Pantone Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Chosen Colors of the Year 2021

Pantone Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Chosen Colors of the Year 2021

Pantone chooses two very different colors from each other to be next year’s. These two colors are synonymous with energy and positivism to face a year full of uncertainties due to the pandemic.

Pantone has presented its colors Pantone Illuminating (Pantone 13-0647) and Pantone Ultimate Gray (17-5104) as colors for 2021. In this way, the Classic Blue, the color of 2020. They are two very different colors from each other. Its combination according to Pantone is “ambitious, marrying deeper feelings of consideration with the optimistic promise of a sunny day”. Illuminating is a color that is reminiscent of the sun, thus bright and cheerful, thus giving vitality.

On the other hand, Ultimate Gray is synonymous with firmness and represents natural elements that have the ability to withstand the passage of time. Ultimate Gray is “silence, fostering feelings of composure, assertiveness, and endurance”.

A flash for fashion

Fashion is one of the main channels of expression for the Pantone colors of the year. So that, Illuminating is a color that adds shine through garments such as scarves, footwear, bags, shawls, blouses. In turn, this combination can be attractive in the sportswear, Besides the Warm clothing.

Astrid belted draped merino wool midi dress by Ulla Johnson, Moncler Genius sweater + 1 JW Anderson lace-up ribbed wool and cashmere-blend turtleneck, Saint Laurent Spencer cropped wool-twill blazer, Gavina mélange merino wool turtleneck top by Isabel Marant, Estelle mohair-blend jumper by Isabel Marant, Rae draped satin-crepe dress by Alex Perry


Gabriela Hearst Luther suede knee-high boots, Stella McCartney Emilie vegetarian platform Chelsea boots, Chloé Tess Day mini textured and smooth leather bag, Stella McCartney The Falabella large vegetarian brushed-leather tote, Bottega Veneta Fringe gathered leather bag, Bottega Veneta bag GG Marmont Camera mini quilted leather by Gucci and Diagramme quilted bag by Prada

More radiance for your skin

Regarding beauty, Illuminating contributes “bright and shiny sparkles” When combined with Ultimate Gray in eye makeup. In addition, this mixture of warm and cold colors creates a “dramatic statement” On both hair and nails.

Luminescent Eyeshadow – Lion and Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo – Grand Canal by Chantecaille, Highliner Gel Eye Pencil by Marc Jacobs, Crystal Retinal 10 by Medik8, Gold Shimmer Oil by Omorovicza and De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil Aromatherapy Associates Shower Oil

Endurance for technology

Technology and gadgets also adapt to the new colors of the year. In this way, it mixes Illuminating visibility and reflectivity with Ultimate Gray resistance, a very important feature if it is about technological elements.

JBL Charge 3 Speaker, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera, Balvi Pantone Headphones, Ray-Ban 1971 Evolve Glasses, and Loewe iPhone XS Max Leather Case

Warmth and welcome for your home

This combination can decorate any room in the home. Its use in table linens, sheets, and pillows radiate vitality. On the other hand, its use in the paint can also bring warmth and a welcoming feeling, and combined with the Ultimate Gray, it gives solidity. Apart from home, office, or commercial spaces, this combination can also be used.


Accademia Regale in Eco-leather Chair by Aria Home, Frontier Rogue Fringe Cushion by Le Cuona, Diana Table Lamp by Covet House, Valencia Rug by Covet House, BIS Two-Seater Sofa by Covet House, Raffles Armchair by Eichholt

A message of strength and hope

Thus, this union of colors, according to Leatrice Eiseman, CEO of Pantone Color:

“Highlights how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hope which is both long-lasting and inspiring, conveying the idea that it is not about one color or one person, it is about more than one. The union of a long-lasting definitive gray with vibrant Illuminating yellow expresses a strength backed positivity message. Practical and rock-solid, but at the same time warm and upbeat, this is a color combination that gives us strength and hope. We need to feel encouraged and encouraged, this is essential for the human spirit “

The combination of both colors should not be used in equal proportions but one of those should take priority, whether it be for clothing, beauty, home furnishings, product design, etc.

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