Pantone Reveals 2021’s Color of the Year

As 2020 draws to a close, the powers to be at the Pantone Color Institute have released their annual color of the year. According to the color experts, 2021’s vibe is to be expressed in not one, but two separate hues. It’s only the second time Pantone has selected two colors.

The forecasted pairing, ‘Ultimate Grey’ (Pantone 17-5104) and ‘Illuminating’ yellow (Pantone 13-0647) will take over from 2020’s demure ‘Classic Blue.’  Given next year is hanging in the balance right now, it could be said that  Pantone is covering all bases for how the coming year could pan out.

Apparently, we’re to see the combination as a ‘unified pair’ – symbolizing the solidarity that will be needed for what’s ahead.

Using Pantone’s  2021 Color of the Year

Pantone 2021 Colors of the Year

“The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” – Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Pantone Reveals 2021's Color of the Year
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As people search for ways to improve themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to resolve the continuing confusion, our quest for vitality is fulfilled by spirited and emboldening shades.

Pantone Reveals 2021's Color of the Year work from home inspiration
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Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.  Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

Pantone Reveals 2021's Color of the Year is ideal for accessorizing
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Adding just a small accent of Illuminating to your décor is like adding a ray of sunshine and hope. Who can’t help but gravitate towards the happiest spot in the room?

Pantone Reveals 2021's Color of the Year in metallic tones
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For 2021 home décor, incorporating this color duo is more about the finish than the actual colors. Warm metallic tones used in new and unexpected ways will be prized for both their chic aesthetic and for the inherent antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities therein.

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