Color(s) of The Year: Illuminating + Ultimate Grey

February 09, 2021

Like all forecasts, Color of The Year can occasionally miss the mark. We’ll never try to convince clients that they should choose lime or magenta because it’s au courant, but sometimes the color gurus are spot on and this year is no exception. Pantone has named a bright, balanced duo- Illuminating and Ultimate Gray pairs a sunny yellow with a dreamy, serene neutral. It’s a timeless combination we love for modern interiors with a pretty pop. Below, we’ve gathered a selection of projects in the palette and team picks and references.

Material Board 3
Our interiors team created this material palette- a warm, textural take on the combination - for a New York City client.
GLM Main House McKendree 45
Yellow accents enhance grey interiors by Workshop/APD in a Bahamas escape (L) and a West Side penthouse (R)
DDP 7794 Web
Joe Columbo Total Furnishing Unit
Joe Columbo's Total Furnishing Unit (1972) - which resides at NY's Museum of Modern Art - is a homogeneous living system in contrasting warm and cool tones.
Donna Dotan 4756
Warm golden lighting and art enhance a neutral palette in an NYC apartment (L) and an Asbury Park, NJ beach house (R).
2019 10 22 WorkshopAPD 0092 V3
Kettal Mesh Outdoor Lounge Furniture
The palette appears in Kettal's mesh outdoor lounge furniture.
DDP 9103 Web
Love a trend color but want a little less commitment? A collection on monochromatic accessories provides a pop of yellow and can be easily updated if the next big hue appeals.
2019 10 22 WorkshopAPD 0107
Hem Design Studio's large Round Bon Pouf in Honey
Aparthotel Playasol Jabeque Soul
Dramatic interiors at the Aparthotel Playasol Jabeque Soul by Aixut Interiorisme (L) and Kriska Decor's gradient Mesh Screen paired in warm golden and cool grey tones.
Air Jordan 1 , Neutral Grey
Pair the exclusive Air Jordan 1CO.JP in its “Neutral Grey” colorway with bright yellow accessories.

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