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Here are 5 Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2021 in Your Home

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Written By: Hannah Grey

The Pantone Color Institute’s colour of the year is always a defining moment that unveils the upcoming marketing and design trends for the next twelve months, or even more.

While this yearly announcement is mostly anticipated by anyone working in colour, from fashion to interior designers, even the common folk have now gained a steady interest in the matter at hand.

Introducing Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

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Pantone’s Colour(s) of the Year 2021 is an artistically hopeful statement on our future.

This year, not only do we have one but two colours of the year: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. For some, Ultimate Gray can be seen as a rather dull or flat colour on its own. But when put together with the vibrant hues of Illuminating yellow, it instantly brings a sense of warmth and comfort.

The combination of these two contrasting shades is said to represent “a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly”.

The cool and natural elements brought by Ultimate Gray brings out feelings of composure, steadiness, and grounding, while the striking yellow can easily bring a smile to anyone’s face with its radiance, exuding the perfect balance of colours.

The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.” – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute

Since 2020 has been quite a challenging year with the ongoing pandemic and the countless global events that have unfolded, it seems like we could really use this ray of inspiration and hope this year.

To be reminded of this refreshing story of colour, why not bring this same energy into your homes?

Here are five creative ways to incorporate Pantone’s Ultimate Gray and Illuminating combination in your home this year!

Accent walls

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When choosing your accent wall, look out for spaces with natural light and avoid enclosed corners as it may give the illusion of a smaller space.

Instead of having a single colour dominate all four corners of your room, accent walls are a simple yet great way to add a decorative flair to any room. They typically have a different shade, colour or material from the other walls and are perfect for drawing attention to a certain part of the house, which may otherwise be overlooked.

If you’re feeling bold and adventurous, go ahead and splash that wall with a generous coat of yellow paint. When choosing your accent wall, make sure to look out for spaces with natural light and avoid choosing enclosed corners as it may give the illusion of a smaller space. For those who aren’t ready to take the plunge, opt for a neutral gray for the same designer look without the commitment.

Throw pillows and blankets

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Jazz up your couch or bed with comforting accents like blankets and throw pillows by adding different textures and shapes into the room.

Since colour trends inevitably come and go, one of the best ways to spice up your space is to add home accessories that can be swapped out with ease. Jazz up your couch or bed with comforting accents like blankets and throw pillows, which is an excellent way to add different textures and shapes into the room.

If you have a neutral-coloured sofa, go for plain yellow cushions or those with unique designs to add a simple contrast. In the same way, opt for gray accents if you have a bright-coloured couch to avoid the clashing of tones.

Framed wall art

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A beautiful piece of wall art can liven up one’s house in the most subtle yet distinct way possible.

If you have a bare wall in your room that’s never been decorated, this may be a good time to start. A beautiful piece of wall art can liven up one’s house in the most subtle yet distinct way possible. It creates just the right focal point and can even sum up the entire colour palette or theme of your room.

When selecting your wall art, don’t forget to consider the size and dimensions. The last thing you want is to have a centrepiece that’s too big for your wall or far too tiny to capture your guest’s attention!

Rugs and carpets

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The complimenting hues of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating can bring the room to life.

When giving your space a revamp, never forget to decorate the floors. This is an area often overlooked by many and considered useless or irrelevant.

However, rugs and carpets can easily define and tie a space together by drawing a visible line around all the pieces of furniture, which connects and separates them from the rest of the room.

By using Ultimate Gray and Illuminating as grounding accent colours, the complimenting hues can instantly bring the room to life and adds a nice pop of colour all at once.

Bedroom linens

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For a crisp and clean look, pair your sleek white bedroom set with a simple gray duvet cover or a patterned yellow comforter.

Bedroom linens with cool shades of gray and warm yellow tints are yet another effective way to incorporate Pantone’s colours of the year with minimal commitment. Since the bedroom is known to be a place of respite, the soothing nature of the colour gray can give off a relaxing feel while yellow is naturally associated with all things warm and cosy.

For a crisp and clean look, pair your sleek white bedroom set with a simple gray duvet cover or a patterned yellow comforter.

Need a hand with your interior design needs?

Attempting to redecorate or design your home all by yourself can be a challenging feat. Sometimes, it’s best to ask for help to achieve the best results possible. That’s where we come in.

With our diverse team of skilled interior designers, let us help you bring your vision board come to life in the spaces of your home!

To get started, feel free to reach out to us at +65 6886 9009 or [email protected]

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