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?

Easy steps on how to get some timeless and classy Navy into your home!

Advice, Colour, Inspiration, Styling

Lately I have been noticing navy everywhere.  Fashion, how many summers have I seen nautical themed fashion, it just works. In nature, look up to the evening sky and out to the ocean it’s there and in BIG doses. Advertising, navy is used by the advertising world to project trust, loyalty, intelligence, truth brands like Facebook and HP are blue for this reason.  And of course lastly I’ve been noticing navy interiors.  Navy plush velvet chesterfields, navy damask wallpaper, navy upholstered high back dining chairs, navy plush custom designed carpet and the list goes on.  Navy is an easy colour to live with, so lets look at some ways we can introduce this classy colour into our living spaces.

Navy is a timeless, classic colour.  It never dates, always looks good, you can dress it up or down, yes even in interiors.  It plays well with other colours, textures, styles.  I would go as far to say it’s a neutral, it goes with everything.. yes, even black if tastefully done.

There are a few ways to introduce navy into an existing colour scheme or use it as a basis to create a new one by use of some simple colour theory.

Getting back to basic colour theory, get your colour wheel out and look at colour combinations such as emerald, rubies and copper they work beautifully with navy to create a tetrad of four colours that relate.  I also like the triad of gold, ruby and navy together.  Then there is the complimentary navy and copper, lastly theres citrine with garnet and navy that make for a very sophisticated palette.  Of course when pairing these colour combinations together it’s important to get the recipe right, you don’t want to use equal parts of each colour in the room, this will make for a boring interior.  Create some drama and intrigue, mix it up with the values of light, tone and shade of the colours you use.  You may be bold and paint navy walls, then keep your flooring lighter in tone and maybe introduce a complimentary orange tone by way of some accent chairs to create some interest.  Another alternative is light walls, navy carpet and then some ruby and gold accents in cushions, picture frames etc…. for a triadic colour scheme.

I’ve put together some of these colour combinations below showing navy with it’s various colour  partner options.  Of course Colour Theory is just a starting point things can be mixed up, adding black, grey and white to the mix will add a whole different dimension to the look.  Either way, have a play with navy, you might just like what you discover.

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