The Colors of the Year Reflects a Time for Hope and Renewal
Colors of the Year 2021
For 2021, the Pantone Color Institute has done something unique – naming not one, but two Colors of the Year: the neutral Ultimate Gray and vibrant yellow Illuminating.
“It’s a combination that speaks to the resilience, the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, reimagine and reinvent,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute.
The last time Pantone choose two Colors of the Year was back in 2016 when they chose Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Pantone’s Color of the Year choice often impacts the world of fashion, design, beauty, gardening and home décor. But what’s not often know is the Color of the Year choice is often indicative of the mood and overall spirit of the time. With the pandemic of 2020 impacting everyone globally, these colors were chosen to uplift, to soothe and to comfort.
“Two extremely independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express this message of strength and hopefulness,” said Pressman.
Colors of the Year 2020
Last year’s Color of the Year – Classic Blue – seems now to foreshadow the reality of a very difficult and challenging calendar year it has been.
According to ColorPsychology.org, “Blue is often cited as a color of sincerity. However, it is notably often in a context of sadness. Perhaps due to its cold nature, blue can give off feelings of loneliness and isolation. Darker and richer shades can be particularly evocative of forlorn feelings. Though its gentleness and sincerity can be poignant, it can also call to mind feelings of grief.”
Though Pantone is often the trusted resource for color forecasting and trend reports, Pressman said the Color of the Year is not driven by data.
“What are we looking for? What do we need? And what are the psychological characteristics of that color that can give us what we’re looking for?” Pressman posed. The decision is informed not only by the state of the world, but also what’s happening in the fashion and art spheres. But this year, she said, “you can’t get away from the overwhelming influence of the pandemic.”
Look for homeowners to adopt these color trends in both their interior and exterior designs. No doubt, yellow flowers will be very popular this season.
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