Colour Your World: products in Pantone’s 2021 colours

Pantone has always aligned its yearly colour selections with the prevailing mood of the time. 2018 saw Ultra Violet, chosen to communicate originality, ingenuity, and forward-looking thinking: Living Coral’s choice for 2019 was meant to “embrace us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment” and Classic Blue was meant to “bring a sense of peace and tranquility” to 2020. So naturally many were curious to see how the rainbow experts would respond to the dumpster fire that ended up defining 2020.

In an effort to bring some mental respite to the year ahead, two colours were chosen to set the right tone for 2021. According to Pantone, its PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating selections were paired to create “a marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

We can all agree that these are two sentiments are sorely needed, which is why in an effort to support any chance of contributing to deeper feelings of strength, positivity and thoughtfulness, we’ve rounded up a selection of interior products in these colours with the hopes that they may inch us towards something sunnier and friendlier.

“When designing an interior, contrast is key. Contrast is often achieved with light, but when tangentially achieved with colour, the space becomes even more enhanced. To further elevate a monochromatic and elegant space, a touch of soft but bright colour can be utilized throughout. Pantone’s Ultimate Grey used as a base with touches of Illuminating, the space will feel rhythmic and tied together,” says Madeline Byrnes, senior designer at Ted Moudis Associates. Ted Moudis Associates has designed corporate office spaces around Canada, including that of AstraZeneca in Toronto, which Madeline oversaw.