Discover the colours of 2021: yellow and grey are in fashion!

The choice of pantones is crucial for the fashion and interior design industries | Photo by Nick Baker
Photo by Nick Baker

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Pantone, besides being a world reference, is responsible for the creation and continuous updating of the international colour system.

The choice of pantones is crucial for the fashion and decoration industries | Photo by Uby Yanes
Photo by Uby Yanes

Every year, Pantone, releases a report, much coveted by the fashion and decoration industries. And why is this information so eagerly awaited? Because the company has assumed itself (and is recognised) as the market leader! In other words, Pantone creates the news for the next season.

Meet the colours of 2021: yellow and grey are in fashion! Better said, while we look forward to the news for 2022, we talk about the colours that Pantone has chosen for 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (yellow).

Ah, and if you think that Pantone casts the colours of the year haphazardly, be mistaken. The results presented are the sum of real events and the social and behavioural aspirations that set the pace of this global society we live in.

colour pallet \ Photo by Mika Baumeister
Photo by Mika Baumeister

According to Pantone, PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray together with PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminant – two independent colours that stand out as different elements and come together to support each other – express the mood for the Pantone colour of the year 2021.

Practical and solid as a rock, yet cosy and optimistic at the same time, says Pantone, the union of this yellow and grey is a union of strength and positivity. It’s a colour story that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

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Introducing the Pantone Color of the Year 2021: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + 13-0647 Illuminating, video by Pantone

A message of happiness backed by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminator is aspirational and aims to give us hope. We need to feel that everything will become brighter – and that is essential for the human spirit.

As people search for the best way to strengthen their energy, clarity and hope to overcome this ongoing uncertainty we have been living in recent times, upbeat and encouraging shadows seek to satisfy our search for joy and vitality.

PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow that glows with vivacity, a warm yellow hue imbued with solar energy.

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey, on the other hand, is emblematic of solid, reliable elements that are timeless and provide steadfastness. With the colours of beach pebbles and natural elements whose aged appearance highlights the ability to withstand the test of time, Ultimate Grey reassures quietly, stimulating feelings of composure, firmness and endurance.

So goes Pantone’s message, and on reflection, aren’t they right? After all, Pantone isn’t a world reference just for the sake of it. It has decades of colour experience and is itself a globally followed colour system.

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RGB 245 223 77

PANTONE  13-0647 TCX  Illuminating
PANTONE 13-0647 TCX Illuminating

Ultimate Gray

RGB 147 149 151
HEX/HTML 939597

PANTONE  17-5104 TCX  Ultimate Gray
PANTONE 17-5104 TCX Ultimate Gray

CAUTION: RGB and HEX/HTML values will differ between the PANTONE Color Finder and the PANTONE Color Bridge Guides, essentially due to the standards for print and digital.

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