What is the colour of the year 2021?

Pantone is a big influence in the world of interiors and their colour of the year is eagerly anticipated.  For 2021 they have chosen two contrasting colours, Ultimate Grey, the colour of pebbles on a beach, and Illuminating, a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity. Luxe 39 demonstrates how to use these beautiful colours in your home.


Pantone describes Ultimate Grey and Illuminating as, ‘two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. A message of happiness supported by fortitude, Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.'

Luxe 39 has these two shades in their house colours.  We call them Silver Grey and Mustard Yellow and they are two of our all time best sellers.  We have even combined these two on trend colours in one double sided cushion as pictured above:

If you are thinking that these colours are quite pale and are wondering 'how do I clean velvet cushions?' please read our article dedicated to this question.

These versatile colours work brilliantly in broad colour schemes. They sit well in a pastel pallet which works well in both bedrooms and sitting rooms:



They work in a citrus colour scheme with grey softening the brighter, sharper shades and acting as a great neutral backing.



Or how about in a kitchen setting with the ever chic addition of a navy velvet cushion in the mix?


Here you can see that the kitchen is already painted in Ultimate Grey as this colour has been popular for a long time and is hugely versatile.  This goes to show that when it comes to the colours in your home it's fine to be influenced by new trends as it can be a great way to introduce unexpected colours into your life, but it doesn't mean it is all 'out with the old'.  If you love a colour it is always on trend for you.

Illuminating and Ultimate Grey don't need to be used together.  They are both colours which work well independently. 

Ultimate grey has real staying power due to its versatility and subtle beauty.  We love how grey cushions contrasts with Emerald Green velvet cushions (the Pantone colour of the year in 2013) and with Blush velvet cushions (Pantone colour of the year in 2016).


And Illuminating (or Mustard Yellow as we call it) is a surprisingly versatile colour which works in any room setting. 

Like grey, it contrasts surprisingly well with Blush and works equally well in both sitting room settings and bedrooms and shown below:


For a burst of freshness and vibrancy how about adding this colour to a child's room with other primary coloured cushions:



Or doubling yellow with other pop art colours to make two tone velvet cushions which look great in a comic book themed room for kids:



Luxe 39 is the home of colour and the place to come when you want to inject colour into your home.  Given the amount of time we have all been spending in our homes lately it has never been more essential to make them happy spaces and colour is a key to this.

We hope this blog post has given a little colour inspiration.  If you would like a colour consultation for advice on which cushions would work in your home then drop us an email to helen@luxe39.com.



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