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2021 Color of the Year

Jan 8, 2021

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The Pantone Color Institute has announced that the color of the year for 2021 is actually a color duo. Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating are two independent colors that highlight multiple elements coming together in support of one another. Ultimate Gray is a warming hue with a solid, classic shade, while Illuminating holds strength and positivity. After such an uncertain and unprecedented year, these colors bring about deep thoughtfulness with the hope of sunnier days. 

If you’re looking to redecorate any area of your home in 2021, consider using these simple colors as a palette base. Here are a few ideas: 


Ultimate Gray is a warm change from the typical Agreeable Gray you may see on walls. With a slightly darker tone, it encourages feelings of composure and steadiness. Illuminating could be used as an accent in kitchens or playrooms to bring about energy and happiness. 


Ultimate Gray is the perfect shade for a couch or sectional. Pair it with Illuminating in the form of accent blankets and throw pillows. Accent chairs would be great as well in the joyful yellow shade. Combining these colors on furniture will bring about a cheerful atmosphere in the home. 


If you’re not ready to commit to the colors of the year with big investments such as painting or furniture, consider easing in with centerpieces. A jar or box painted with Ultimate Gray and Illuminating yellow flowers would be a joyful addition to any table. 


The muted hue of Ultimate Gray is perfect for a bedding set. If your walls are a lighter shade, this gray will provide a contrast that stays on trend without being too wild. Look for it in patterns if you’re wanting to venture out past a solid comforter or duvet cover. Illuminating throw pillows will help you wake up in the mornings with the happy, sunny feel of the color. 

The optimism and fortitude of this color pairing helps lift spirits and encourage moving forward after a tough year. Let it surround you in your home for brighter days ahead.