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Actually, make that colors of the year.

Nothing about 2020 went as expected. Traditions bucked and changed. But we’ve all adapted and so has Pantone. For 2021 they’ve chosen two colors, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, to represent what’s to come. Here’s what Pantone had to say about the colors and what they mean for the upcoming year:

“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. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which 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.”

Uplifting and grounded, we’re behind the colors and the sentiment. Here’s some of our fave yellow and gray spaces for every room in your house:

Velvet Living Room

Yellow velvet pillows and chairs combined with a gray coffee table and rug bring a cozy, sunny vibe to this living room. Bold artwork and purple flowers round out the space.

Image via House Beautiful

Ikat Kitchen

We’re loving the contrast of the bright yellow table and muted yellow walls paired with an ikat print yellow and gray loveseat. This sunny kitchen is one we’d love to hang out in with our morning coffee. How about you?

Image via House Beautiful

Lemon-tinged Bedroom

This contemporary bedroom is extra dreamy with a mix of neutrals, gray, and yellows. Relaxed glam at its best. Could you see yourself getting some zzz’s here?

Image via Decoist

Shady Bath

We’re more than mildly obsessed with the bright yellow shades and tub here. The pop is made more impactful against the creamy gray walls. Add some bubble bath and champagne = perfection!

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Dining Blooms

What do you get when you pair classic Parson’s dining chairs, blooming wallpaper with matching shades, and a corduroy wingback chair all in one dining room? Eclectic femininity.

Image via HGTV

Here’s to an Ultimate Gray and Illuminating 2021.

Happy and safe New Year to you and yours!

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