Pantone Colors of the Year 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

January 15, 2021

Pantone have selected PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray & PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating as Colors of the Year 2021. A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.

The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. 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. – Executive Director of Pantone.

Pairing PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, the color of highest visibility and reflectivity with resilient PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray produces a visually noticeable message no matter where it appears. The coupling of friendly Illuminating with quietly assuring Ultimate Gray infuses a message of vitality into a firm foundation of reliability, wisdom and experience for packaging and multi-media design.

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