2021 Pantone Colors: Yes, there were 2 chosen! Again.

I know I’m a little bit late with this topic, but better late than never, right? I’ve had opportunities in the past to be a guest on a few morning talk shows to discuss the chosen Pantone color of the year. It’s always been a favorite topic of mine, which is why I thought it would be appropriate to include a discussion about this year’s color of the year on my newly launched blog!

For only the second time in 22 years, Pantone actually selected two color choices as the color of the year for 2021. The first time was in 2015, when Rose Quartz and Serenity were chosen (which is to say, pink and blue for 2016). That year, the two shades were meant to blend into each other, reflecting the recognition of gender fluidity and social progress. Some of you may remember my style segment on Daytime Television discussing these two colors. This year, the two shades Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are meant to stand on their own, as complementary tones, supporting each other.

“No one color could get across the meaning of the moment,” Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, said on a call with the New York Times. “We all realized we cannot do this alone. We all have a deeper understanding of how we need each other and emotional support and hope.”

Personally, I am thrilled to pieces about gray finally earning this honor. If you know me well, you know that I’m a huge fan of all shades of gray; it’s my absolute favorite neutral. I feel all primary colors pair well with gray, including shades of yellow. The two chosen colors look fantastic together and according to Pantone Inc., they represent “the light at the end of the tunnel” after such a devastating and challenging year in 2020.

When it comes to styling these colors, I do feel they definitely complement each other well and also can stand on their own. I love the look of head to toe monochromatic grays and I love an all yellow dress with gray shoes and silver handbag.

Upon a quick shopping search, I found there are many prints out there with yellow and gray combo; both in clothing and home decor. The colors actually look fantastic for a bedroom, living room or even a bathroom.

I’m currently decorating an entire home and I think I may go with these colors for our guest bedroom. I feel in a room they are warm and inviting while being bright and upbeat. Maybe I’ll document my home process here to show you what I come up with.

Remember, if yellow or gray is not a color that goes well with your skin tone, you don’t have to wear the colors in their entirety. You can add them to your style in other ways. For example, you can carry a yellow handbag. Or maybe a gray sweater and yellow shoes for a bold statement!  If you need my help incorporating these colors into your style, contact me and let’s talk.

Here’s to all of us seeing (and wearing) the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021!


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