After leaving us blushing in 2020 with First Light, Benjamin Moore has delved into the cooler side of the color wheel with its 2020 Color of the Year: Aegean Teal. The blue-green hue with gentle gray undertones strikes a balance between being both inviting and soothing, two qualities we are increasingly yearning for as we spend more and more time within our homes.

The process, though, for choosing this shade came months before the coronavirus pandemic hit the States and our homes took on a larger role within our lives. Andrea Magno, the director of color marketing and development for Benjamin Moore, explains that her team began the process by thinking about the purpose of the kitchen and how the organic tones within this space often embody a sense of nourishment.

“It was thinking about these small, simple moments that happen within the home and being able to use that for color inspiration,” says Magno. “We felt the colors we were seeing with that organic nature really felt right for 2021.

The captivating mid-tone has the ability to bridge the gap between warm and cool colors while being uplifting on its own.

“Aegean Teal 2136-40 and the corresponding Color Trends 2021 palette express a welcoming, lived-in quality that celebrates the connections and real moments that take place within the home,” says Magno.

Described as having sun-baked qualities, the 12 hues of the Color Trends 2021 palette are: Atrium White OC-145, Muslin OC-12, Foggy Morning 2106-70, Rosy Peach 2089-20, Beacon Hill Damask HC-2, Potters Clay 1221, Chestertown Buff HC-9, Amazon Soil 2115-30, Gray Cashmere 2138-60, Kingsport Gray HC-86, and Silhouette AF-655.