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The wait for PPG’s 2021 Color of the Year is over. Last year, it was the rich, deep blue, Chinese Porcelain. The year before that, the luxurious dark green Night Watch. But in 2021, PPG goes beyond expectations and releases an entire color palette: the “Be Well” Palette of the Year.

In an era where normal isn’t normal any longer, and our mental and physical wellbeing are more important than ever, these optimistic, soothing, and nostalgic colors offer simple comforts to a burned-out world.

“With the world sheltering-in-place for the better half of the year, we have begun to crave human connection and are embracing simple activities, including walking, hiking, baking, and gardening,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural and industrial coatings. “This organic but hopeful palette represents what we have been longing for after decades of over-stimulation and over-consumption – simplicity and restfulness.”


01. Be True: Anchoring Reality

This palette celebrates authenticity and connection through the artisan’s touch. It renews traditional know-how, anchoring vintage-inspired colors with recycled and contemporary touches.

02. Be Wild: Activating Optimism

A mood-boosting color combo, these hues celebrate individuality and the reclamation of power. Playful, expressive, and creative, PPG’s Transcend brings an earthy element to French Lilac, an unexpected periwinkle, and Mediterranean Blue, a marine aqua-blue with a deep-water undertone.

See The 2021 Palette

The palette mixes organic and heritage influences with warm, earthy tones and rich, jewel box hues. Enchanting Eggplant, a rich maroon with chocolate undertones, grounds the palette alongside Gargoyle, a glass bottle green, and Transcend.

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