How to Incorporate the 2021 Pantone Colors in Your Life

Pantone’s “Ultimate Gray” and “Illuminating Yellow” were announced as the Colors of the Year for 2021, which perfectly encapsulate the message of aspiration and hope – something we surely need after everything that has happened in 2020. As expected, we’ll be seeing a lot more of these complimentary colors in fashion, interior, and marketing trends.

To inspire you to incorporate them into your everyday life, we’ve compiled a list of ideas that will brighten up your space or help build your wardrobe.



A subtle way to spruce up your space is to add pieces with a pop of color. It could be minor details like swapping out your old stools for something modern.


Framed photos do the trick, too.


Or if you’re wanting something that’s more eye-catching, how about yellow kitchen cabinets? Just imagine how cheery it feels cooking in here.

Décor Items

Curtains, throw pillows, and rugs are pieces that add texture and help define your space. Applying the Pantone 2021 colors in your living room naturally livens it up and gives off an inviting ambiance.  


Homewares are a nice touch because they’re not just pretty to look at, they’re also functional. You don’t even have to buy a complete set, as long as it’s well-curated.

Accent Walls

One way to give new life to a room without having to spend too much is a fresh coat of paint. Go all out and paint every wall or pick one side to accentuate.



Not everyone is bold enough to pull off a yellow blazer, but that doesn’t mean you should stray from that color altogether. How about a sweater instead?


Pair it with stylish footwear or a dainty bag and you’re good to go.


Complete the look with matching makeup. Experiment with the official color palette from VDL Cosmetic’s collection.


Make a statement with yellow and grey streaks in your hair. It’s a step up from the two-toned hair trend.


Or make a statement with your nails — whichever works for you.

There are so many other ways to include Pantone’s colors of the year and these are just some of them. Pinterest and Instagram are filled with more creative ideas if you’re looking for a specific style.

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