There are many reasons I can’t get enough of romantic comedies. The optimistic, albeit often naive, depiction of love, the hilariously-convoluted (but satisfyingly predictable) plots and narratives, and, if Nancy Meyers is directing, the stunning interiors that beautifully balance contemporary and comfortable design. And perhaps it’s a result of the many upbeat montages, but this film genre provides a sense of hope that, while it may seem far too innocent, overnight transformation somehow feels within the realm of possibility. What else makes such a sudden and swift shift of things happen so quickly with ease? Refreshing your space with a few new coats of paint, of course. There’s never a better time to do that than when the season changes and you’re ready to welcome a whole lot of cozy into your home. To help you out, I spoke with a few interior design experts to get the low-down on the winter paint color trends you need to know in 2021.

But I’ll continue to wax poetic for a moment about the transformative magic found in paint: Just as a little spring cleaning can help you reconnect with your home, intentionally committing to a new paint color can breathe a little life into spaces that may have begun to feel stale or static. Transitioning from a neutral palette to something a bit more maximalist can bring forth a new perspective and instill entirely different energy in the room. And while we’re all about timeless aesthetics (some things just work!) it’s always exciting, fascinating, and fun to dive into what’s trending within the world of interior paint colors. 

So, if you’re in need of a fresh start not only for your home or apartment but for yourself as well, consider one of the colors below when you’re mapping out your makeover. I tapped Brittany Farinas, Kate Lester, Sarah Stacey, Nicole Fisher, Claire Zinnecker, Shannon Eddings, and Stefani Stein for their expert insight and thoughts on what colors we’ll be seeing more of this winter. Get ready to be inspired, energized, and perhaps even a bit surprised by a new-to-you color you might end up using all throughout your space.

feature image by Teal Thomsen

Did any of these winter paint color trends surprise you? Which one would you try? Sound out below.

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