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Pantone’s Colors Of The Year 2021: Ultimate Grey And Illuminating


The colors of 2021 will be grey “ultimate grey” and yellow “illuminating”, announced Pantone on Tuesday (9). It’s all about the messaging. Get ready for a brighter future. There is general agreement on very little in this world, save, perhaps, for one thing: This year has been a mess, and the next one cannot come fast enough. Join Interior Design Magazines and discover all about Pantone’s new selection of two colors.



Pantone's Colors Of The Year 2021: Ultimate Grey And Illuminating

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

Pantone's Colors Of The Year 2021: Ultimate Grey And Illuminating

So it should be a surprise to no one that the prognosticators at Pantone — those trend forecasters who scour the globe for months noting developments in clothing, cars, kitchens, coffee (the stuff that surrounds us) and translate it into a color they claim will be the dominant shade of the coming year — have chosen, as the color of the year for 2021 … two colors!

Pantone's Colors Of The Year 2021: Ultimate Grey And Illuminating

After Living Coral in 2019 and Classic Blue in 2020, this may not be what anyone expected (that might have been “grim black”), but it might be what everyone needs.

“No one color could get across the meaning of the moment,” Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, said on a call. “We all realized we cannot do this alone. We all have a deeper understanding of how we need each other and emotional support and hope.”

This is only the second time in the 22 years that Pantone has been choosing the color of the year that two colors have been selected. The first time was in 2015 when Rose Quartz and Serenity were chosen (which is to say, pink and blue for 2016). That year, the two shades were meant to blend into each other, reflecting the recognition of gender fluidity and social progress. But this year, the two shades are meant to stand on their own, as complementary tones, supporting each other.

To the resilience of grey, Pantone adds the hope of yellow, Illuminating Yellow, Pantone 13-0647. “For most people, yellow means hope, positivity and something to look forward to” – feelings that those responsible for the institute consider being central to facing the new year. In a statement, it reads that the combination of the two tones “is a history of color that contains deep feelings of thought and the promise of something sunny and friendly”.



Pantone's Colors Of The Year 2021: Ultimate Grey And Illuminating

Versailles Armchair was inspired by the creativity and rich decoration of the Versailles Palace. Boca do Lobo opens the way to freedom and the need for bringing extravagant creations to life.


Erosion is a small stool with a large presence that can be placed at any part of your home. This sculptural piece is handcrafted from resin and fibers with a high gloss lacquer finish. Further customization can be implemented as we offer you the opportunity to choose the color you want for Erosion.


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