11 Spring  & Summer Color Trends for 2021 - Pier 1

11 Spring & Summer Color Trends for 2021

Looking for the hottest colors of the year? With the season of sun right around the corner, we’re sharing our predictions for the hues you’ll be seeing everywhere this summer -- and even the latest patterns we have our eye on. Take a ride through the rainbow of summer color trends, then get inspired by our top picks so you can get the latest looks in your home.  

Yellow + Gray

Ever since Pantone rolled out TWO colors of the year for 2021, the yellow/gray combo has been a decorating darling. And for good reason. Many of us already have lots of gray in our homes, so incorporating the dynamic duo into our look just means adding pretty pops of yellow. Besides, what’s not to love about splashing our homes with hues of optimism with a sunshiny accent chair, pillow, or throw? 

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In celebration of the hot and sunny season, out comes the color most closely associated with joy, freedom, and a spirited boho vibe: orange! Not only is orange just a cheery color to look at, but surrounding ourselves with this happy hue can help us stay motivated and have a positive outlook on life. 

Adding pops of orange into your look may be easier than you think. Harvest oranges are a mainstay of the mid-century look that gets its groovy vibe from the 50s, 60s, and a touch of the 70s. Orange also lends itself well to Southwestern and boho styles, as you’ll see earthier oranges and terra cottas featured in tribal patterns on rugs, pillows, and throws. But really, because orange can be found in everything from modern checkerboard prints to cottagecore chintzes, there’s room for it in every style. 

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Petal Pink

Ever since Millennial Pink broke out onto the scene several years ago, we’ve been obsessed with blushy-nude tones. This spring and summer, the latest shade of pink leans lighter and rosier -- and we’re loving it! It makes us think of blooming peonies and cherry blossoms in the spring. This delicate pink is right at home in everything from glam to modern farmhouse decor. It is also a staple in the cottagecore look -- that cozy cottagey aesthetic that’s heavy on countryside charm with lots of pretty pink florals. 

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Sage Green

Another hue swiped from the cottagecore palette is warm sage green. This cozy, earthy tone is springing up in everything from wedding decor and floral arrangements to wall coverings. In fact, “sage green wallpaper” is one of the top spring summer 2021 color trends on Pinterest. 

If you’re also in love with this trending look for your walls, stick-and-peel wallpaper is super easy to install and remove, so you can try it in lots of fun places around your house. Add a fresh sprig of sage to your closets, the backs of your shelves, on your stair risers, or even your powder room ceiling. 

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Classic Blue was Patone’s color of 2020, and everyone loved it so much that blue and indigo are still some of the top trending summer colors for 2021. Not to be confused with the calming blue hues, which we’ll get to later, indigo is decidedly more vibrant. This popular inky color trend is popping up on patterned pillows, throws, and other fabrics inspired by beautiful African hand-dyed indigo textiles. 

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Earth Tones

Given all the time we’re spending at home, it’s no surprise that making all our rooms feel as comfortable as possible has been a priority. And this trend is expected to carry us through the rest of the summer. 

Grounding our look this season are color trends found in nature like warm olive greens, mustardy yellows, and rich terra cottas. And it’s not just color cues we’re taking from the earth. Organic textures like wicker, rattan, and rope are also contributing to the cozy factor. While this warm color palette heats up even more when it’s layered upon itself, we’re also loving neutral taupey beige as an earthy foundation for delicate pinks and inky blues -- also trending this right now. 

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Oceanic Hues

There’s nothing more calming than a beachfront getaway. Which is probably why seaside hues are ruling the summer color trends 2021 palettes this year. As the perfect combo of blue and green, teal is the frontrunner for the season. But, really, any watery hue that keeps us calm is a winning color for home decor this summer. 

If you love the colors of the coast, give your outdoor dining room a dash of zen by working these calming hues into your summer dining table. 

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Jewel Tones

Rich saturated hues inspired by precious stones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and amethyst are hot as can be for designing luxe spaces with upbeat energy. 2021 color trends are as much about comfort as they are about creating spaces that stimulate our senses. And the jewel tone trend hits all the marks. Not only are we infusing our homes in opulent jewel-toned hues, we’re doing it with luxurious velvets, tufting, faux furs, gleaming metals, and marble accents. 

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Pastels have been on our minds for quite some time now in the form of hair color, nail polish, macarons, you name it. And as always, art imitates life. The spring summer 2021 color trends are showing pretty pastels everywhere with soft yellows, minty greens, light blues, and lovely lilacs. Pastels pair well with earthy tones like taupes and mustards, even punched-up with accents in jewel-toned greens and blues. When layered with other soft tones, an all-pastel room feels sophisticated, subdued, and inviting.  

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Botanical Green

Fresh green florals and plants are having more than a moment right now, so we thought it only fair that they get included in the spring summer 2021 color trends list. As we style our homes with furniture and summer decor that gives a bow to nature through organic textures and materials, we’re also flocking to plants, plants, and more plants. We’re loving greenery in pots and planters both indoors and out, in patterns on our pillows and wallpaper, and on our summer tablescapes. 

Give your summer dining an al fresco flair, whether you’re in the open air or inside your home, with dinnerware and table linens that bring a bounty of botanicals to your table. 

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Primary Colors

Primary colors red, blue, and yellow certainly had their heyday during the height of Memphis design in the 80s, but they’re not coming back in quite the same way. This time, they’re being used sparingly and subtly. Accessories are a great way to work primary colors into your style in a fresh new way. When styled with crisp whites and clean, modern lines, there’s no denying the “primary” namesake of these bold, impactful hues.  

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Shop Spring and Summer Color Trends -- 2021

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