Colour Trends for 2021

Colour Trends for 2021

A new year brings new trends. In fact, in fashion simply a new season can be the start of a new look or vibe. Interiors often mirror what is happening in the fashion industry, especially from a colour perspective. So chances are, if people are suddenly wearing a particular colour, it will start to filter through and make an appearance in our homes.

So what colours are on trend for upholstery for 2021?

Warm Earthy Tones

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We are seeing the revival of terracotta (being slyly renamed as ‘rust’). There was a time when Terracotta couldn’t be found in the swatch books for love nor money, but it’s now making a glorious comeback. This time around terracotta/rust is being paired with a navy/marine blue for a bang on trend look. When Dulux announced their ‘Colour of the Year’ they chose ‘Brave Ground’ which is an earthy, warm, neutral and grounding tone. This is complemented perfectly navy blue, grey and coral.

Dark Blue

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Dark blue has become the new black and is even giving grey a good run for its money. As I said before, combined with a coral or terracotta is very much ‘the look’ but it’s also being used with bright orange, hot pink, whites and neutrals. We have made and reupholstered many, many pieces in dark inky blues these past months and they just look fantastic.


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Every year designers wait with bated breath to see what Pantone will announce as their ‘Colour of the Year’. This year it is a sunny yellow paired with grey. Yellow is becoming a popular choice on accent chairs and sofas and we think it will be around for a while to come. It can add a real pop to a neutral scheme or ramp up the vibrancy in a maximalist colour palette.


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Last year saw teal as the main colour for sofas and chairs. This year we have moved to a more forest and lush green. We have also seen the resurgence of peppermint green. Green works beautifully with neutrals and its on trend companion is blush pink or peach. It’s a perfect colour for upholstery and hides all the marks caused by busy family life.

Blush Pink

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Blush is still on trend this year but it’s also taking on a peachier tone. For a soft neutral scheme it should be paired with cappuccino and brown tones. For a more modern scheme it can be mixed with blues, dark greens and minty greens. Blush pink velvet is calm, warm, cosy and welcoming; the perfect colour for a big snuggly armchair!

What is fashionable one week can change in an instant, so for the latest in interior design trends give us a follow on Instagram (@idupholstery). If you would like advice on colour palettes or you have any interior design questions we would love for you to get in touch by emailing us at