Pantone Selects Two 2021 Colors of the Year

The color combo aims to exude peacefulness while brightening the mood in home decor.

A peaceful, subdued tone and cheerful, vibrant color make up the color combo of Pantone’s “2021 Colors of the Year.” This year the paint firm chose two paint colors—Ultimate Gray, a nature-inspired nod to pebbles on a beach, and Illuminating, a bright yellow hue.

Pantone notes that Ultimate Gray and Illuminating can be a colorful combo used in home design to add a “dose of sunshine and positivity.” They suggest combining the two shades in table linens, sheets, and home accessories, like pillows, to liven up a room.

“Painting a front door in bright yellow Illuminating conveys a warm and welcoming message when supported by solid and dependable Ultimate Gray in the exterior finishes,” they added.

They also recommended the hues be combined in a home office as a strategic choice with color psychology inspiration. After all, a vibrant yellow is believed to heighten awareness and enhance intuition, they note.

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.”

Pantone had selected “Classic Blue” as its “2020 Color of the Year.”

Several other paint firms have already announced their 2021 selections for Color of the Year, igniting an eclectic color palette in the new year:

Sherwin-Williams Announces Its 2021 Color of the Year

Another Color of the Year: Teal’s the Deal

Behr Announces 2021 Color Forecast