This Year’s Color of the Year

Pantone Trending Colors 2021

You might not recognize it, but everything you buy, from kitchen appliances to automobiles to clothing and more, is impacted by the color industry. That’s because, for the past 22 years, the Pantone Color Institute has selected a Color of the Year that influences the trends in color for the upcoming year. At Bretz Interiors serving the greater Denver area, we know that many people are interested in color and learning more about it, so we’re happy to inform them about what the Color Institute has selected for 2021. Read on to learn more!

2021 Color(s) of the Year

Did you spot the “s” in the header above? That’s because this year, instead of just one Color of the Year, the Color Institute has tapped two. This has happened only once before—in 2016. “The selection of two independent colors highlights how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person; it’s about more than one,” noted Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. The colors are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray (which evokes a sense of dependable natural elements such as beach pebbles) and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating (which is bright, cheerful, and vivacious).

Why Trending Colors Are Important

Color is not a designer’s whim. Color trends come from where we are, where we want to go, and how people are feeling or not feeling. “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,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute.

How to Add Ultimate Gray and Illuminating to Your Home

These colors can bring a ray of sunshine and a drop of positivity to any room. Add them in your bedding, tableware, and throw pillows and blankets. Paint a small wall gray and a larger wall yellow to convey a welcoming message. Bring them in through window fashions or coordinating side panels and drapery. Check out the Design Studio™ from Hunter Douglas for options, including Gray-wood or Storm Grays in Rebecca Atwood’s collection, Saffron in the Transcend collection, or Fresco in the Wilson collection.

Using the Colors of the Year in Lakewood

Bretz Interiors is a family-owned business located in Lakewood and serving the greater Denver area. In operation since 1959, we focus on delivering high quality products and exceptional service to every client. Our showroom has a wide variety of displays and our sales team is happy to assist you with any questions you may have!


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