Author: Arianne Daoust-Hébert
Every year Pantone, a company with a reputation for its infallible colour chart, unveils two new colours that will influence interior, graphic and clothing design for the upcoming year.
Pantone has gifted us TWO colours ! Discover 2021’s new colours and some clever tips and tricks for integrating them into your decor.
The first of the two colours is PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray: a rather neutral, and at first glance, cold gray. However it instantly warms when accompanied by it’s second.
PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a vibrant lemon yellow. According to PANTONE they represent a “ marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” Ultimate Gray represents “the colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time” while Illuminating “is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.” (pantone.com)
These colours may seem difficult to integrate into a decor at first. On its own, the gray can seem dull and boring. On the other hand, yellow can be a scary and difficult colour.
Here are 3 helpful hints to integrate these new colours into your decor:
#1: Introduce Illuminating in small dosesThere is no need to paint all your walls yellow ! By adding small dabs of colour by way of your accessories you can brighten your room without excess. A chair, a lamp shade, a throw rug, a wall decal or even wallpaper can be the perfect vessels for colour.
#2: Integrate different shades of gray
Instead of painting your walls in a solid gray, why not integrate a photographic mural or a faux concrete wall mural to integrate different shades or gray, texture and depth to your space ?
#3: Use the right colour at the right spot
Yellow, because of its vivacity, could easily warm up a kitchen or add energy to a home gym or playroom, whereas gray calms a bedroom and instils serenity in the den or home office.
For more ideas you can refer to our Pinterest account. We have created a pinboard with some great ideas on how to assemble these two PANTONE 2021 colours !