Color of the year 2021 announced: PANTONE 17-5104 & PANTONE 13-0647

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Pantone, the global color authority, announced two colors, "Ultimate gray and Illuminating Yellow " as the color of the year 2021.
According to the company, it is a story of color that encapsulates more deep-seated feelings of indulgence with the promise of something cheery and friendly. Pantone says the overall color direction is all re-defining and adding Strength and happiness among the consumers, especially when people are living in Chaos.

This is the second time in 22 years of Pantone's history chosen two-color of the years. The first time was in 2015 when Rose Quartz and Serenity were chosen, and It is also the first time that a gray has received attention and particularly the second time for a yellow. As it happens, both shades were added to the Pantone color wheel earlier this year, along with Period Red.

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 message of happiness supported by strength, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything will get brighter – 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 color of the year 2021
Pantone color of the year 2021
Pantone color of the year 2021 - PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating


PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements that 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.

PANTONE Color Of The Year 2021 at Catwalk Spring summer 2021

Valentino, Versace and Etro presented the PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating for the dress and denim category at Milan and Paris fashion week 28 September to 06 October 2020 while Ultimate gray appeared at the show of Ferragamo and Snow Xue Gao show.

PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating


Versace S/S 2021

Etro ss2021

Valentino SS2021

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray


Snow Xue Gao

Ultimate gray

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