Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2021: Illuminating & Ultimate Gray


We’ve waited all year for the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2021 – and for next year, we got two! Introducing PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two vastly different colors that when combined together, evoke a sense of thoughtfulness but with the promise of sunnier and brighter days ahead.

The reason why this unveiling is highly anticipated throughout the year is because it influences both buying decisions and product development for the following year and many more to come. The Pantone Color of the Year is a trendsetter, not just within the interior design industry but also in fashion, graphic design, industrial design, product packaging and more. We are excited to see where these bold and lively colors will appear throughout different industries. 

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray 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 color 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 Color Institute

To celebrate the announcement and to help you implement these stunning colors into your home décor, check out our tips below for inspiration and let us know how you plan on adding Ultimate Gray and Illuminating into your spaces!

Accent pillows & blankets

There’s nothing wrong a few simple touches. If you’re not ready to paint a whole wall or want a more cost-effective way to incorporate these colors into your home, adding pillows and blankets are a great way to update your décor. Best of all, it’s completely flexible. Get creative: mix and match different patterns, textures and hues to create the ultimate space.  

Wall accents

If your walls are looking a little bland, consider wall accents or if you’re looking for an easier way to spice up a room hang up wall art with vibrant colors. It’ll really help illuminate any space, just take a look at these two bedrooms! Don’t they evoke a bright future?

Decorative items

Along with accent pillows and blankets, another easy and inexpensive way to embrace these two colors are through decorative items. From vases, sculptures, book sets, figurines, coasters, lamps and more, it’s never been easier to implement Pantone’s Colors of the Year in your beautiful home.

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