This year, things are a bit different as Pantone has introduced not one but two Colours of the Year for 2021 - Ultimate Grey, a pale, soft dove grey and Illuminating, a buttercup yellow. According to Pantone’s trend forecasters, two colours were chosen because “it became apparent that there was never going to be one colour that could express everything that needed to be expressed - that it was, instead, critical to have two independent colours that could come together.” After the year we’ve all had, they have a point!
So, how to use yellow and grey in the home? The combination is not without its detractors. Vogue describes it as ‘really weird’ and others have said that it conjures up images of hi vis vests and road markings! That said, colour psychologists tell us grey is the perfect neutral that works well as an accent or backdrop, and yellow is the ultimate colour for creating sunny, happy spaces. So, this ‘marriage of strength and optimism’ is definitely worth considering. Here are our three top tips to get the pairing of yellow and grey right.