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June 25, 2021

Pantone Colour of the Year 2021

Pantone Colour of the Year 2021
If someone asked me a few years back - "What is Pantone?" or "Do you know what colour of the year is?", I would probably laugh and say "Don't be ridiculous!". However, since throwing myself feet-first into Interior Design, I have learned so many things and Pantone is one of them.

For over 20 years, Pantone's Colour of the Year has been influencing product development and purchasing decisions across a wide spectrum of industries - mostly fashion, home furnishing and industrial design.


How is the colour selected?

To reach a decision, Pantone’s colour experts at Pantone Color Institute scour the globe each year looking for new colour influences. This involves looking at the entertainment industry, art collections and new artists, fashion and all sectors of design. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact colour. It is no surprise that designers accross all industries are intrested to know what the colour of the year will be and how it might influence their design choices.


Thoughts on the 2021 selection

This year, Pantone released that the colour of the year was two colours - PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.  

"A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting."

It is inspiring and delightful to see how these two colours can come together to support each other, especially as we navigate our lives through the current pandemic, where we look for support and better days ahead.  It's very poignant that Pantone has chosen to do this as we navigate 2021.

Not the hugest of yellow lovers when it comes to using it as a colour, but that's not to say that this pairing cant make its impression on interiors - either in a subtle nod or in a dramatic way.

The colours in action

You don't have to go 'all out' yellow if it is not to your taste.
In this example, the monochromatic grey of the walls, fireplace and carpet complements the yellow armchairs. The armchairs are allowed to be the hero piece in this space and inject a sense of fun in a traditional setting.
By balancing the colours in this way they can complement each other, not challenge or demanding all the attention.

Finding an equal balance, if you want to use the same amount of both colours.

In this kitchen, the clean lines of the yellow cabinetry become the focal point, without the risk of being too jarring on the eye. The grey floors and furniture contrast perfectly against the fresh and vibrant backdrop. The simplicity of the decor lets the colours exist together in this space cohesively. A truly lovely sunshine kitchen.


A brief summary
  • Pantone release The Colour of the Year each year sometime in December.
  • The selected colour has a big influence on designer choices and products manufactured.
  • Don't be scared to experiment with the chosen colour. Experiment and have fun!

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