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2021 Pantone Color of the Year


Earlier this year, Pantone released its two colors of the year, and their contrasts may shock you. They’re Illuminating (13-0647) and Ultimate Gray (17-5104). Pantone decided that these colors would be selected for their warmth and dependability. Here’s what you can expect from each.


Let’s revisit Pantone’s 2021 colors, before we review Pantone’s 2022 colors in an upcoming blog.



This color is described as a “bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.” If 2020 and 2021 have been rough years for you, you’re not alone. This color intends to express a message of strength and hopefulness. It’s enduring and uplifting. How can you not want to put this bright yellow color anywhere and everywhere?


Ultimate Gray 

This color is on the muted side yet still provides a nice balance to Illuminating. It has “solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.” These two colors were selected together to provide resilience and hope. Pantone always forecasts popular colors that will do well in furniture, fashion, technology, and more. Gray is a perfect neutral, especially when it’s paired with a bright, happy color like yellow.


Why Does Pantone Have a Color of the Year?  

Pantone has released a Color of the Year for more than two decades. For those 20 years, this color (or colors) has influenced product development, purchasing decisions, and design in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishing, industrial design, product packaging, and graphic design.


So, how do they arrive at the color(s)? Pantone’s color experts comb through the world looking for new color influences. These influences may be… 


  • The entertainment industry
  • Films in production
  • Traveling art collections
  • New artists
  • Fashion
  • Popular travel destinations
  • Lifestyles
  • Playstyles
  • Socioeconomic conditions
  • New technologies
  • Materials
  • Textures


How Can You Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Décor?  

Are you eager to incorporate these two colors into your home décor? Often, Pantone does a great job forecasting what will be popular in all industries, and as such, you may have noticed these two colors more often as you decorate your home.


One subtle way that you can add Illuminating or Ultimate Gray to a room is through lighting. Floor or table lamps come in a variety of different shades and allow you to add pops of color throughout your room. They’re a subtle way to change up your décor without having to reinvest in the entire room. Check out some of our favorite table and floor lamps in the Pantone Color of the Year below.


Floor Lamps:


Table Lamps:


 Final thoughts

Start shopping for your next Pantone Color of the Year floor lamp at LuxuryFloorLamps.com! We have a curated collection of stylish modern and contemporary lamps that will help revamp any room in your house. Get started here.


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