Pantone Colour 2021 a durable and vibrant duo

Pantone Color 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, two independent colors responsible for setting trends in fashion and textiles with a hopeful message.

Classic Blue was the color chosen by Pantone last year to mark 2020. The American company presented it to us as a color that offered solidity and confidence, however, it became a true representation of the mood as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, Pantone has chosen two new tones: Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating. Two independent colors underlining how two opposing elements can attract each other.

The company this year wanted to make a statement of purpose, as we can interpret that in a shady world there’s always a beam of light with hope. 


As Leatrice Eiseman, Executive director of Pantone Color Institute, says:

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.

This combination presents us 2021 in which we must be visible and raise our voices to be heard. It also shows in two colors the innovation and the intuition: but at the same time the wisdom, experience, and intelligence. This inspires an entire generation.

The Color of the Year 2021 in fashion textiles

The colors chosen for 2021 represent the classic colors found in fashion and textiles. In the case of Ultimate Gray, we usually find it in brushed fabrics such as sportswear and tracksuits. It’s a fabric that stands out its gentle smooth contact with the skin and providing great thermal insulation as well.

Another most widespread uses of this grey variation is in denim fabrics, to make a difference to all the washed indigo colors.

The bright yellow illuminate is a color that is widely used in cotton fabrics. A very spring-summer color that brings us this warm vibrant ray of sunshine; a cheerful and friendly tone to wear.  

This is how Pantone chooses the color of the year

Pantone Color Institute is a world leader in colour. This American company is the creator of the Pantone Matching System (PMS), a colour chart system that allows all colours to be quickly catalogued and identified by family and put at the service of fashion and design.

After an in-depth analysis of new trends and influences in various industrial sectors, such as the textile and fashion industry, to mention just a few, a group of specialists have been responsible for choosing the colour of the year that will set the trend for more than 20 years.