Color of the Year 2021, Pantone Selects a Powerful Color Combination

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Pantone Opts for Two Color of the Year 2021 Picks! Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow, Sending a Message of Happiness Supported by Fortitude

The promise of a new year is one rich with meaning as we pass from 2020 to 2021. In reality, the change of the calendar will not be an instant switch. However, the prospect of hope and a happy and healthy future has everyone looking ahead. For just the second time ever, Pantone has named two colors for Color of the Year 2021. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. 

The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is the color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.

Letrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Institute

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray

“Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.”

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PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

“Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.”

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The pairing of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating emboldens the spirit and highlights the innate need to have our individual voices heard. Often linked to innovation, experience, and intelligence, the 2021 color of the year combination pushes us forward. Something we can all use right now!

Words by Anna Beck Bimba

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