As 2020 draws to a close, Pantone has unveiled the colour it thinks will reflect the year ahead.
Picking the Pantone of the year, or in this case Pantones of the year, starts from months of trend forecasting by the team at Pantone.
For 2021, Pantone have selected two contrasting shades, Ultimate Gray (Pantone 17-5104) and Illuminating yellow (Pantone 13-0647), which it describes as “a marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”
It is only the second time in the selection’s 22-year history that two colours have been chosen. In 2016, soft hues of rose and blue were twinned.
“The selection of two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it is not about one colour or one person, it is 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 Colour Institute.
“Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.
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