At the end of 2020, the Pantone Color Institute stunned us with the announcement of the Pantone Color(s) of the Year for 2021. It appeared that instead of one incredible color we got a combination of two which are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

The Depositphotos content curators created a vibrant collection of trending Pantone-inspired visuals. And in this article, we will finally show you some of them and give practical tips for using the Pantone colors in your projects.

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The Pantone colors of the year 2021. What are they about? 

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are not independent colors but a balanced color pair. As it is with other Pantone color choices, there is deep symbolism behind them. This time, it is a story of the relationship between the bright shade of yellow and the solid gray that represents calmness and fortitude.

‘A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting’, that’s how they announced the Pantone Color 2021 at the Pantone Color Institute. According to their opinion, this color combination disposes us to friendliness and thoughtfulness.

The ‘Illuminating’ color also symbolizes the achievements and joy that await us in the future, while ‘Ultimate Gray’ is about confidence in what’s happening today, as well as calmness and resilience.


Where we spotted the Pantone color of the year 2021

Modern outfits

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Traditional cuisine

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Visiting some rural areas

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Offices during the lockdown

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Home interiors

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Walking down the street

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Taking a break at your favorite pastry shop

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Spending time at the zoological museum

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Meeting your artistic friend downtown

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Watching adventure movie in the evening

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…and where to use the Pantone color unit of the year

Printed product design

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Getting ready for a family party

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Running your culinary blog

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Visualizing heroes for your explainer animation

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Sharing your tourism-related articles online

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Adding references to your architecture project

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Creating patterns to present your product in an extraordinary way

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Looking for the perfect background image

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The Pantone colors of the year are a great source of ideas for those looking for a color scheme that is not just well-balanced and appealing but also has a strong social message.

This year, the message you share using this combination by Pantone will always be trendy. By opting for this color contract solution, you can also share a positive message about hope as intended by Pantone. It’s also part of our project, as Symbols of Optimism is a trend about similar color schemes in the annual Visual Trends Report.

Сheck out dozens of visuals from our Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 collection and fill your future projects with optimistic vibes.

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