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Pantone, Where Color Rules

Interior Designers, Graphic, Fashion and Accessory Designers follow seasonal trends such as patterns, texture and color which is why when you shop, you find similar colors and color combinations in clothing, accessories, textiles and interiors paint.

Designers have different trend resources but the longest lasting and most important is Pantone the color company.

In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, an American chemist, developed a system to standardize color and specified the exact formula for each shade ensuring that the color was always the same. The name pantone makes it clear: “pan” means “all” and “tone” means “color.” Coca-Cola’s red color (Pantone 484) is recognized the world round because the red is the same whenever its used.

Pantone’s annual color of the year announcement is more than just forecasting color trends, it also showcases its talent for understanding how societal changes influence our color selections.

Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year 2021

This year, Pantone combined two colors to reflect a mood they feel is important for 2021, strength and positivity.

The combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope.

The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Using the two, 2021 Pantone colors here’s some palettes and corresponding artwork to inspire you.

WAVES 3 / 24.5″H X 19″W I paper construction by Jerome Patryjak
UNTITLED SHAPED COLLAGE #2 I 36″H X 36″W I paper sculpture by Ray Beldner
ABSTRACT No.3 I 48″H X 30″W I mixed media by Shadia Derbyshire
MM I 30″H X 30″W I acrylic on canvas by Ken Claes
BOUGUET I 30″H X 30″W I acrylic on canvas by Birgit Huttemann-Holz
WISHFUL THINKING I 28″H X 22″W I mixed media on canvas by Andrea Bogart
TOPTREE11 I 5″H X 7″W I photography on canvas by Elizabeth Wittman
Landscape photograph
SPIRITSCAPE7 I 16″H X 16″W I Polaroid photograph on watercolor paper by Tony Zaza

This article was written by Andrea Bogart, professional artist, art consultant and the founder of Embrace Creatives, a marketplace for original, local art to love.

To see the highly talented artists featured on Embrace Creatives, visit our online gallery.

For help finding the best artwork for your home or office, reach out to Andrea here. Interior professionals can request white glove, art consulting or custom pieces here.


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