Business LawReal Estate LawHow to use Pantone’s Colors of the Year in Your Home

January 26, 2021by LibertyLaw200

Whether you recently bought a new house or are spending more time at home working remotely or overseeing remote learning, it is the perfect moment to refresh your space. Color is a great way to infuse your residence with a fresh vibe. Did you know that every year Pantone,  the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions for the design community, has been forecasting the color of the year for over two decades?

Their choice for 2021.

PANTONE Ultimate Gray and PANTONE Illuminating, as the Pantone® Color of the Year selection for 2021 illuminate two independent colors that come together to create an aspirational color pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness, and resilience.  

“The selection of two independent colors highlights how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

 “The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that color can hope to answer,” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to symbolize thoughts and ideas, many designers and brands are embracing the language of color to engage and connect.”

A marriage of strength and optimism, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating do not have to be used in equal proportions, either color can take precedence whether for apparel, beauty, home furnishings, product design, or packaging.   

The Pantone team gave these tips for using the colors. Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home adding a dose of sunshine and positivity. Juxtaposing Illuminating with Ultimate Gray in table linens, sheeting and home accessories including pillows and tabletop infuse vitality and liveliness.  Painting a front door in bright yellow Illuminating conveys a warm and welcoming message when supported by solid and dependable Ultimate Gray in the exterior finishes.  The ideal combination for any office whether in the home or in a commercial space with Ultimate Gray providing the firm foundation for Illuminating, a vibrant yellow that heightens awareness and enhances intuition, lighting the way to the intellectual curiosity, originality, and resourcefulness of an open mind.  

Which hue are you? As real estate and business lawyers, we love to get to know our clients and their preferences. Are you looking to buy or sell a new home or start an interior design business and need some legal advice? Contact our offices today. We would love to help make 2021 the year to help make your dreams come true.

Wondering what colors have been trending for the last two decades? Take a walk down memory lane at the Pantone picks…


  • Classic Blue (2020) 
  • Living Coral (2019)
  • Ultra Violet (2018)
  • Greenery (2017)
  • Serenity and Rose Quartz (2016)
  • Marsala (2015)
  • Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • Emerald (2013)
  • Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • Honeysuckle (2011)
  • Turquoise (2010)
  • Mimosa (2009)
  • Blue Iris (2008)
  • Chili Pepper (2007)
  • Sand Dollar (2006)
  • Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • Tigerlily (2004)
  • Aqua Sky (2003)
  • True Red (2002)
  • Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • Cerulean (2000)

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