Pantone’s Colors for 2021: Gray and Yellow

At the end of each year, PANTONE reveals their color of the year. As an artist, I look forward to and my Facebook feed fills with my friends announcements and opinions on the selection.

If you’ve never heard of Pantone, they are the company over 10 million million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization.

Without their guidance every company would be making it up as they go and you wouldn’t be able to find much that matched for your home or wardrobe. (It would be like the wild west of color! I’m shuddering as I type it!)

This year they chose gray and yellow – or more specifically: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647

Pantone Colors for 2021

Pantone describes the colors as “illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021.

Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.”

Pantone Colors for 2021

I thought this was the first time they chose TWO colors – but apparently I was mistaken. They chose two in 2016 as well – a pink and purplish-blue (click here if you are curious)

The first think that came to mind when I saw the colors was “Oh no! I look horrible in yellow!” Usually the colors go to fashion first since they have a shorter production lead time than home decor, for example. But then I told myself not to panic and to think more broadly – how will this work in my art, in my home and in sewing and quilting.

The smile came when I thought about sewing and quilting. I love the combination of neutrals with a pop of color so grays, whites and yellow speak to my soul.

I also took to Pinterest to see what inspiration I could find – there is a lot! I started a board to gather ideas for the 2021 colors – you can find and follow it here > 

What do you think? Do you like the colors they chose and do you see yourself using them? Drop your thoughts in the comments – would love to hear!

– Tara

Pantone Colors for 2021

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