Ultimate Gray + Illuminating: Pantone’s Color of the Year

Ultimate Gray + Illuminating Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year, a hypnotic duo of hues of a solid gray hue taken from our own Pacific Northwest, weathered pebbled beaches, and a cheerfully bright & warm yellow inspiration for your 2021 wedding colors and beyond.

Pantone 2021 Color of the Year Ultimate Gray + Illuminating.jpgPantone debuted its 2021 Color(s) of the Year, Ultimate Gray + Illuminating, and we’re thoroughly embracing this color after the challenging year 2020 was! A hypnotic duo of hues of a solid gray hue taken from our own Pacific Northwest, weathered pebbled beaches, and a cheerfully bright & warm yellow. Pantone calls these colors “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting”. Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Color Institute shared “The selection of two independent colors — PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating — to be our Pantone Color of the Year for 2021 conveys the idea that is not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one,” which we believe really drives home the idea of marriage.They communicate a deeper understanding of the importance of relationships and our need for one another.” which couldn’t be more true after our year of social-distancing and quarantining. Additionally “Studies have found that the color yellow is most often associated with joy, while gray can be a bit more moody.” which perfectly captures a 2021 wedding and beyond design and emotional intention.pantone-color-of-the-year-2021-lee-eiseman-quote.pngYou can use these colors in a variety of ways. Ultimate Gray works well as a dominant wedding palette color as it acts as a neutral base while Illuminating yellow acts as the accent pop of color hue. We love adding the pop of colors beyond the self-evident places such as your table centerpieces, bridal bouquet and boutonnières and seeing them as anchoring pieces like shown below in the sweetheart table seating and signature cocktails.
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{Image Sources: Yellow Sofa Sweetheart Table from Vintage Ambiance, image by Miguel Cornelio Photography; Glam Illuminating Wedding Ceremony Chairs from CORT Party Rental, image by Jenn Tai Photo Artistry; Illuminating Yellow Bridal Bouquet from Countryside Floral and Garden, image by La Vie Photography; Boutonnière and Gray Grooms Suit image from Arlene Chambers Photography; Gray Bridal Wrap and Veil via Something Blue Bridal Boutique; Miss to Mrs. Tiered Bridal Cake from The SweetSide; Outdoor Tented Wedding Reception at JM Cellars featuring rentals from CORT Party Rental and Vintage Ambiance, image via Jenn Tai Photo Artistry; Gray and White Place-setting from CORT Party Rental; Hanging Yellow Lantern from Vintage Ambiance, image by Jenn Tai Photo Artistry; Lemon Cocktail in Silver Rimmed Coupe Glass from Party on the Rocks; Vintage Yellow and Floral Place-setting from Vintage Ambiance, image by Jenn Tai Photo Artistry; Yellow and Gray Reception Table from CORT Party Rental, image by Alante Photography}

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Watch for our additional wedding inspiration color theme boards in the coming months that will showcase Pantone’s Color Trend Reports for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.


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