Design Inspiration: Instagrammable Paint Colors in 2021

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Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue

Sites like Pinterest have historically been the go-to place inspiration, with the ability to build customized inspo-boards with direct links to the bloggers and products bringing our design dreams to life for designers and clients alike. The emergence of social media has sites like Instagram stepping up to the interior design plate as a place where people can share their lives in real-time inviting the world together in a series of images and cultivating creativity from every angle.

After an introspective year, our home design aesthetics have shifted, Instagram data compiled by indicates that we have all been left feeling a little blue—at least as far as trending paint colors are concerned.

Instagram Post-Worthy Shades of Blue

An overwhelming 46,589 hashtags on Instagram reveal Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue is the ‘It’ shade this year. However, the deep blue-green shade that is topping the charts is not the only shade of blue trending. Stiffkey Blue (also from Farrow & Ball), Little Greene’s French Gray, Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, and Dulux’s Denim Drift are among the top ten most hash tagged trending paint colors filling our Instagram feeds in 2021.

Why So Blue?

Why are homeowners so drawn to hues of blue? Paint brands and design experts across the industry predictions for 2021 gave hints to shades that promote and create a sense of calm and well-being in our homes, especially as we all spend more and more time there. Timeless, clean blues have a sense of nostalgia and a soothing effect in the home despite being cooler hues.

So why Hague Blue? A deep rich blue with green undertones has an overall calming effect while also exuding confidence, and a feeling of being grounded, which after the past year, is no surprise we would all be looking for the calm amidst the storm of events.

Design Inspiration: How to Use Trending Blue Paint

Blue hues are extremely versatile and are being displayed on Instagram in a plethora of inspiring home designs throughout the platform. From kitchen islands and cabinets, to bathroom walls, accent interior doors, fireplace mantles, to furniture popular blues can be used in a wide variety of ways to bring out the beauty of natural materials. These tones can evoke anything from “formal and traditional” to “rich and luxurious”. Hague Blue, although a darker tone, brings lightness to a space. When used in the right way, Hague blue and other rich blue hues, can help to create a focal point or create a calming backdrop for plants carrying on the trend of bringing elements of nature indoors.

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