2021 Colour Trends: Earthy Tones

Written on 28th January 2021

Walls: Jitney No.293 in Estate Emulsion; Woodwork: Green Smoke No.47 in Estate Eggshell


As we continue to spend more time than usual indoors, many of us are craving a greater connection with nature – not just when we’re lucky enough to get out and about in it, but when we come home again.

A brilliant way to embrace the calming properties of nature in your home is through colour, whether that’s natural greens, clean blues, or – as we’re exploring this week – earth tones.

“The palette of colours we want to use in the home has expanded,” says Joa Studholme. “We’re looking to introduce warmer tones, which add personality and elegance while still feeling comfortable.”

This year, subtle, brown-based tones like Jitney and Dead Salmon are our go-to neutrals, offering laid-back alternatives to white and grey. “Jitney is the perfect base colour to build on,” says Joa, “particularly in a kitchen, where you can layer other earth colours on top with units and islands.”

For those seeking more intense colour, Joa suggests the beautifully bold India Yellow. Its deep ochre shade is strong and moody, but still with an earthy undertone to keep things feeling grounded. “It has a mix of aged ease and modern strength,” says Joa “the perfect colour for 2021!”


Complementary colours

Pair your earthy tones with one or more of these hand-picked complementary shades.

Get the look

Here are a few of our favourite looks using a selection of our grounding earth tones.

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