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PANTONE COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2021

Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

Each year the Pantone Color Institute chooses the "Colour of the Year". In 2021 Pantone choice is sure to be a surprise: a strong colour combination is the new season's trend.

Are you ready for "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating"?


PANTONE COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2021

The global trend forecasts of the Pantone Color Institute are groundbreaking for designers, trendsetters and the advertising industry alike. The colour experts' selection is not based exclusively on trend analyses, the observation of global colour influences and social media trends. The psychology of colours and the collective needs of the population also factor in. Not surprisingly, the trend experts have focused on one thing this year: Strength and hope!

2021 the colour combination "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" replaces the discreet trend colour of 2020 "Classic Blue". The ensemble of light grey paired with intense yellow is the perfect accompaniment for the new year. Don't you agree?


COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2021: ULTIMATE GRAY & ILLUMINATING

In addition to evaluating current trends, one of the most important issues for the experts was to set a clear signal for collectivity and connectedness. What could be more obvious than to opt for a strong colour combination? The choice fell on "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating". Two colours that, according to Pantone, speak of strength and positivity - exactly what we all wish for in 2021!



For the second time in the history of Pantone’s annual trends, a colour combination has been named Colour of the Year. The last time this occurred was when the trend colours for spring/summer 2016 were "Serenity" and "Rose Quartz". Four years ago the trend experts set an example for the dissolution of typical gender roles. This year the trend colours pick up on our collective need for solidarity and hope.


COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2021: MEANING BEHIND

With its light nuance "Ultimate Gray" is reminiscent of rocks and stones. Natural elements to hold on to. Moreover, grey represents existing strength and solid reliability even in hard times. In contrast "Illuminating" tickles the tip of your nose like the first rays of sunshine after a long winter. It shines like the light at the end of the tunnel. The intense yellow symbolises hope and lightness. The two vibrant trend colours will accompany us in 2021 above all as a duo. Thanks to their wonderful versatility, it is surprisingly easy for us to integrate them stylishly into our lives, our wardrobes and our living spaces.

Do you fancy a touch of freshness and positivity in your life? So do we!


COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2021: FURNISHING WITH ULTIMATE GRAY & ILLUMINATING

The Pantone Trend Colours inspire not only fashion on the world's catwalks. Designers in the home & living sector implement the colour favourites in their designs as well. We show you how to optimally implement "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" in your interior.



At first glance, grey and yellow may appear to be opposites, but the two nuances make a harmonious combination, especially in home interiors.

"Illuminating" acts as a contrast to trendy nuances such as brown, black or “Ultimate Gray” itself. Create a subtle colour base, for example with light shades on the walls or floor coverings. Combine this with home accessories or pieces of furniture in the intense shade of yellow. Our tip: yellow is a bright and warm colour. Place a shaggy rug in "Illuminating" and round off the look with accessories in "Ultimate Gray". This subtle shade of grey adds a sense of peacefulness to the style.

Using "Illuminating" on a large scale, for example as a rug, is not the answer for every interior fan. Turn the look around and use a grey rug as a base: how about an exciting, shimmering viscose rug or a trendy rug with a vintage look? Giving "Ultimate Gray" the ultimate touch. In combination with yellow-coloured home accessories, you can create fresh highlights in your living space.


COLOURS OF THE YEAR 2021: LIVING TRENDS

The trend colours also make a harmonious dream team when combined with the 2021 living trends. The combination of bold shades like "Illuminating" with retro elements is a trend that will accompany us throughout this season.

By contrast, basic shades like "Ultimate Gray" are interior design evergreens. However, when combined with other subtle shades and natural materials, they make a real dream team and become the star of your interior. Whether in combination or alone, Pantone's Trend Colours 2021 can be combined in many ways!


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"Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" are already absolute style favourites. Will these two Pantone Trend Colours also turn out to be interior design favourites in your own home?


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