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Pantone Color of the Year 2021


Pantone color of the Year *

Each year I like to share with my readers the Pantone color of the year. This year, there are 2 shades that work harmoniously together, and they are Ultimate Grey and Illuminating, a bright yellow.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021

CNN photo credit ** First photo- Pantone Color Institute credit *

Pantone Colors of the Year

These colors are used in many facets of our lives- from fashion, to accessories, to home interior design and other businesses.

Chosen by the Pantone Institute, these colors are a reflection of what will be seen then on the runway, in homes and in graphic arts and design/business.

Color has always evoked emotion, feelings brought forth with such colors.

As mentioned in this post, Stand Out and Wear Red, this color is a color of confidence, passion, ambition and determination.

What feeling does the color bright yellow evoke?

Pantone chose this color for a feeling of “friendliness” “sunny” and “hopefulness.”

A brighter future perhaps.

Grey is a solid oolor, and neutral, a color that blends well with most any color and has a resilient and strong characteristic.

These colors brought together, signify to be, strength and hope, a brightness and light.

So fitting for this time.

I love greys and yellows in a decorating standpoint as well. Have a grey couch? Add some vibrant yellow pillows to brighten the look.

Yellow and Grey bedroom

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Yellow and grey living room

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Yellow and grey dress

Shown a few years ago. This Karina dress , in the “Lovey Dovey Print” showcases these 2 Pantone  colors. READ POST HERE> 

Illuminating yellow pantone color

Now there is no grey here, but this summer look could have blended these Pantone colors together with my “Illuminating” yellow Zara top and a grey bag, or a grey pair of sneakers.

Tips to Wearing the Pantone Colors-

This bright yellow works well with my ginger red hair but if you aren’t sure, try out the color/s in a smaller way.

Accent pieces like a scarf, a pair of earrings or a bright shoe would be a fun way to experiment with this sunny color.

Since it is Winter, and blazers are always in fashion, a plaid grey blazer would be a great way to add this grey tone to your wardrobe. Try a yellow thin belt to blend these 2 colors together.

Try the Ultimate Grey as your basic fashion foundation color, great for ladies with silver, white hair and cool tones as well. Add the “Pop” of color, yellow with a fun bag or shoes. Then you don’t have to worry about it near your complexion!

An all grey  monochromatic look with a touch of yellow with an accessory is another great option.

I hope this gave you some ideas!

How will you use these Pantone Colors of 2021 in your wardrobe? Would you style these together? Do you prefer them in your home?

Tell me in the comments 🙂 

Have a great weekend!

Jess xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 17:15h, 04 February Reply

    Beautiful illustrations of this color pairing, Jess! You wear this shade of yellow so well. These shades are so soothing and peaceful. Thanks for linking with me!


  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 12:35h, 31 January Reply

    You are way ahead of me, Jess. I haven’t even looked at the colors yet. Ha, ha. These do make a pretty duo, although I am not sure how many women will actually be able to pull off either of these colors. You do it very well, my dear. I do especially like the grey and yellow in the home decorating scheme. Thanks for giving us a sneak peak at what is coming down the pike. – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:26h, 01 February Reply

      Thank you Amy! I have seen some pretty yellow pieces in store now, so I look forward to trying these as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 17:06h, 30 January Reply

    I ‘m with you on loving this color combo that Pantone picked! I’ve styled it many times together. I love the rooms you’ve shown here and your Karina dress and shorts outfit are great examples!

    xx Darlene

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:22h, 31 January Reply

      Hi Darlene!
      Thank you! Yes, I am also noticing more yellow in the on-line stores I am looking at for Spring. We are getting our Master Bath painted grey soon and I will accent with yellow!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 15:40h, 29 January Reply

    I’m so excited that yellow is part of the Pantone colors…I have a ton of it (although not all in this shade) and I do think we need the happy effect.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:23h, 31 January Reply

      I have some and also more of the mustard yellow. I look forward to seeing your yellows in the Spring!

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 15:24h, 29 January Reply

    I’m hoping with yellow being one of the Pantone colors of the year, I can finally find a couple of yellow tops this year. It’s not a great color on me, but with the tips I’ve gathered from following fashion bloggers over the last year, I think I can make them work. Your two outfit examples are really lovely.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:24h, 31 January Reply

      Hi Michelle
      I have already seen yellow tops and other pieces on-line for Spring. I think you will have some luck! thank you!

  • Angelica
    Posted at 12:30h, 29 January Reply

    Didnt see this coming but I am definitely here for it. I love the 50 shades of gray life

    XX angelica

  • Southwestern Desert Living
    Posted at 09:35h, 29 January Reply

    I absolutely love these two colors together. They have a calming effect on me. I would never have thought of them on my own but wow, I really like them. And they would work year around. Love your dress and shorts look Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:25h, 31 January Reply

      Same here! We are getting our Master Bath painted a grey and I love the color. Grey looks great with so many colors and this is such a calming combo. thank you!

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 09:18h, 29 January Reply

    I absolutely love these two colors together. They have a calming effect on me. I would never have thought of them on my own but wow, I really like them. And they would work year around. Love your dress and shorts look Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:42h, 01 February Reply

      Thank you Cheryl, they are calming shades!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 05:04h, 29 January Reply

    It’s awesome that yellow evokes feelings of hope – we all need that more than ever! I don’t own much yellow but I do like it. Just seems there isn’t always much of it in stores. That will change this year!
    Have a great weekend my friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:26h, 31 January Reply

      So true, yes! It will as I already have seen yellow pop up on certain online stores! You too, enjoy the weekend!xx

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