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Celebrate Earth Day with JC Licht’s Color of the Month: Potters Clay 1221


With April showers falling outside, it’s time to shower your home with a little love using our Color of the Month selection: Potters Clay 1221. The earthy vibes and dusty red tones of Potters Clay 1221 by Benjamin Moore bring a touch of nature into your home, and there’s no better time to honor the hues of Mother Nature than now as we gear up to celebrate Earth Day.

Delight your senses with a sunbaked shade reminiscent of a clay pot you’d find in a garden. Potters Clay 1221 cultivates those feelings of comfort, tranquility, and energy that come with the budding blooms of the spring season. The natural harmony of Potters Clay 1221 is one of the reasons it’s on the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2021 Palette!

After the hectic year that was 2020, bring a little bit of comfort back into your home with Potters Clay 1221 and experience the excitement of nature all year long. Stop by any of JC Licht’s 57 locations throughout the Greater Chicagoland area to grab your color samples or find your favorite Benjamin Moore paints.

The bright rays of springtime sun bring Potters Clay 1221 to life, as it reflects a deep terracotta shade, making it the perfect grounding element in your family’s gathering spaces. With dusty red and pink undertones, this color serves as the optimal backdrop for all the fresh colors and bright florals that adorn your home during the spring and summer months.

If you have a cool, dark room, Potters Clay 1221 will add so much warmth. Even just one accent wall can do the trick. Just be sure to pay attention to the natural light in the room before painting. Potters Clay 1221 has an LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, of 27.23, which means that it is on the darker side of the spectrum (0 is black, 100 is white), so it absorbs most of the light that comes its way.

What does this mean for your space? Well, if you have a well-lit room, Potters Clay 1221 will appear as more of a brighter orangish color with pink undertones. If your room gets little natural light, the color will seem slightly darker on the spectrum, radiating more dusty red tones. Either way, this natural color will supply warmth to an otherwise cool room and give you those brilliant earthy vibes.


The richness of Potters Clay 1221 accentuates wooden elements in your room like wood trim, wood cabinets, or wooden furniture pieces to create a warm and inviting space. For a contemporary take, layer this color with Chantilly Lace OC-65 or Wrought Iron 2124-10. If you have boho or southwest décor in your home, Potters Clay 1221 will be the perfect complement to your existing style.

Envision a clay pot bursting with the greenery of a spring plant. These colors can serve as the inspiration behind your color palette to create a timeless yet trendy look. To capture this style, pair Potters Clay 1221 with other earthy tones such as, Evening Grove 1526 or Springfield Sage 510 for that “private getaway in nature” feel.

Think Outside the Walls

You can bring the warm and fuzzy feelings of Potters Clay 1221 to your home without making the grand transformation of painting an entire room or wall. Get in on the DIY trend of refurbishing old pieces of furniture and apply the color to small pieces like nightstands or end tables to give your space that subtle earthy feel. The best part is that Potters Clay 1221 will fit right in no matter what colors you currently have on your walls!


You can create your own sanctuary based on the décor pieces you choose. Rust and navy accents pair well with Potters Clay 1221, so bring in a few navy pillows or a rust-colored vase to complete your peaceful oasis.

If all this talk about rich, earthy tones has got you inspired, stop by a JC Licht location near you. Our color consultants are happy to give you even more tips on how our April choice for Color of the Month,  Potters Clay 1221 can work in your home. Don’t forget to grab all your painting essentials – we’ve got brushes, tools, samples, and so much more to meet your ex-paint-ations!

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