scandinavian colour trend 2021 interior

Time to have a look at the Scandinavian interior colour trends of 2021 – exciting!

Every year, Norwegian paint company Jotun release their new collection which predicts the colour trends for the coming year. This year, though their new colour chart REDISCOVER we get to rediscover timeless colour shades and discover new colours at the same time. The REDISCOVER colour chart contains 4 colour palettes for 2021, and a total of 29 new colours. In this post I will take you through the new colours and palettes.

Jotun’s global color manager Lisbeth Larsen and her international team have once again looked ahead, and developed a new, global colour chart with stunning shades that reflect the spirit of the times. Many of us are reflecting on lifestyle changes that will be good for ourselves, our homes and the world we live in. The trends have long pointed to a more sustainable consumption, and the new world situation has reinforced this trend.

“In uncertain times, our homes become even more important,” says Lisbeth Larsen. “We want to feel safe and protected, and with colours we can create the nourishing atmosphere we need. Our needs can vary from day to day, and from room to room. With beautiful colours and contemporary colour combinations, a complete home is created, with room for both aesthetics and everyday life.”

The colours are presented in the form of four colour stories that inspire you to rediscover the home with new tones and combinations:

scandinavian colour trend 2021 warm rustic tones

1 Warm atmosphere with warm & rustic colours

In the first colour story, Jotun have taken inspiration from all over the world; from golden-pink shades of Moroccan desert sand, to the burnt orange tones with Mexican references. The earth’s own colours create associations with landscapes and cultures around the world, and with a unifying palette of these warm, rustic colorus you get an interior with a down-to-earth and pleasant atmosphere.

Whether you want to create a zone with a cozy atmosphere, or paint several rooms in beautiful earthy tones, these rustic colours will help create an uplifting and nourishing setting. The colours are also a reminder of the world’s cultural heritage, rich traditions and the value of real craftsmanship.

These shades are welcoming and genuine, and contribute to a warm atmosphere in your home

jotun lady 12127 earthy brown web

Wall: LADY Wonderwall 12127 Earthy Brown. Window and skirting boards: LADY Supreme Finish Silk matt 12127 Earthy Brown.

jotun lady 12120 desert pink 20167 welcoming red 2 web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Colour 12120 Desert Pink. Bench: LADY Supreme Finish Semi-gloss 20167 Welcoming Red.

jotun lady 10428 masala web

^ The table is painted with LADY Supreme Finish Matt 10428 Masala, a strong and clear ocher yellow – reminiscent of sunny countries.

jotun lady 20167 welcoming red 1 web

^ LADY Pure Colour 20167 Welcoming Red.

jotun lady 12124 natural clay web

^ The walls are painted with LADY Pure Colour 12124 Natural Clay.

jotun lady 12120 desert pink 20167 welcoming red 12118 hummus web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Colour 12120 Desert Pink.

2 Soft, neutral colours in sensual harmony

scandinavian interior colour trend 2021 neutral calm tones

The second theme in the colour chart highlights the most beautiful, neutral shades in dreamy combinations. In a world marked by change, the need for clarity and calm arises. We facilitate this by simplifying our homes, and many are looking for a neutral and harmonious colour base. With clean minimal tones, we remove the superfluous and value the simple.

The combination of these neutral shades can have a great impact on the atmosphere in a room. These colors do not ask for attention, but instead gives us clarity with a soft, soothing appearance. New to the neutral shades from Jotun this year is a brand new muted brown tone, Belgian Brown, which gives the soft shades a renaissance.

Find clarity and calm with these soft neutrals and discreet shades.

jotun lady 10385 belgian brown web

^ The tabletop is LADY Supreme Finish Silkematt 10385 Belgian Brown.

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^ Walls and shelf are painted with LADY Pure Colour 0486 Silke.

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^ Walls are painted with LADY Pure Colour in the new shade 12125 Impression. The door and moldings are painted with LADY Supreme Finish 1276 Soft.

jotun lady 1303 observe 0398 web

^ LADY Pure Colour 1303 Observe – one of the new neutrals.

jotun lady 1276 soft silke impression web

^ Create beautiful harmony by combining different neutral colours. The wall in front has the colour LADY Pure Colour 1276 Soft and the wall behind; LADY Pure Colour 12125 Impression. The ceiling is LADY Perfection 0486 Silke, and the door, frame and skirting boards are LADY Supreme Finish Matt 1276 Soft.

jotun lady minerals 1563 mork strandstrand 01 web

^ LADY Minerals 1563 Mørk Strandstrand.

jotun lady 1303 observe web

^ The wall is painted super matt with LADY Pure Colour 1303 Observe; a nice yellow-beige hue.

jotun lady 1288 granskygge web

^ LADY Pure Colour 1288 Granskygge is a tasteful beige shade with a hint of green.

scandinavian interior colour trend 2021 blue calm tones

3 Airy blue tones & timeless contrasts

The classic, Nordic colour palette with muted, blue shades, is forever relevant! In the LADY REDISCOVER colour chart these classics have been put together in a wonderful, new combination that many people will love. The sight of sky and sea seems uplifting; thoughts turn to the unknown and infinite, and we sense the tranquility that rests in a pristine coastal landscape or in a distant horizon.

