One of the best things about using color in your home is that it’s an affordable and effective way to celebrate your style. Interior designers know that color has the power to take a room from average to fabulous. Keep reading for ways to bring the Pantone Color of the Year into your home.

Pantone Color of the Year

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2021 is a combination of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. The Illuminating color is a happy yellow that, when paired with the cool Ultimate Gray, will bring bright, cheerful vibes along with a satisfying neutral palette to your home. Placing these two colors together is a sure way to say goodbye to the slightly dull all-neutral designs prevalent in many recent designs.

One of the benefits to incorporating a little, or a lot, of the Pantone Color of the Year in your home is that you won’t have to look hard to find it. Indeed, many consumer product designers take inspiration from the Pantone Institute when designing for the upcoming seasons. Expect to see yellow and gray on everything from throw pillows to coffee makers this year.

Still, even the most magnificent colors don’t remain in style forever. A smart way to think about using these colors is to find affordable and fun ways to include them in your decorating style. Never forget that the goal of furnishing your home is to create a sanctuary that embraces your unique aesthetic.

8 Color of the Year Tips

Color is such a fun and simple way to add your decorating sparkle to your home’s interior and exterior parts. Here are eight terrific tips for saluting the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year.

No.1- Pillows and Throws

Who doesn’t love shopping for pillows and throws? What’s more, you can indulge your love of comfy sofa accessories while also giving a happy nod to yellow and gray. Swapping last year’s pillow colors for something different is a super affordable way to embrace the colors of the year.

No.2- Welcome Mat

Give your entryway some colorful pop with a new yellow and gray doormat. Read this Huffington Post article for tips on buying a terrific welcome mat.

No.3- Kitchen Towels

Head to your favorite kitchen supply store for some stylish kitchen towels. You’ll be amazed at how easily a few well-placed kitchen towels can give a color boost to your kitchen.

No.4- A Yellow Front Door

Have you always longed to paint your front door a bright color? If so, take a recommendation from Better Homes & Gardens and paint it yellow.

No.5- Wallpaper an Accent Wall

Now, we know that wallpaper hasn’t recently enjoyed the most user-friendly reputation among homeowners. That is a shame since wallpaper can highlight your style in a way that few other wall coverings can achieve. With that said, be bold and wallpaper at least one wall this year.

No.6- Paint

Buying a can of paint won’t ruin your budget, and it is a fantastic way to use this year’s gray and yellow. Consider painting your walls with a cool gray and accessorizing the room with a cheerful yellow.

No.7- Area Rug

Purchasing a fabulous area rug is a beautiful way to sneak this year’s colors into a room. HGTV has some advice on selecting an ideal area rug here.

No.8- Coffee Mugs

Let’s be honest—you probably spend more time with a coffee mug than you do with almost any other dish in your house. Why not splurge on vintage gray and yellow mugs to hold your morning brew?

Take the above suggestions as a decorating starting point. Go slow until you know if these two colors make you happy. You are in control of your decorating colors. You always get to choose the colors and shades that bring you joy.

Last Thoughts

Lastly, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2021 combination works to bring us the cool neutral of a rock gray and a bright, cheerful yellow. Follow our interior design tips for affordable, no-hassle ways to salute this dynamic color duo.

Would you like assistance choosing colors to highlight your decorating style? Samantha Lee Designs loves helping Eugene area homeowners bring today’s fashions into a long-lasting decorating plan. Contact us, and we’ll show you how much fun it can be to play with color.