Interior Trends; ‘Ultimate Gray’ meets ‘Illuminating Yellow’

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Here’s a guide on how to incorporate the pantone Colours of the Year into your interiors

by Niamh Casey

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pantone’s colour trend predictions, and it is only the second time in its history that two Colours of the Year were announced. Exceptional times require exceptional trends so Pantone has paired ‘Ultimate Gray’, a solid and grounded colour, with ‘Illuminating Yellow’, expressing the happiness and hope people are holding out for in the future. The aim is for the colours to portray how ‘different elements can come together to support each other’.

“Practical and rock solid but at the same time, warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope”, explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. Here are some ways you can incorporate the colours into your interiors.


1) Grey Walls

Grey walls have been a trend for a while as they help to achieve the minimalistic and modern feel that has been steadily growing in popularity over the past decade. Greys can work well in all rooms in your house from the sitting room to the bathroom. The subtle nature of the colour provides a solid base that can be decorated with bright artwork or wall features that will really pop when displayed.

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2) Yellow Décor

The second Pantone Colour of the Year, ‘illuminating’ yellow can really help to bring a lightness and brightness to your room. Whether you decide to add a large piece of furniture, a statement wall or small pops of colour in your soft furnishing or decorative items, this colour creates a bright and modern feel to your room.

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3) Artwork

Adding a piece of art containing these two colours is a great way of giving a nod to this year’s trend. Artwork is a great way to show off personality and style in any room. The grey and yellow is a beautiful colour combination that adds character and warmth and  will work well in any room, from a nursery to a home office. Art helps create a unique space and an engaging environment, which is great for homeschooling or working from home.

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Grey and Yellow artwork, 

4) A Statement Rug

If you’re stuck with how to incorporate the 2021 colours into your interiors, a statement yellow and grey rug can be the easiest place to start. The mood of a room is so easily set with the use of a carpet or rug, and from a practical perspective they help retain heat and prevent chairs or couches from marking your floors. Rugs create a cozy and comfortable space, and it’s no secret that rugs are a lot softer than hardwood or tile, and most would agree with the statement that they are more comfortable to stand on than a hard surface floor.

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