This is a palette for those of us who want to be more present in the now, and seize the moment. With these colours you can create a cozy and harmonious look. They encourage you to make your home an inviting haven where you can recharge your batteries. Sounds perfect to me.

These Nordic colour combinations help bring a refined atmosphere of rough nature into the home.

scandinavian interior colour trend 2021 blue tones

^ The wall is painted with LADY Pure Colour 5503 Natural Blue, and the roof with LADY Perfection 1024 Tidløs. A muted shade of gray in the ceiling gives an extra good warmth in the room.

jotun lady 1024 tidlos klassisk hvit web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Color 1024 Tidløs. Window sill: LADY Supreme Finish Silkematt 1624 Letthet.

jotun lady 4894 ocean air web

^ LADY Pure Colour 4894 Ocean Air – one of the new and airy blue tones in this year’s colour chart.

jotun lady 5504 coastal blue web

^ The wall is painted with super matt LADY Pure Color 5504 Coastal Blue – for a perfect and exclusive look.

jotun lady 1973 antikkgra 1624 letthet web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Colour 1973 Antikkgrå, roof: LADY Perfection 1973 Antikkgrå. Panel roofs and moldings: LADY Supreme Finish Matt 1624 Letthet.

jotun lady 10963 golden bronze 1024 tidlos web

^ The walls have been painted with LADY Pure Colour 10963 Golden Bronze. A perfect, golden contrast to the shades of gray!


4 Muted & dreamy pastels

Colours are crucial to creating artistic expression. Together, colours can give life to big ideas, and bring new moods to otherwise empty spaces. The fourth theme in the colour chart consists of muted pastels, beautifully composed in a brilliant colour symphony. The colours we choose tell a lot about who we are and how we perceive the world around us. Use these colours to create an inspiring home with uplifting spaces, where imagination can roam free and new ideas can be conceived.

This is a palette for the esthetician, who values design traditions and art history. The shades are as created for the curated home, where carefully selected art objects and decorative objects testify to an interest in interiors and details.

The colours in this set are both retrospective and future-oriented, and give an element of Nordic vintage in an otherwise modern interior.

jotun lady 6378 iconic web

^ The walls are painted with super matt LADY Pure Colour 6378 Iconic.

jotun lady 12126 silhouette web

^ LADY Pure Colour 12126 Silhouette; an elegant and muted gray tone with a golden touch.

jotun lady 10246 velvet web

^ The pedestal is painted with LADY Supreme Finish Superblank 10246 Velvet, while the wall is painted in super matt LADY Pure Colour in the same shade.

jotun lady 12119 vintage brown 12126 silhouette web

^ The walls are painted with the evocative and muted brown tone 12119 Vintage Brown in super matt LADY Pure Colour. The elegant, curved wall has been given LADY Pure Colour 12126 Silhouette.

jotun lady 8118 lovsal 6379 cityscape 2 web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Colour 8118 Løvsal, panel: LADY Supreme Finish Superblank 6379 Cityscape and cabinet doors: LADY Supreme Finish Halvblank 6379 Cityscape.

jotun lady 6378 iconic 2 web

^ LADY Pure Colour 6378 Iconic.

jotun lady 12123 contemporary white 10246 velvet web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Colour 12123 Contemporary White. Table: LADY Supreme Finish Matt 10246 Velvet.

jotun lady 20162 mellow 1 web

^ Wall: LADY Pure Colour 20162 Mellow; the colour is an artistic balance of red and burnt brown.

What do you think of the interior colour trends of 2021 predicted by Jotun? I am very excited to see these calm and inviting tones in interior in the coming months. You can view the full REDISCOVER colour chart here if you want to see more.

Have a look back at the 2020 colours, 2019 colours & 2018 colours to see the past trends.

// Photos: Jotun

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.



  1. Reply

    Mary Johnston

    October 27, 2020

    Beautiful, fabulous colors & styling! Inspirational!

    • Reply

      Ingrid Opstad

      October 28, 2020

      So glad you liked the post Mary!

  2. Reply

    Mrs Julie D Bassford

    December 12, 2020

    We are extending our house at the moment and pleased to see we picked some of these colours…

  3. Reply

    ana kesselring

    January 19, 2021

    Such beautiful blog! Super professional, with a very subtle and tasteful sense of clours and images. Congrats.

    • Reply

      Ingrid Opstad

      February 26, 2021

      Thank you so much Ana!