Pantone Picks an Uplifting Combo for Its Color of the Year 2021
Hello, yellow! Good day, gray! See how to use the two colors predicted to be both hot and cool in the coming year
Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director, says Pantone selected these colors to “highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one.”
Pantone provides these color trend forecasts for the various design industries, including interior design, fashion, beauty, packaging and multimedia graphic, so you can expect to see more of these hues in the coming year.
Here are more ideas and examples of how to bring this striking pairing into — and onto — your home.
It’s important to mention that we are not suggesting you should redecorate your home every year in the latest trendy colors. Rather, this is a good time to source items in these colors if you happen to be a big fan of them. Manufacturers of home decor items such as furniture will no doubt be introducing items in these colors. It will therefore be easier to find these hues in the coming year.
Furniture items such as counter stools and dining chairs are smart places to bring in a bold yellow hue. It’s a relatively small spot of color and is easy to change out in the future.
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If you are a big fan of bright yellow and want to make a statement with it in a more permanent way, check out your options in flooring. These beautiful, bold tiles are the focal point in this otherwise neutral kitchen palette of gray, black and white.
A yellow-and-gray kitchen can catch the eye and brim with energy and personality. The color combination can work well in modern spaces, as shown here, and in more traditional spaces (see below).
This palette also plays nicely with most wood tones. A light wood floor keeps both of these spaces light and lively as well as warm and welcoming.
Of course your kitchen shouldn’t get all the fun color. In fact, I would argue that bathrooms are among the best spaces to inject lively color because they’re not spaces you are spending hours upon hours in, unlike your bedroom, kitchen or living room.
This yellow hue might not be the best choice for your bedroom if you are seeking a soothing night’s sleep, but in the bathroom it is a fantastic punch of color to help you wake up in the morning.
Light up a room with this sunny hue via a sparkling yellow-hued light fixture. The gray wall serves as the perfect backdrop to this beautiful pendant.
One of the easiest, most budget-friendly and impactful ways to bring color into a room is through a painted accent area.
This skylight looks like a piece of abstract art with its yellow and gray color-block paint job. I imagine that the splash of yellow also helps the sun shine into this London space even on an overcast day.
Here’s an example for the lovers of bold color. Rather than a small accent, go big and paint an entire wall in the hue. This hallway demonstrates how well these two colors work together. And, similar to the bathroom example, hallways are an excellent place to play with bold color since they are pass-through areas of the home and not spaces we hang out in for long stretches of time.
Pantone recommends bringing their Colors of the Year into the home via textiles. This is a great option for those who like to play with color trends but don’t want a huge commitment or hit to the pocketbook. With a gray or similarly neutral hue for your sofa, you can go a little wild with a zesty yellow throw or decorative pillows.
Speaking of windows, check out these beauties in this captivating sunroom. I love that they are painted bold yellow; it really makes them stand out, as they should. The gray accents push this hybrid traditional-contemporary space closer to the modern side.
Show the world your love of this color combo by taking it outside.
My favorite way to use a bold yellow with a medium gray is on the front door and exterior siding, respectively.
A happy hue such as yellow on the front door is warm and welcoming. Practically speaking, it’s a great spot to showcase a striking color because it’s typically applied with paint, making it relatively easy and affordable to change in the future. The gray siding allows you the flexibility of going with any other entry door color your heart desires in the future.
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