Pantone’s Colour Marriage of the Year 2021

Ultimate Gray 17-5104 and Illuminating 13-0647

“A marriage of colour conveying a message of Strength and Hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting”


What an apt colour selection for the year of 2021, coping with the aftermath of the global pandemic we have had to endure in the past year, and as we enter a new year of hope, seeking clarity; steadiness and remaining positive! This is more than a design trend, it’s about unity and global consciousness!

I absolutely love this colour union, and I cannot wait to see this implemented, I think the boldest statements of this union and global message will be seen mostly in architecture.

Take part with these 5 Key Inspirational Tips:

1. Paint the walls
Want to be the coolest house on the block? Why not have fun by painting the exterior of your home. Using Gray as the main colour and Yellow as the accent colour on a feature wall.

2. Front Door impressions
No rules apply, have fun and set the tone for your home, by creating a fresh feel by painting your front door in Yellow!

3. Bathrooms
Create a fun modern bathroom with Gray as your main tile and Yellow as your accent tiles, which is always great for shower feature walls! Add extra funk: Vanity unit in yellow, contemporary and fresh against a white basin.

4. Statement furniture pieces
With Gray generally been the base color of most schemes, why not pop it with a statement piece in bright yellow – creating that ultimate statement!

5. Bed linens & Softs
Have fun with your bed linen by complimentary mixing it up, Eg: Gray duvet cover with a yellow bed sheet. Layer your bed in beautiful accents of grays and yellows in cushions and a bed throw, layered with different textures.

Affirmative keywords of this union are
Ultimate Gray 17-5104: Practical; rock solid; dependable; firm foundation; steadiness; resilience
Illuminating 13-0647: Positivity; optimistic; warmth; vitality; hope; aspiration; strength; energy

Pantone: “practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity”