Last year I wrote a post about an odd news title and speaking of weird headlines when I heard that the Pantone Colors of the Year were Ultimate Gray and Illuminating it took me until the second paragraph to realize Illuminating is actually a color – a bright shade of yellow. And yellow is not my color. Now this is not a new thing, Pantone announces their signature hue of the year every year and I have covered them – emerald green in 2014. and last year’s n 2013 it was emerald, in 2014 it was radiant orchid, 2015 it was marsala, and five years ago there were two, serenity blue and rose quartz. Then I skipped a few years of features but did share the 2020 color admirable amethyst last Summer.
But let’s go back to the fact that I really don’t like yellow as a color. I feel very strongly about that as fashion color (it does not look good with my skin tone) and that extends into other areas like home decor. I say that and yet it is a color my fiancé gravitates towards. You did see different combinations of yellow and grey in the living room of my London flat which you better believe I did not pick out. Outside of my space in England though, what does these two colors together look like? Well, take a look at two of the color swatches above and then a few ways they are use in real life, below.
While the two colors do not immediately spark joy and I think the combination is a bit odd, they can go well together when paired correctly. Taking a look at these two hues, here are few pieces that actually work in my mind and that you could incorporate into your life if you want to be on trend this year in the world of fashion and home decor:
An interesting take on it is this story from Arch Daily where they look at the unusual color combo out in the wild and in a few places it does work. If you want to see more you can read the full Pantone Press release on the rationale behind their choices.
What do you think of their choices of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating?