2021 Color of the Year – Illuminating

Bright Sunshine, Butterfly wings, Bird Plumage, and flowers…. What do these all have in common? They can be “Illuminating”, the Pantone Color of the Year! This year, Pantone selected 2 colors to represent 2021, and the combination is beautiful!

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly…


What can be found in nature that embodies this color? American Goldfinches and Tiger Swallowtails really work for the 2021 year with their yellow and black/grey wings. Below, I went through my archives and selected my favorites, and will definitely be on the watch in 2021 for this vibrant and warm color combo.

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