The Wellness Design Considerations Of Pantone’s 2021 Colors Of The Year

Happy New Year and welcome to a new season of Gold Notes nuggets! I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and safe at home. It’s certainly fair to say that 2020 was brutally difficult for many people here and abroad. I hope that 2021 sees recovery, peace and joy around the world. I spent much of the last year sharing insights about how your home could support your health with regard to Covid-19, working from home, distance learning and related issues. I’ll be doing some of that this year too, as long as I can be helpful, but I look forward to covering different topics too.

In fact, my first post of the new year is about color. I generally don’t pay a ton of attention to color trends. They come and go quickly, and shouldn’t be one’s top consideration in designing your home. (Presumably, you’ll be keeping your furniture and accessories far longer than a single season or year, right?) They are, however, a consideration when it comes to placement. Some colors create feelings of calm. Others spur energy. Which one would you prefer for your bedroom or your baby’s nursery? That’s why colors matter, and why I occasionally weigh in on them. Here’s my wellness design take on color authority Pantone’s two Colors of the Year for 2021, via Forbes.com.

Grays have long been popular colors for cabinetry, countertops and flooring.



I learned last week that one of my family members has contracted Covid. This person lives with two other relatives in a condo. The limited space makes it hard, but not impossible, to self-isolate. If you’re in a similar position, this piece I wrote on creating a home care space can be helpful. I hope you don’t need it, but here’s the link if you do.

If you didn’t find a Peloton under your Christmas tree, or you were really hoping for a Hanukkah gift that would kick start your New Year’s Resolutions, this piece on Amazon’s most popular home products with wellness design potential might be just the trick for getting your get fit goals in gear.

I’m also going to re-up these pieces from last January on how your home can support your New Year’s Resolutions to:



  • I was incredibly honored to have one of my articles included in Design Milk‘s Five Best Wellness Posts of 2020. You can check them all out here.
  • I was delighted to share insights with Authority Magazine on how wellness design can help you create and maintain healthy habits.You can read the interview here.
  • C|NET asked for my input on bedroom paint colors. You can read that here.
  • I also shared ideas on organization with kitchn, a popular site on kitchen design. Check those out here.
  • Wellness by Design was quoted in Better Homes & Gardens‘ 2021 Bathroom Design Trends article. Those are here.
  • If you missed my Coronado Public Library Your Home and Your Health author talk, you can catch it for a limited time here on YouTube.



  • Design Milk on Facebook: “It’s a must-read for 2021.”
  • The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s most prominent newspapers, included Wellness by Design in its “78 of the best books to give as gifts this holiday season” article.
  • Honeycomb Home Design on Facebook: “Pick up a copy of this book — it’s filled with so much valuable information!”
  • Elena Murcock on Twitter: “Absolutely love this book! Definitely a must for all my friends who are buying their pandemic homes! Optimizing your home for health & happiness is not optional.”
  • USA Network’s Shreveport Times‘ books writer Judy Christie included Wellness by Design in her 10 Books for Different Interests gifts list.

I’m always grateful for glowing reviews of my books. You can find them on Goodreads and Amazon. (I’d greatly appreciate your reviews too! Here’s a downloadable form to quickly and easily write one you can copy/paste onto your favorite book sites.)



Most of this month will be filled with 2021 trend predictions. There will be one on kitchen designs. One on bathrooms. And one on wellness design. After January, I’ll be sharing tech trends, surfacing trends, wellness design insights for giving birth at home and gardening ideas.







The Wellness Design Considerations Of Pantone’s 2021 Colors Of The Year - Some colors create feelings of calm. Others spur energy. Which one would you prefer for your bedroom or your baby's nursery? That's why colors matter, and why I occasionally weigh in on them. Here's my wellness design take on color authority Pantone's two Colors of the Year for 2021, via Forbes.com.   Continue Reading
The Benefits of Hands-Free Products - If your household has members besides yourself, (particularly members who work outside the home or are attending in-person classes), my latest article for Design Milk on adding hands-free features like faucets and light fixtures can be helpful in keeping everyone healthier this cold and flu season.  Continue Reading
Wellness Design Holiday Gift Guide - Are you looking for holiday gifts to buy for your loved ones, along with your everyone else on your "must-buy-for" list. I wrote a piece for Forbes.com this week with eight ideas for your kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Continue Reading
Adding Wellness Design Potential to a Poker Room - I decided to pen a piece I thought might be interesting to both of our audiences -- on how to make a poker room more wellness design-friendly. Here it is, with insights from the designer of the Bellagio's poker room, one of the highest-rated on the Vegas strip! Continue Reading
10 Wellness Design Tips For A Healthier Thanksgiving At Home - I hope your Thanksgiving is going to be a joyful -- and healthy one. Here are my recommendations for celebrating safely from my latest Forbes.com article.  There are 10 suggestions in this piece for making your preparations easier and making your home and festivities healthier.  Continue Reading
Food for Thought #20: Adapting and Overcoming in a Pandemic (While Taking My Own Advice) - It’s probably the understatement of the year to say that 2020 has been challenging for millions of people around the country (and the world). I’ve had friends fall ill to a serious new virus. Thankfully, everyone I know has recovered so far, but how much damage it has done to their long-term health is still… Continue Reading
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San Diego, CA

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