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Pantone Colour Of The Year 2021

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2021

Ana Zuravliova

By Ana Zuravliova

Trend Specialist at Blinds Direct
Fri 11 Dec 2020
Last updated Mon 7 Mar 2022

Colour of the year 2021

For more than two decades, the fine folks at Pantone have unveiled their official Colour of the Year, and 2021’s has been announced. 2021’s joint colours of the year are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

So why did Pantone decide this vibrant yellow and robust grey deserve such a coveted title? Well, according to the organisation, the philosophy that underpinned the choice is “a marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

This partnership is intended to demonstrate fortitude and optimism; strength and positivity – and its clear to see why these emotions were so inspirational following the stress and strains of 2020.

colour of the year 2021 grey and yellow

The union of an enduring Ultimate Grey with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. 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.

– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute –

PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

Illuminating is a striking and dynamic tone of yellow. Described by Pantone as “a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power”, this tone will contribute well to an energetic space, especially alongside its grey counterpart.

Other tones of yellow may seem daunting at first, but they can enhance a range of décors. To fit this colour into your home, consider pairing it with other natural tones including whites, creams and of course greys.

Because yellow is potent, it will contrast well with these colours and add energy to elegance in any space – particularly living or dining rooms. You can read more about the colour yellow in general, and how best to use it in your home in our blog for yellow being our colour of the month.

grey and yellow pantone colour of the year 2021 blog

Shop our dynamic yellow:

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray

Grey has always been a flexible and powerful colour. Its tones and hues provide great foundations for combining different colours and styles, and helps to unify a host of themes and trends.

Ultimate Gray is a bold and forceful tone and while its partnership with Illuminating demonstrates the versatility of this wonderful colour, don’t forget that other grey tones are equally flexible.

At Blinds Direct we have a range of beautiful grey items from subtle grey lampshades to stunning grey curtains and everything in between. Why not explore this colour further and see which tones pair best with the colours in your home and read our colours to go with grey blog? And don’t forget, grey is the new grey!

Shop our grey tones:

Blinds Direct colour of the year 2021 collection

To help you bring the power of these honoured colours, we’ve created a dedicated collection that celebrates all they have to offer. Enjoy our Pantone Colour of the Year 2021 collection. Our products are made to measure at our bespoke facility here in the heart of Yorkshire. To find out more about our range of colours and fabrics don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team who are always happy to help.


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