What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year

Our home needs to take a break after the extra roles it played this year (home office, home gym, etc)! Pantone picked not one, but two shades as 2021 color of the year, and we couldn’t be happier to bring a little bit of sunshine into our home! Are you curious to check which will be color duo that you’ll see everywhere in the upcoming year?

It’s impossible to imagine life without color. Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions.

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Every December, design lovers and professionals are anxious to find out what shade Pantone will select as its Color of the Year. The Color Institute is considered the God of Color Schemes, and after months of every paint brand under the sun releasing their own color for 2021 predictions, the experts at Pantone finally reveal their choice!

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year

Pantone has decided not to select one hue as the singular Color of the Year for 2021, and instead of that, it chose two distinct colors that represent the mindset with which all of us are approaching the end of 2020. 2020 was a year filled with unknowns and “the selection of two independent colors highlights show 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.”


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What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year
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What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year
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“This is the first time since 2016 that Pantone has crowned two shades as the ultimate Color of the Year, but Eiseman explains that choosing a pair of independent colors is a way to reflect what is happening around the world. Particularly this year, when so many lives have been upturned by the Covid-19 pandemic.” says MyDomaine.

The two shades are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. Choosing this color duo is a message “of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting,” according to Pantone

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year

Ultimate Gray is “emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation,” while Illuminating is “a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.” according to Pantone Institute of Color.

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year

“The union of an enduring Ultimate 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.”says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year
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These shades will represent color trends in general, and Pantone believes both colors will make great choices when it comes to interiors.

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year
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“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,” according to a Pantone press release.

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year
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“Painting a front door in bright yellow Illuminating conveys a warm and welcoming message when supported by solid and dependable Ultimate Gray in the exterior finishes,” the press release continues. “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.”

What is Better Than One? Pantone Selected Two Shades as the 2021 Color of the Year
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