Practical and rock solidly robust, at the same time warming and optimistic: a color combination that gives us resilience and hope."
- Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute -.
The trend colors of 2021 have been decided: the Pantone Colour Institute is providing a real surprise this year with two colors. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating replace last year's Classic Blue. Originally intended as a color year of serenity and relaxation, 2020 turned out to be extremely challenging, turbulent, restrictive and isolating. At best, serenity and relaxation could be felt in a lounge outfit on the sofa.
But every low is followed by a high. And against all odds, perseverance, strength and optimism developed into the best advisors in the crisis. And so it is these qualities that we rediscover in the solid, cold concrete gray combined with cheerful, warm sunny yellow.
PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating warms like the sun and refreshes like lemon ice cream. If you follow color psychology, yellow stands for warmth and good mood, desire for freedom, development, spontaneity and cheerfulness. It can relieve depressive moods and increase the ability to concentrate. In Japan, yellow even stands for courage. And let's be honest: Don't we all wish for nothing but yellow in 2021?
Like a rock in the surf
While the color yellow brings movement into play, PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray stands for a secure foundation, the ground beneath our feet. Emblematic like pebbles or rocks that stand the test of time - imperishable yet changing according to weather or force. It is the color of age, but also of maximum restraint and inconspicuousness. At the same time, we associate seriousness, elegance and simplicity with the tone that helps other colors achieve extreme luminosity. Ultimate Gray makes Illuminating shine like the sun.
A harmonious duet
We think the two colors complement each other to form a balanced unit in our products as well. Like in a love affair, one brings what the other lacks. The fact that this year, for once, there are even two PANTONE colors provides us with two exciting possible combinations: Gray on Yellow or Yellow on Gray. The Pantone fabric belt is available in our Exclusive Collection.
Here are some more examples from fashion, art, architecture and design that show how exciting Ultimate Gray and Illuminating harmonize.