Pantone color(s) of the year 2021

Hello lovely humans. Are you as nerdy as I am, waiting impatiently every December for Pantone to announce their color of the year? Well, some days ago they finally announced the winners. This year, there are actually two colors.

Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray


Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating

Of course I just had to try to incorporate them into a mood board (top picture). I really like bright yellow, but I also think it can sometimes be a tricky color to incorporate to a design without it looking tacky. Or without it taking over too much. Mustard toned yellows are so much easier to incorporate. I believe in going for several different tones of yellow together to get a more organic feeling. Also mixing it up with lighter colored flowers.

In the mood board I went for a mix of country and modernist vibe. Getting inspiration from Gaudís mosaic from Park Güell, with a dark rustic wooden table, gray linen, and abundance of white flowers with only pops of yellow. The bridal bouquet has a wild flower look to it with a more organic shape. Small, yellow wild flowers really makes me think of all those thousand buttercups, coltsfoots and dandelions I used to bring home to my mother as a kid. The groom could wear a dark gray suite, and the bride a cream colored dress with a lot of vintage style lace that will soften up the contrast between the yellow flowers and the dress.

Photo: Pantone

What do you think about the colors of 2021, yay or nay?

Pantone themselves describe the colors like this:

‘The union of an enduring Ultimte Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit’ – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

I can totally understand the need for some uplifting colors these days, but it’s going to be interesting to se how the trend translates to fashion and interior design.

Photo: Pantone

Have you chosen a color scheme yet for your wedding?

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