What is the Pantone Colour of 2021 and How I’m using it in My Decorating

Advice, Colour

What is the Pantone Colour of the year, and why is it a movement?

The Pantone Colour of the year is carefully analysed and then chosen by Pantone’s colour experts at the Pantone Colour Institute where they look across a wide variety of influences such as entertainment, technology, fashion, design, trending travel destinations and more and then pair this with what is happening in society as a whole, to determine what will be trending in colour. The Pantone Colour of the Year has been around for 20 plus years and carries a lot of influence on purchasing choices in many industries such as fashion, interior design, graphic design and industrial design.

What IS the Pantone colour for 2021?

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating – A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.

Clearly we all need some cheering up with some happiness after the year of 2020, or shall we say Covid19. However, Pantone have not just chosen a sunny happy yellow called Illuminating but paired it with grey, called Ultimate Gray that brings through the character traits of strength and endurance. So we have some rock solid resilience supporting or creating a platform for warm, friendly positivity. I like it, I think we are in for a good year, if these colours are anything to go by.

How am I using it? As an Interior Designer I’ve obviously used a lot of grey in my design work. Gray has been a popular colour now for the last 5+ years because it’s a lovely mid neutral, it goes with anything and has a more contemporary feel to it than other neutrals like browns. I’ve recommended this mid tone gray for clients home exteriors, for doors, window trim, for feature walls inside their homes, for carpet colour, tiling colour, for cabinetry, upholstery for lounges, scatter cushions, even curtains and in so many other applications too. So this will all continue, as it’s a very timeless colour. When it comes to yellow, this to me is an accent colour to be used in small doses. Not all people like yellows in their homes. I definitely wouldn’t use this strength of yellow on walls, even a feature wall it’s just far too saturated. It could easily be used as a bathroom towel, to brighten up your morning as you shower. It could be used in a fresh flower arrangement, again who doesn’t smile ear to ear when receiving fresh flowers. It could be used in smaller decorator items maybe on your office desk to add some colour and cheer. The occasional scatter cushion in a lounge room, or maybe an arm chair. As I said earlier this particular yellow is very saturated and quite young in it’s tone. It’s not a mature, muted colour at all which from an interior design point of view limits it’s uses as it can be hard to live with.

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We’d love to hear about how you use the 2021 Pantone Colours of the Year Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in your home. We hope you have some fun bringing in some happy yellow, underpined with a lovely solid foundation of gray to your homes interior.

Happy Decorating,

Prue