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This Is Pantone Colour Of The Year 2021

And it is all grellow. Representing our much needed optimism for the year ahead, the world’s colour experts at Pantone have chosen grey and yellow, aka PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, as their combined Colour of the Year 2021.

Pantone describes Illuminating as “a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity” and Ultimate Gray as “emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation”.

“The selection of two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one colour or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Grey with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute in the USA. “Practical and rock solid, but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

Here’s the obligatory promo video on YouTube to accompany today’s announcement…

Images Source: Pantone

What The Interior Design Experts Are Saying…

“Pantone’s Colour of the Year announcement comes at a time when many of us are looking to refresh our spaces – and we think this year’s selection will surprise and delight you.”
Nicoletta Richardson at Apartment Therapy

“One more surprise for 2020.”
Georgia Coggan at Creative Bloq

“Apparently, the complementary colours demonstrate how we’re all looking forward to happier times and a brighter future, after what has probably been the worst 12 months in history for many of us.”
Katy Cowan at Creative Boom

“It’s a classic combo, undoubtedly, although some have expressed surprise at the company’s choice of grey – and not just any grey, the aptly named Ultimate Gray – which is hardly the most uplifting colour to end the last 12 months on.”
Emma Tucker at Creative Review

“Especially suited to home offices, says Pantone… which is apt for a time when working from home has become widespread.”
Henry Wong at Design Week

“This isn’t the first time that Pantone’s Colour of the Year has come as a duo. Rose Quartz, a pale pink, and Serenity, a powdery blue, were its choices for the year 2016.”
Natasha Levy at Dezeen

“Grey and yellow is pretty tried and tested and when it comes to interiors it’s something that we’ve seen a lot of in recent years. In fact, we picked it as one of the biggest interiors trends of the last decade.”
Hugh Metcalf at Good Homes Magazine

“The shades of grey and yellow are meant to complement each other.”
Kelly Allen at House Beautiful

“It’s perfect to set the tone for a happy home. A welcome colour combination to brighten our homes in 2021.”
Tamara Kelly at Ideal Home

“Used by fashion, graphic and interior designers, the Pantone Institute’s colour matching services are a resource for predicting palettes that might prove popular with consumers.”
Alyx Gorman at The Guardian

Previously From Pantone…

Classic Blue – Pantone Colour of the Year 2020

“A dependable blue that can take you in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness.”

Living Coral – Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

Ultra Violet – Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Shop The Look

OK, we’re not dye hard fans of Pantone’s hue hyperbole about grellow, but we do agree that grey and yellow are a great colour combo for your home furnishings. So, whether you are looking for yellow dining chairs with a grey dining table, a grey sofa with yellow scatter cushions or something completely different, our East London & Essex furniture showrooms in Dagenham, Leigh-on-Sea and Wickford always provide illuminating ways to improve your home interior. Visit Furniture Outlet Stores today for the ultimate decor bargains!

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Inspired by the work of the world's best designers, Rik Haynes is passionate about the latest developments in architecture, design, video games and other geeky stuff.

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