2021’S COLOUR: what is this year’s colour and how to use it?

by | Jun 1, 2021 | Fitout Trends

What is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2021?

Pantone’s colour for 2021 is grey with yellow for highlighting. To be exact, the colours are Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating.


These 2 colours, say Pantone express:

“A story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly”.

The colours are therefore a message for now, when we need something warm and optimistic, and we need to feel like everything is going to get better.


How is Pantone’s Colour of the Year Chosen:

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development & purchasing decisions across many industries from fashion, to home furnishings, as well as industrial design, product packaging & graphic design.

Each year, the Pantone Colour of the Year is selected after careful consideration & a broad analysis of trends. Each year the team at Pantone Colour Institute comb the world looking for new colour influences from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

How to use these Colours in Interior Design:

So how will interior designers use this optimistic colour palette?

The idea is to use the grey as the neutral backdrop with the yellow as the contrasting, highlighting colour.

Houzz has plenty of examples of this:

houzz using grey and yellow

An example of using this could be a grey exterior paint colour which would be coupled with a  “hint” of yellow at the front door. Another example would be a grey backdrop with a “pop” of yellow such as with a furniture piece, or cabinets or even towels.


Sunday Coffee cafe in Lviv, Ukraine, by Vymir Design Studio. Photo via behance.net


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