HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams' 2021 Color Palette Dares to Delight Us All

One revitalizing hue at a time, HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams’ 2021 collection Delightfully Daring evokes the comfort we’ve been craving — starting with its crowned jewel and Color of Year, Passionate.

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Delightfully Daring

Enter Delightfully Daring: HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams’ rich, yet airy 2021 color collection. The 10-toned, nature-inspired palette evokes the comfort we've all been craving — starting with its cornerstone and HGTV Home’s Color of Year, Passionate (think a glass of Merlot backlit by the coziest lamp in your home). Loaded with deep jewel tones as well as lighter hues, Delightfully Daring boasts a color story both minimalists and maximalists can appreciate. In fact, we may find Scandinavian-lovers adding Pale Apricot to their mood boards while grand-millennials spiral down inspiration-induced Pinterest rabbit holes. Even Bohemian gurus will thrive amidst all the earthy, Southwestern-inspired hues. There's a color-combo for everyone.

The full breakdown — and how to incorporate these hues in your home — lies ahead.

Dark Bronzetone

A warmer, more familiar alternative to plain black, we'll dub Dark Bronzetone as the metallic trophy of the palette. We want fresh comfort in 2021, and this deep brown is bringing winning energy.

How You Can Use It

“Bold, dark walls are having a moment,” says Maryn Liles, senior editor, HGTV Magazine. “They can add elegance and drama to a dining room or make a small powder room pop. And this shade has slightly bronze-y tones, which is a fresh (and more approachable!) take on plain black. To make it work in your home, pair Dark Bronzetone walls with a stand-out metallic light fixture. It'll add some brightness and create a focal point where your eyes can rest.”

Diamond Weave

Bright-eyed Diamond Weave — with its oatmealy essence — pays homage to one of the biggest of-the-moment trends in home design: cane furniture (a.k.a this special neutral rocks).

How You Can Use It

“This tone is totally vintage, and that’s why I love it,” says Kathleen Knowles, editorial assistant, HGTV Magazine. “I’d use it to brighten up a bathroom. It’s the perfect neutral backdrop for a fun shower curtain.”

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Bohemian Lace

True neutrals create a foundation for color palettes, and Bohemian Lace is no exception. This dreamy shade works with every single Delightfully Daring hue. And are those pale pink undertones we see?

How You Can Use It

“This entire collection could work in a traditional space as well,” says Jackie McGilvray, editor, “Peach tones like the Pale Apricot are becoming very popular; used with Diamond Weave, Bohemian Lace and just a touch of Dark Bronzetone can create a soft, very Zen environment.”

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2021 Color of the Year: Passionate

Elegant and rich, we’re getting rustic-red-wine vibes from Passionate. As the cornerstone of the collection, Passionate is meant to invigorate our senses (as a glass of red wine can), but also, center us emotionally. Its cozy comfort comes from subtle familiarity: natural, layered and vintage influences.

How You Can Use It

“Passionate is a bold hue, but it can go either way,” says Felicia Feaster, managing editor for “It can lend itself to a minimalist room where furnishings play second fiddle to this distinctive, attention-grabbing wall color. But it’s warm and cozy enough to be used in a busier, more maximalist den or home office filled with bookshelves to achieve a comforting look for a functional space.”

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Long Horizon

The deepest blue in the collection, Long Horizon boasts major healing powers. We want some time away from our digital lives and this dramatic neutral is meant to bring the restorative vitality.

How You Can Use It

“Serene and calming, Long Horizon is a pitch-perfect shade of blue that works as a neutral,” says Camille Smith, managing editor, “You can just as easily pair it with earthy warm tones (like Diamond Weave and Pale Apricot) as you could match it up to cool colors (like Breezy Aqua or even the stunning Cloverfields). Similarly, this happy hue would also work with any design style — from mid-mod to timelessly trad.”

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Pale Apricot

Orange is slowly creeping back into home design, but we’re not saying goodbye to blush just yet. Pale Apricot — with all its delicious Creamsicle feels — blends pinkish tones with fresh shades of light orange.

How You Can Use It

“HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams listened when we said, ‘No more greige!’ I’m thrilled to see warm neutrals like Diamond Weave and Pale Apricot return,” says Chelsea Faulkner, editor, “I painted my whole house a light buttery shade last year and haven’t looked back.”

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September Skies

Its name rings true: Lively stunner September Skies will breathe fresh air into any space. Energy evoking, it’s the most eye-catching of the three blue hues in the palette.

How You Can Use It

“The earthy desert shades of Copper Kettle, Diamond Weave and Passionate mixed with the teal tones of September Skies are perfect for creating a Southwest or boho vibe in any space,” says Jackie McGilvray.

Breezy Aqua

Breezy Aqua, with its cheery and light tones, is the happy baby of Delightfully Daring. It’s a bright, complementary companion to deeper, moodier hues in the palette.

How You Can Use It

“There’s a special softness to Breezy Aqua,” says Lizzie Simon, Assistant Visual Editor, HGTV Magazine. “This shade would be great on an accent piece of furniture like a chair or table — it’ll add an extra pop of color!”

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Vibrant Cloverfields weaves soothing, natural tones into the collection and speaks to the mood-boosting quality of the entire palette. We’re channeling nature (and all its soothing qualities) with this one.

How You Can Use It

Green evokes a calming, healing power when used in home design, and Cloverfields has the potential to transform your space’s vitality. I’d paint all my kitchen cabinets with this color for an earthy, relaxing cook space and then I’d glam it up with sleek marble countertops and vintage gold accents. If you don’t want to douse your space in Cloverfields, try pinstriped hunter pillows on a navy couch.

Copper Kettle

Finally, the flashy shine we’ve been waiting for. Warm wooden tones and vintage gold touches blend together to create inviting Copper Kettle.

How You Can Use It

“Lately I’ve been obsessed with the moody Victorian look that incorporates dark walls, plush velvets and strong wood tones mixed with gold accents,” says Jackie McGilvray. “It’s just so wonderfully high-style yet laissez-faire. The saturated tones of Long Horizon, Dark Bronzetone and Copper Kettle are perfect for this hippie-meets-diva style.”