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Pantone Announces Two Colors Of The Years For 2021
  -    -  Pantone Announces Two Colors Of The Years For 2021


Pantone announced not one, but two colors as the color of the year for 2021: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray, a soft pebble-like gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, a bright and cheerful yellow. The two colors together convey a message of calm, resilience and hope for a brighter 2021.


“A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

— Pantone

The last (and only other) time the company named two shades its Colors of the Year was in 2016; those were Rose Quartz and Serenity. 

According to Fast Company, Pantone chose Illuminating as its 2021 Color of the Year first, only months later deciding to add a second hue, with the intention of them being seen — and interpreted — as a pair. “[Illuminating] is definitely an aspirational color, no question,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said. “But I think with the solidity of the gray… when you juxtapose those colors against each other, the concept is clear, ‘Here’s what we’re hoping for. And this is the solid grounding to get us there.'”

As to how Illuminating and Ultimate Gray might pop up in the fashion space, Pantone wrote, in a press release: “Illuminating punctuated by a touch of Ultimate Gray conveys a message of sunshine and strength. Enduring Ultimate Gray provides a great bouncing off point with Illuminating bringing in some brightness by way of a scarf, footwear, handbag, shawl, tops. With its energetic presence the marriage of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination for activewear. The high visibility contrast of Illuminating and Ultimate Gray adds to its appeal for outerwear.” 

Create Energetic Combinations of Yellow and Gray

Ultimate Gray (Pantone: 17-5104) is soft and tranquil and Illuminating (Pantone 13-0647) is a playful punch of yellow that can bring your interior design to life. Together, they create a fun and energizing combination that keeps viewers on their toes. This palette featuring yellow accents with Grey Lilac Marble and soft grey textiles from Room and Board. The result is a fresh yet sophisticated design that you can use in any room in the home.

The new Encode and Star Road stone look collections, two Marca Corona stoneware floor and wall tile offerings, come in elegant and versatile shades of grey, designed to imbue the surfaces of your home with all the sophistication and authenticity of stone.

If, on the other hand, you want to let your creativity with colour loose, you could pick Storie d’Italia and Paprica, which prove very popular with designers and industry experts thanks to their variety of patterns and hues.

Storie d’Italia offers matte Cementine tiles and glazed majolica tiles inspired by the rich decorative tradition of the Mediterranean, while Paprica bets on its hexagonal shape, available both on neutral coloured backgrounds and in original combinations of geometries and colours. Both collections ooze positivity, and are available in sunny and bright yellow, the same shade as irresistible Illuminating 2021! 

So why don’t you combine the various Marca Corona stoneware collections to create attractive, reassuring yet vibrant settings, in perfect Pantone 2021 style?

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