Pantone’s 2021 Selection, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Color

Pantone’s 2021 Selection

2021 is a time for new beginnings and enlightenment. For more than 20 years, Pantone has been selecting the color of the year using trend analysis across many different platforms; including entertainment, travel and fashion. For 2021, Pantone decided on two colors that showcase how diverse elements can come together to support one another. The 2021 Colors of the Year are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

According to Pantone… "A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of Ultimate Gray + Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit."

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The pairing, according to Pantone, is "A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting."

Ultimate Gray is an earthy, grounded color boasting a cool neutral shade that is at once practical and welcoming. Illuminating is a bright statement shade that exudes warmth, cheer and optimism. Although each hue is a strong color on its own, together the duo creates a color story that coalesces into one concise mood.

Some companies offer products for the home in these select colors. For instance, a leading manufacturer of premium vintage-styled kitchen appliances, Elmira Stove Works and the Northstar lines, are available in Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Find Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year as custom color options.

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Considering the pandemic, research states that consumers are and will continue to spend more time in their homes and will desire to make living areas more inviting. Elmira states that colorful appliances are a great way to design kitchens that are not only functional with plenty of high performance amenities, but that also bring flair and that ‘extra something special’ to the home.

Designers and consumers embrace Pantone’s chosen color and we will continue to see this trend grow in months ahead. As we look to the future, it is important to remain positive and that is what these colors do.

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