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How to use Pantone’s duo colours for 2021

Pantone's annual Colour of the Year does more than simply define the next 12 months with a timely hue or shade. From high fashion to technology, each year’s selection influences industries and inspires people to incorporate the colours into their lifestyle, designs and businesses.

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July 14, 2022

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Pantone's annual Colour of the Year does more than simply define the next 12 months with a timely hue or shade. From high fashion to technology, each year’s selection influences industries and inspires people to incorporate the colours into their lifestyle, designs and businesses.

According to the colour company,

"the union of an enduring Ultimate Grey with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude after 2020."

 

After a tumultuous year thanks to a global pandemic, it’s a cheerful mix that reminds us of sunshine filled days to come. This is only the second time in the 22 years that Pantone has been choosing a colour of the year that two have been selected.

 

“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’s not about one colour or one person, it’s about more than one," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a statement.

 

The interplay between the Neutral Grey and Pop of Yellow can transpire into a beautiful and elegant space. However, understanding how to use the bright yellow is important, as it could be overpowering in a space if used too dominantly. We take a look at our 5 favourite spaces featuring the Colours of 2021:

1. Parisian Apartment by Gilleset Boissier

The small but powerful use of colour in this apartment is truly unique. Opting for a neutral palette throughout and bringing in the pop of colour in the ceiling is a great use of yellow without it becoming too overbearing.

Parisian Apartment Pantone 2021 colour choices for interiors
Parisian Apartment Pantone 2021 colour choices for interiors

2. Tel Aviv Apartment by Pierre Yovanovitch

Wallpaper designer of the year, Pierre Yovanovitch, sure knows how to make yellow pop from a neutral interior. Through art and furniture, this interior is given life whilst still maintaining a simple colour palette.

Pierre Yovanovitch Pantone 2021 Colour choices for Interiors
Pierre Yovanovitch Pantone 2021 Colour choices for Interiors

3. Bijou Plage Hotel by Arrivani

King of detail, Arrivani, gives a fresh and coastal take on the Neutral Grey and Yellow. Combining bamboo and terrazzo with these beautiful colours, Arrivani uses texture with these hues to create a chic and textural interior.

Arrivani Bijou Hotel France 2021 Colour choices for Interiors
Arrivani Bijou Hotel France 2021 Colour choices for Interiors

4.  Elmore Residence by Flack Studio

The unexpected and curious interiors by Flack Studio perfectly illustrates the balancing and harmonious relationship between neutral grey and the pop of yellow. A seamless interplay with these colours is showcased in his project in Melbourne, Australia.

Flack Studio 2021 Colour choices for Interiors Modern Design
Flack Studio 2021 Colour choices for Interiors Modern Design

5. House of Artist Angela Chrusciaki Blehm

Sometimes there is no limit to the colours that work in a space, especially if you have the eye of an artist. Angela Chrusciakia Blehm's home in Georgia is a perfect example of layering colour through art and furniture into an otherwise neutral space. Mixing warm and cool hues with a further developing colour scheme, we see yellow and grey can seamlessly work in an interior with other shades.

Modern Artist Interiors 2021 Colour choices for Interiors Modern Design
Modern Artist Interiors 2021 Colour choices for Interiors Modern Design

We would love to hear your thoughts or other projects showcasing Pantone's colours.

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