It's an annual announcement: Come early December we all eagerly wait for the experts at Pantone to release the Color of the Year, forecasting a shade that they believe will set the tone for the year ahead.
This year, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards, Pantone, has selected "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" for colors of the year 2021 (yes, two colors). In an official press release, Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, states, “The selection of two independent colors highlight how 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. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.”
Pantone emphasized that a hue of yellow, called Illuminating, will help to fill people with "energy, clarity and hope" to conquer the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality.
"Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power."
On the other hand, Ultimate Gray evokes feelings based on solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.
Ultimate Gray is also the color of pebbles on the beach and found on natural elements whose "weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time."
"Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience," added the company.
When it comes to flowers and foliage which are appreciated for their immense color selection, symbolic meanings + overall “happy” nature, Pantone’s color selection is perfect. Yellow has historically been used to kindle joy and inspired positivity. Here’s just a few of our floral faves to look for in 2021.
Leucospermum High Gold
Leucadendron Inca Gold
Leucadendron Gold Strike
Whether Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are used as a pair or independently, these versatile colors will hopefully inspire creative ways of thinking and help move us forward with the optimism for a better tomorrow.