Color authority PANTONE has done it again, bringing us not one but two powerful hues for the year 2021. Two hues from opposite ends of the design spectrum meet to create a concept that speaks to the times. As many across the globe struggle with feelings of uncertainty, PANTONE aims to bring in some hope. According to PANTONE:
PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.
A properly designed space with the right color combination has the ability to uplift the mood. With these two complementary yet versatile shades, the possibilities for design are endless. Here are some attractive ideas for using PANTONE’s two new colors of the year in your kitchen space.
Illuminating Pops of Yellow
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The simplest and most accessible use of PANTONE’s colors for 2021 is by using gray cabinetry as the base for your kitchen design and adding pops of yellow. The contrast between the muted gray and bright yellow is so drastic that only one or two yellow elements are necessary to create a strikingly beautiful aesthetic. Too many yellow elements may start to overwhelm the space.
Take, for example, the kitchen above. The bright yellow stove and decorative canisters are more than enough to make a statement in the kitchen space. Rather than a completely yellow backsplash, brief peeks of yellow on a multicolored design supports the yellow in the room without over-saturating the space. While the gray cabinets alone might have made the space somewhat boring, the pops of yellow help to add an unmistakable, vibrant energy to the space.
Minimalist approaches work really well with this color combination. The gray kitchen above finds its illumination from yellow-hued pendant lights and a hanging pot holder. A simple vase and flower pot with yellow flowers on each countertop tie the whole thing together without adding too much. Incorporating PANTONE’s 2021 colors in your kitchen design requires very little commitment. Just a pop of yellow is enough to warm up even the coolest gray rooms.
Similarly, this kitchen incorporates yellow into the otherwise monotonous gray and white space. The yellow chairs and countertop flowers help to bolster the warming affect of the hardwood floors.
Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are at home in gray, white or even two-toned gray & white kitchens, and you can utilize them in subtle, even abstract ways. Mosaic and designer tiles that incorporate the yellow & gray theme are great options for a backsplash, or even flooring. Window valences, chair covers, wall art, kitchen towels, countertop storage containers, plates, bowls and utensils are other interesting places wherein you can incorporate these colors without spending too much money.
PANTONE wants these two hues to remind us that strength can be found in optimism. If the message and the colors speak to you, there are a variety of ways that you can incorporate them into your kitchen space. It’s a perfect way to brighten and warm up any gray kitchen, and doesn’t require any expensive or extensive remodeling to achieve. Simply finding a way to add the illuminating pops of yellow will transform your space dramatically.