Benjamin Moore's 2021 Color of the Year is inspired by reflection and we're obsessed

Expect to start seeing the blue-green Aegean Teal everywhere. Plus, check out our decor picks in the hue.

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Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year sets the tone for upcoming interior design trends, and you're about to start seeing this color everywhere—if you haven't already. 

The 2021 hue,  Aegean Teal 2136-40, is a color steeped in comfort and versatility. The blue-green shade feels especially timely knowing that it was designed with the intention to inspire us to reflect and reset. 

“As we spend more time at home, it’s important to create a space that feels warm and welcoming," said Helen Shaw of Benjamin Moore. "This year's Color of the Year is a balanced and soothing hue, softened with a touch of grey to create spaces with casual elegance." 

Given the tumultuous times of 2020,  this shade feels calming, yet upbeat. We could certainly imagine the teal splashed across cabinets, making a statement as a sofa, or creating a tranquil bedroom or bath space. 

“Aegean Teal 2136-40 expresses a welcoming, lived-in quality that celebrates the connections and real moments that take place," said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore's director of color.

While 2021's color feels like an unexpected departure after an infusion of desert tones have seemed to overtake design, the Aegean Teal bridges the gap between warm and cool tones. And, it easily pairs with the 11 other shades of the Color Trends 2021 palette, that Benjamin Moore described as sunbaked, approachable, and livable, and seem to be right in line with the colors we've been seeing across retail. 

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"The earthy tones and rich neutrals radiate wellbeing and emotion, our homes are a space of flexibility and multifunctionality, and this palette correlates to that," Shaw further explained. The 12 colours have an organic synergy... and make your home feel even more like home, so settle in and connect.”

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Shop decor inspired by Aegean Teal....

Alice Tacheny Concrete Slab Tray| $100 at Anthropologie

A cement tray in an unexpected blue hue nail the earthy look. Accentuate your favorite pieces on this round tray and place on a coffee table or console to show it off. 

Lola Headboard in Laguna Linen | $475 for Queen at One Kings Lane

Infuse some color into your bedroom with this upholstered headboard that's the shade of sea. It suits both modern and traditional styles and is sure to make the bed the focal point of your room. 


Ombre Rainbow Area Rug | $149 at World Market

This muted ombre rainbow rug seems to pull directly from all the colors of Benjamin Moore's Color Trends Palette. At 5'x8', it'll make an immediate impact in your living room, bedroom, or dining room. 

Ugg Whistler Throw Blanket in Slate | $98 at Nordstrom

Cozy up to teal with this super plush throw blanket from Ugg in an icy blue-green tone. Sling it over your sofa or bed so it's always within reach when there's a chill in the air. 

Hand-Dipped Taper Candles in Duck Egg | $12 at Anthropologie

Add a pop of blue to your decor with this taper candles set from Anthro. They're almost too pretty to light. But, if you do, reviewers note that the candles are coated in colored wax and white on the inside, yet they burn evenly.