Pantone Unveils its 2021 Colour of the Year

Another year has come to an end which can mean only one thing, Pantone has finally announced what it thinks will be the colour to represent the year ahead! After such a tough year, we are delighted to see that Pantone has selected a bright and uplifting tone as its 2021 Colour of the Year - PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

This sunny, feel-good colour has been matched with the more grounding PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray to make for a contrasting palette to embody 2021’s upcoming trends. These two colours demonstrate perfectly how two strikingly different hues can come together to enhance one another and create a simultaneous feeling of solidity and optimism.

In other words – or as Leatrice Eismeman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, puts it:

“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.”

After a tumultuous year, the combination of PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating and PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray are the perfect palette to incorporate in your home. This combination can not only inspire thoughtfulness and strength but also feelings of hope and vitality – something that perfectly captures our mood heading into the new year!

What’s better is that both of these colours are particularly interior-friendly, allowing you to easily tailor the levels of brightness and subtlety to suit your taste. Think about pairing an eye-catching and uplifting yellow splashback with natural grey floor tiles – take our stunning ‘EVOLVE GREY’ cement effect tiles, for example - to give your kitchen the ultimate ‘New Year, New Me’ refresh!

Grey has long been a staple colour in our interiors thanks to its versatility when used alongside an array of different tones. The strength of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey is no exception, allowing us to hark back to nature in order to feel grounded and supported in trying times. Paired with the breezy positivity that is emulated by PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating - which is indicative of innovation, experience, and regeneration - it makes for the perfect combination to represent our outlook for the coming year.

While the PANTONE Colours of the Year are carefully selected to embody trends in every aspect of design, from technology and packaging to fashion and travel, we believe that there is no better place to incorporate this fresh palette than in your own home. So, wherever you are looking to add some freshness and vitality to your home, this could be the tantalisingly modern palette to do just that!