What Colors Will Be Big in 2011?

The last weeks of the year are often a time of family gatherings, holiday shopping and general merriment. But those in the design industry also know this is also the time many color forecasters analyze what’s happened in the past year to gain some insight on future trends. Mythic Paint, a manufacturer that specializes in a variety of no-VOC offerings, has compiled insider knowledge gleaned from experts and designers to predict the hottest colors of next year. While no one can truly foretell the future, the company’s insights will surely provide inspiration in your projects for months to come.

Coral—Perfectly paired with blues and golds, coral adds warmth to any room, particularly as an unexpected accent in a bathroom. 
Green—This shade’s popularity soared in 2010, and 2011 will be just as kind to the versatile color, which works in just about any room in the house. 
Yellow—Influenced by Mayan culture and folktales, sunstone gold will be one of the many Native American influences on color next year. Yellow adds a nice burst of color to the home but can be too bold for some. A lighter shade may work for the color shy.

Gray—The muted hue will be a go-to color in the coming months because it complements any other color. Gray even goes with gray. 
Blue—With a split personality, blue can trigger feelings of sadness (hence the phrase “feeling blue”), but it’s also the most relaxing color. Icy blue is set to be the dominant shade in 2011.

Red-Cast Blue—Close to a very deep royal purple, this shade has red and blue undertones. Adding a bit of drama to everyday decors, the color is set to shine next year. 


–Jennifer Brite, Kitchen & Bath Business


  1. Benjamin Moore has "Vintage Wine" as the 2011 color. We still await Pantone 2011 color of the year. Your selections seem very safe and bland.