Colour of the Year for 2021

Every year, experts reveal the colours that will influence the following year, after much thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. Here's a round-up of the colours chosen for 2021 by some of the leading influencers in the world of colour: Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Akzo Nobel (Dulux).


Pantone -  17-5104 Ultimate Gray & 13-0647 Illuminating

The colour of the year 2021 - PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

Image source: Pantone

This year, Pantone has broken tradition once again and have revealed two ‘colours of the year’, instead of one. The colours are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating - a shade of grey and a shade of yellow respectively. The two independent colours were brought together to create an aspirational colour pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day.

Since 2000, Pantone has been a globally renowned authority as a colour trendsetter and forecaster. The chosen colour of the year tends to be widely used through multiple design disciplines such as graphic design, fashion design, branding, packaging and interiors.


Benjamin Moore - Aegean Teal 2136-40

A picture of designer Benjamin Moore using the colour of the year 2021 - Aegean Teal 2136-40.

Image source: Benjamin Moore

Take a moment to reflect and reset. Intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021, Aegean Teal 2136-40, creates natural harmony. In addition to the new release, Benjamin Moore has also devised a companion set of colour palettes to work in conjunction with this Colour of the Year 2021 - "the twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and wellbeing. These are colours that make your home feel even more like home."


Dulux - Brave Ground

A picture of a design by Dulux, Dulux unveiled Brave Ground as their colour of the year for 2021.

Image source: Dulux

Dulux has unveiled Brave Ground as their colour of the year for 2021, a warm, natural neutral, that brings a bolstering, balancing feel to any room. It’s also a versatile shade that lets other colours shine. The inspiration for this colour is driven by the creative team based in Akzo Nobel's Global Aesthetic Centre. As part of the process, designers from various industries and design disciplines gather and collaborate over trend forecasting. In addition to Spiced Honey, the company has also released accompanying colour palettes Expressive, Trust, Timeless and Earth colours. 


While these trends will prove to be influential in 2021, the colour remains a subjective part of the design process. 

Which colour do you prefer? Will you be using these in your designs in 2021? Let us know what you think.


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Written by: Ines Tome

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