How to decorate with Pantone 2021 colors of the year

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The Pantone color institute announced Illuminating and Ultimate Gray as Colors of the Year 2021. Find out how decorating with these two shades gives your home a sense of strength and optimism



If 2020 has taught us something, it’s to be hopeful and resilient. What we need to practice in 2021 is how to be hopeful and resilient full time and beyond the circumstances.

Pantone comes to help us in reaching this goal with two colors of the year 2021Ultimate Gray, “solid and dependable”, Illuminating, the hue of the light that warms and brightens up our spirit.

If you’re debating on how a hue can convey a feeling the answer is simple: our eyes see, our brain loads and our heart feels. It’s chromotherapy.

We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Considering we spend most of our time at home or at work, that can even make no difference in terms of place, using these colors in our home decor seems to be the best solution to get the most from these good vibes.

Pantone states:

“Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home, adding a dose of sunshine and positivity. Juxtaposing Illuminating with Ultimate Gray in table linens, sheeting, and home accessories including pillows and tabletop infuses vitality and liveliness.
[…]The ideal combination for any office, whether in the home or in a commercial space, with Ultimate Gray providing the firm foundation for Illuminating, a vibrant yellow that heightens awareness and enhances intuition, lighting the way to the intellectual curiosity, originality, and resourcefulness of an open mind.”

How To Incorporate Pantone's 2021 Colors Of The Year Into Your Home


With the right approach and balancing your design, grey won’t make your interiors look gloomy, and yellow won’t be so scary as it may seem. As a plus, you can pair so many colors with them to create different moods. Learn more with our suggestions and get inspired!

How To Incorporate Pantone's 2021 Colors Of The Year Into Your Home

Pair ultimate gray and illuminating with:

  • rattan, for your summer house by the sea;
  • cozy textiles, for your winter cottage;
  • concrete, for your dreamy loft in the city;
  • white, for the perfect modern and fresh interiors;
  • black and white with simple and geometric lines, if you prefer a minimal space;
  • blue, for those who like a mid century aesthetics;
  • green, for a the more contemporary look;
  • gold, for something more sophisticated yet classic;

… Do we need to go on? Fair enough to say that both the colors are pretty neutral?

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The nicest thing with these hues is that we don’t need to always dispose a color scheme and start all over again, but we can layer colors into existing palettes and already made spaces.

The Linus cover for your flooring: change your old rug for a new one, and your space will look totally different. Merge the colors together, or opt for one of them; whatever you decide, Jab – Tai Ping and CC-Tapis have the perfect solution for you.


Mesh ice


Oldie dark-yellow



Flexibility at its best: whether the coffee table for your living room or the side table for your bedroom, this solution helps you to find the smallest but noticeable new touch for your interiors.







The comfiest, the better: go bold, change your sofa/armchair. You won’t regret it!






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