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Pantone Color of the Year 2021

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Announcing the Pantone Color(s) of the Year 2021

PANTONE
17-5104
Ultimate Gray

PANTONE
13-0647
Illuminating

This year Pantone has opted for a dual color combination rather than the traditional single color. 

The last time they did this was in 2016 with Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pink and blue combination you might see at a gender reveal party, but better put as representing gender blur, “coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.” Also seen represented by the transgender pride flag, though Serenity is much more toward the periwinkle spectrum than the deep sky blue color used for the trans flag created by Monica Helms in 1999.

But let’s get back to 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. It makes sense to me to have another dual-color year. With everything that’s going on globally, it seems only one color for the year just isn’t enough. It’s too limiting and after the curveballs that seem to just never stop, having this duo serve as the optimistic color icon to set forth into a new year and take a stronger hold in this decade feels right.

I’ve always been a fan of gray and yellow together. Gray gives you a solid ground, something concrete and stable, while yellow ignites the spark, brightens the neutral, and adds interest by inferring energy (the sun, light, etc.).

It’s also a combination, for various reasons, I associate with education and school. Perhaps from a heathered tee with golden school emblems, or school buses on the pavement by the playground, Graphite no.2 pencils and highlighters (the yellow ones, not the neon ones), chalk-dusted blackboards…

Or bananas and duct tape, wait, that’s from something else. Perhaps the mid-century Americana connotation that comes to mind though a bit dusty. Pantone has illuminated this yellow like a zest of lemon; okay, I had to grab the low-hanging fruit, pun intended. And again, meandering off the path.

A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.

Ultimate Gray

PANTONE 17-5104

The Numbers

Hex #939597

sRGB 147, 149, 151

L*a*b* 62, 0, -1

Illuminating

PANTONE 13-0647

The Numbers

Hex #F5DF4D

sRGB 245, 223, 77

L*a*b* 89, -3, 70​

“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.”

When I saw this announcement, my first thought immediately went to the image of Black Lives Matter painted on 16th street in Washington, DC, a few blocks from the White House this past June.

I can see this as a representation of differences between two things, in this instance, color. In this example, we have gray and yellow, two very different but essential colors of the spectrum. Immediately we see them distinct different; the line is clearly drawn. But we have to treat them as equals, for they each hold different roles in how color operates, neither better nor worse than the other. Then apply that to thinking ahead with the new year. Together, they represent hope in humanity and the perseverance toward a bright future.

Or am I overthinking this?

FROM PANTONE

“The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “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.”

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

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BACK TO NATURE S340-4

Back to Nature
CREATIVE

BEHR’S COLOR OF THE YEAR 2020

BACK TO NATURE S340-4

Or are we going back to the Seventies? AVocado, anyone?

Note: Image above has a filter over it, so the green tone is most likely showing darker than actual color. Refer to palette or image below.

I preference this post with the statement that, I intended on writing more and providing more research, but I didn’t get to it in time. I started this back in August, over a month ago, but I’m cleaning out the draft folder again, and this one should probably at least get to be seen as-is. So keep that in mind if you read past this…

Muted, pastel, dusty, safe, neutral, clinical are some words that come to mind when I see this palette. But it’s pleasant, nothing is hurting my eyes.

“As we look ahead to a new decade, Back To Nature encourages us to reengage with the natural world, which we know can have a real, positive impact on our well-being. Everyone has a different way of engaging with nature. Whether you’re biking on a forest path, canoeing on a lake or walking on the beach, green is prevalent in nearly every outdoor landscape—it is easily nature’s favorite color.”
Erika Woelfel
Vice President, Color and Creative Services at Behr
Behr 2020 color palette
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The palette Behr has garnered its staple 2020 colors has not just emerged from thin air, nor is it unique to Behr’s product line. I’m having a bit of déjà-vu as I’ve already seen these tones reflected in a lot of other interior design trends.

Notably, Blu Dot seems to have nearly adapted the same palette. Even their quirky tone of voice reflects the nod to a disco-era capsulate of color.

CLEAN CUT CHAIR by BLU DOT

BLU DOT’s Clean Cut Chair and the available finishes definitely are ahead of the curve. Or is that just a bad pun? Either by presentation or maybe just the sleek and sexy curvy form of the chair, I find this palette a lot more alluring compared to the Behr palette. Perhaps the color names are tipping the scale for me here, but I do think these tones are a deeper saturation or just pack a little more punch for me.

MAHDAVI COLLEZIONE for BISAZZA

Mahdavi Collezione Bisazza
Mahdavi Collezione Bisazza

Bisazza puts a contemporary spin on the traditional cement tiles with its new CEMENTILES collection.
The handcrafted features of the original production process are maintained intact, while the design was entrusted to some of the most innovative international designers: Paola Navone, Jaime Hayon, India Mahdavi, Tom Dixon, David Rockwell, Carlo Dal Bianco, Fernando, and Humberto Campana.

The cement tiles are made by layering two mixtures that are hand-poured into special molds and then pressed. The first mixture, made up of highly durable white cement, marble dust and colored oxides, determines the design and color of the tile; the second, made of cement and sand, forms the bottom layer of the tile.

Once they have dried, an impregnating water-repellent sealant is applied by hand to the tiles.

Very similar tones represented in the tiles from Bisazza; also a wider array of options that allow for more playful color interaction. Also, there are brown tones here, Behr did not have any listed in their collection (Cider Spice was the closest).

BISAZZA

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