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A Colorful 2021

January is the perfect time to try something new, and after the rough ride that was 2020, we’re all looking for change of some sort. Your decor is an easy place to start since major changes aren’t necessary to make a big impact. Plus, after spending so much time at home, our most-used spaces could use a refresh. Color is a great source of inspiration, and the experts at Pantone have selected two hues for the 2021 colors of the year.

ultimate gray: pantone 17-5104
Gray may seem like an unexciting choice, but Pantone picked this for its connection to dependability and fortitude—something we learned the importance of during the pandemic. Everybody is excited for a return to normalcy, and this neutral is the color equivalent. It can work as a backdrop for whatever changes you want to make, or it can be used for striking accents. If you are worried that the shade may be a little too gloomy, don’t fret! You can warm it up with texture and pair it with natural accents like wicker, rattan and wood.

illuminating: pantone 13-0647
If Ultimate Gray is a reflection of current struggles, then Illuminating is hope for the future—the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s bright and cheerful and can add a playful pop of color through accents like pillows, rugs and wall art. Or for a bolder statement, consider using it as an accent wall. The yellow shade also is a great way to bring some color into your kitchen.

yellow and gray not your thing?
Pantone isn’t the only color expert making predictions for 2021. Here are some other hues to consider to make your year brighter.

Bronze: Sherwin-Williams chose the warm, ancient metallic to contrast the technology and screens that dominate modern life.

Teal: Benjamin Moore and PPG both picked soothing, stress-relieving turquoise shades.

Magenta: Collaborating with global trend forecaster WGSN, Coloro chose a vibrant pink. For a richer alternative, consider Graham & Brown’s selection Epoch, a decadent plum.

Sources: Pantone, Architectural Digest