How To Incorporate Pantone’s 2021 Color Picks At Home

Have you heard the news? The color experts at Pantone surprised us with not one, but two amazing picks for Color of the Year in 2021! According to Pantone, these hues are, “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting,” and it’s easy to see why. Read on for details and to learn how to incorporate this dynamic duo at home.

The Ultimate Illuminating Combo

Illuminating (PANTONE 13-0647) is a happy, energetic shade of yellow that feels undeniably fresh and vibrant. Ultimate Gray (PANTONE 17-5104), on the other hand, is a serene and earthy neutral. Together, they work to set the foundation for a warm and inviting interior design that feels both current and timeless in any space.

Yellow lemons in gray plate on gray background. Colors of the Year 2021 Pantone Illuminating and Ultimate grayIn The Kitchen

In a recent blog, we covered how to use Urbane Bronze in the kitchen (the 2021 Sherwin Williams Color of the Year), and now we turn our attention to two new shades — Illuminating and Ultimate Gray, of course! Just imagine pairing Graphite Grey Shaker, or one of our other gray kitchen cabinet finishes, with stunning yellow walls and matching accents. Options include fabrics and table linens, painted chairs, area rugs, canisters, small appliances, and even dinnerware.

If you are feeling inspired, you could also include a colorful kitchen island in your design. Our custom color cabinets feature several bright shades of yellow to help you get that magazine-quality look. Two tone kitchen cabinet finishes are right on trend and can even boost your home’s resale value. Other touches of gray can include stainless steel appliances, kitchen sinks and hoods, gray backsplash tile and flooring options, countertops, and cabinet knobs and pulls.

In The Bathroom & Laundry Room

Again, gray cabinets can be the key to incorporating Pantone’s 2021 Color Picks at home, along with the accents and accessories mentioned above. Contemporary cabinets can serve as the focal point in your design, but in wet areas like a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room,  there are other unique considerations that open a world of possibilities.

Specialty hardware comes into play, like towel rods and rings, robe hooks, and paper holders. Backsplash tile is a must, and floors need to be impervious to water damage. Thankfully, backsplash and flooring options like glass, marble, porcelain and ceramic tile, along with 100% waterproof luxury vinyl, come in several lovely shades of gray! As for adding a cheerful pop of yellow, options include towels, bath mats, and art.

illuminating yellow ultimate gray pillows on bedIn The Rest Of The Home

Whether you are designing an entryway, bedroom, home office or TV room, incorporating  Pantone’s 2021 color picks at home is easier than you might think. Decor alone opens many doors, from bedding and throw pillow fabrics, to window treatments, art and two tone area rugs. Unlike gray kitchen cabinet finishes that are timeless, trendy yellow decor can be easily and affordably swapped out with the seasons.

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At TheRTAStore, we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (ready to assemble) and pre-assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office, home bar, TV room, or closet, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call, and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design service.