Rhythm of Color: Balance in Design for 2021

Journey from the past into the future with Sherwin-Williams’ Colormix® Forecast

Sherwin-Williams recently announced its annual Colormix® Forecast. The forecast is designed to bring the pulse of color to any space: Sanctuary, Encounter, Continuum and Tapestry.

The Global Forecast Team of color professionals at Sherwin-Williams spent time researching color, design, and pop culture trends across the globe. They held a workshop to discuss and debate their research, leading to the final forecast of bright and bold blues, muddy greens, muted reds, bright pinks and warm whites.

Colormix Forecast 2021 Collections


Rooted in the idea of nature, Sanctuary focuses on the connection that the natural world has to nurture wellness and calm. This palette is influenced by biophilia, nesting and Scandinavian design.


Defined by heirlooms and the stories behind them, the Encounter palette is complete with special meaning and rich texture. Hyperlocal connection and storytelling, a modern bohemian aesthetic and natural materials complement the earthy tones. These colors take visual cues from the past’s humble beginnings, speak to the present and guide the path forward.


The Continuum palette tells the story of smart living and how technology ties into how people live and the desire for it to blend seamlessly into the whites, charcoals and pops of color in everyday environments. The palette takes its cues from the hybrid of synthetic and natural, sea and space, and sculptural modernism and minimalism.


Creative expression is a top influence on the Tapestry palette. The happy and modern hues are meant to signal joy and layer together to tell a story through texture and pattern. Additional influences, such as security, reinvented classics and sensory exploration, can be found in standout, vibrant colors.

Color Exploration and Selection

Explore the Colormix Forecast 2021 with the ColorSnap® Visualizer app, a tool designed to help consumers and professionals make confident and smart paint color selections. Download the app to try out Sherwin-Williams 1,700 hues in your own space in real-time with the app’s Instant Paint augmented reality tool.

All the colors in the Colormix Forecast 2021 are available at Sherwin Williams stores nationwide and are available to order online for pick-up. We also use the full line of Sherwin-Williams paints.

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