all around.

You can upload an image of a room and try out all the colors virtually. Photo: Courtesy of PPG

“When the world experiences events that cause unrest, anxiety, and grief, we tend to naturally gravitate toward compassionate colours that allow us to create a personal retreat from the world,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager, architectural and industrial coatings.

Plus, if you’re feeling like you don’t need that kind of comfortable palette, the PPG colour experts gave us two additional colour stories for 2021, both anchored with the calming Transcend. “Be True” includes jewel tones (Enchanting Eggplant, a rich maroon, and Gargoyle, a glass-bottle green) and “Be Wild” is made for mood boosting with playful hues (French Lilac, a nice periwinkle, and Mediterranean Blue, a marine aqua-blue).


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