Painting furniture trendy colors helps you keep your home looking up to date while making it simple to switch out hues down the road when styles change. A budget-friendly alternative to buying new furnishings, painted furniture also imparts a warm, homey feel to your space and lets you create a streamlined palette throughout your home, especially when you use fashionable milk paint colors from The Real Milk Paint Co. If you’re considering DIY projects and wondering how to get started on your redecorating journey, knowing the best furniture paint colors for 2021 aids you in picking out hues that best suit your existing home design.

Best Furniture Paint Colors for 2021 and Beyond

No matter the year, the best furniture paint colors for you are the ones that mesh with your artistic vision for your painting project. With that in mind, we’ve chosen Real Milk Paint colors that pair beautifully together and stay put over time for hard-wearing durability. Other reasons to choose Real Milk Paint when you wish to paint furniture include its versatility — it requires no priming or sanding for most projects, and it mixes 1:1 with water so you can whip up as much or as little as you need for the task at hand. Nontoxic, safe for food contact and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), milk paints are also very easy to work with in areas with limited room and ventilation.

Monochromatic Paint Colors

Basic black, white and gray colors paired together never go out of style and give your space modern flair. For example, consider refinishing the frame of a worn mid-century modern sofa with our deep black shade, Arabian Night, and using French Gray to spruce up the cushions and back. Complete the ultra-contemporary design theme by painting furniture like coffee tables and accent chairs with a white hue like Parchment and using softer gray shades like Sage Gray as an elegant complement. Monochromatic paint colors also work well for discreet color-blocked designs when you’re working with wood furniture and want a simple, subdued look that meshes well in offices and lobbies.


Complementary Color Palettes

Complementary color palettes tend to brighten your home decor without overwhelming it, especially when you use shades that split the difference between wild and mild. For instance, try using shades close to each other on the color wheel yet distinctive enough that people notice the variation in hue. Some Real Milk Paint color palettes that fill the bill when you want a complementary look include Dragonfly and Faded Denim, Paprika and Redstone, and Mustard and Sunflower. Using complementary paint colors on accent pieces of furniture such as small tables and chairs also helps you tone down louder design themes for a more balanced effect.

Bold, Beautiful Paint Hues

When you want to bring all eyes squarely onto a piece of furniture in your room, bold, beautiful paint hues typically do the trick. From intense shades like Flag Red and Blue Lagoon to conspicuous colors like Fresh Lemon and Aqua, Real Milk Paint offers vibrant hues that look amazing on everything from dining room buffets and living room consoles to kitchen cabinets and bedroom dresser makeovers. Try pairing these vivid paint colors with more subdued alternatives such as Stoneware for a high-contrast look or Cheesecake for a hint of softness. Alternatively, go big or go home by teaming up bold hues with each other to make a huge visual impact on entryway decor like hall trees, accent tables and wall mirrors.

Warm, Earthy Paint Shades

Warm, earthy paint shades help you reflect the beauty of the great outdoors in your indoor décor. To capture this aesthetic, ground your overarching decor style in rich brown hues such as Cocoa to mimic the look of tree bark or French Toast when you want a lighter yet still realistic way to refinish a wood piece of furniture. Deep fall hues such as Blue Spruce, Terra Cotta red and Earth Green make excellent additions to warm, earthy paint palettes, as do softer hues such as Sunflower and Granny Smith Green. While these autumnal colors look especially good on fall-themed decor, they also work well for DIY furniture makeovers like upcycled Adirondack chairs or jazzing up a painted dresser that needs a fresh look.


Marine-Themed Paint Colors

When you want to accent nautical decor themes, consider paint colors that mirror the hues of marine life, lighthouses and sailboats. For example, alternating bands of Beachglass, Deep Sapphire and Soft White let you create a unique curio cabinet paint look that you can distress slightly and use to display figurines that mesh with your nautical aesthetic. Likewise, paint colors like Barn Red, Navy Blue and Lakeview Blue work great for decorating wood oars or signage. Hues with cool undertones like Spearmint or Tropical Shade are useful as backdrops for under-the-sea elements such as rub-on fish transfers or hand-painted coral.


Nice, Neutral Color Palettes

Not every element in your interior design paint project needs to shine on its own, and nice, neutral color palettes often prove the best furniture paint when you need to tone down bright or dark shades. For instance, try light hues like Pearl with soft shades like Willow when you want elegant contrast yet a still unassuming color palette for a bedroom armoire or painted dresser. When refinishing old furniture, the nice, neutral colors often capture fine detailing better than more vivid alternatives, and if you want to accent a piece of furniture with finishing glazes for an antique look, less showy shades like Stillwater Cove Gray and Yellow Rose give those mediums the ideal base. Also, eggshell-like shades such as Honeysuckle go well with virtually any of our 56 colors, making it a great choice to use as a neutral accent hue.


Attractive Top Coats

Even if you decide to paint old furniture with mediums other than Real Milk Paint, the Real Milk Paint Co. makes products that help you complete your refinishing project in style. After you close your Behr, Annie Sloan, Sherwin Williams or Valspar paint can, top coat the finish with a Clear Soft Wax or No VOC’s wax .Also consider sealing with  our Finishing Cream line which includes dead flat matte, semi-gloss and high-sheen options so you get the final results you require, and our Finishing Glazes come in three rich tints for a fuss-free way to antique your painted furniture. We also carry an extensive line of Waxes, both in clear and color variations, to help your furniture paint project look its best over time.

No matter the look you wish to achieve with your DIY painted furniture project, The Real Milk Paint Co. has you covered with the best paint colors for most paint projects. For even more versatility, our powdered paint colors mix well together, making it simple to create your own custom shades and become a trendsetter in your own right.