The ‘Color of the Year’ has finally been announced by Pantone and they bring not one, but two, fantastic shades for us to swoon over. That’s right, 2021’s leading act is a duo, singing in harmony for a fresh, optimistic and sunshine-filled performance. One that can raise the spirits, in a time where people around the world really need their confidence restored. Described by Pantone as “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting”, this is set to be the biggest color trend for interiors come springtime.
It brings together 'PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating' and 'PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey' for a youthful yet sophisticated pairing, with the cheerful yellow hue setting the mood and refreshing tired design concepts. But let us not be mistaken. The main narrative for this couple is not just about brightness and warmth. The thoughtful grey counterpart brings balance, adding a timeless element to the sparkling and vivacious solar storyline.
Solid, dependable and resilient, the grey contrast has been carefully selected to stand the test of time. Together, these colors are truly aspirational and will give a contemporary twist to your home. If you love this double act as much as we do, here are some beautiful wallpapers that complement the Pantone Colors of the Year.
Simple colors for a fresh approach
Mural in photo: Grey and Mustard Watercolour
Need a living room overhaul? Raring to press the refresh button? If you’ve followed the all-grey-everything rule for too long and your living space is leaving you a bit flat, a splash of color could do the trick!
Watercolor is the best way to go when you want color purity, and our Grey and Mustard Watercolour mural creates instant vibrancy. While it has the wow factor, it doesn’t steal away from a minimalist setup, giving you the perfect balance for a modern, clean and uncluttered home.
Gorgeous graphics to celebrate our love of wildlife
Mural in photo: Soul Birds Cockatoo
This spectacular Soul Birds Cockatoo mural is by Yani Mengoni, an Argentinian-born designer who creates her illustrations by hand before adding color digitally. This mural is part of her Soul Birds collection, which tells the story of nature and symbolism.
The cockatoo is often a symbol of change and light at the end of the tunnel, making this wallpaper extremely fitting for Pantone’s optimistic color pairing. And as we recently discussed on our blog, dynamic displays of wildlife in the home can work wonders for your mental health. Animals can lift our mood by breathing life into our surroundings and the subtle use of yellow with splashes of green against the grey are an ode to nature’s palette.
Colorful forest scenes that ooze organic
Mural in photo: A Poplar Tree Forest in Autumn
Bringing the outdoors in has become one of the most sought after styles in the modern home and forest and tree murals are particularly popular. This forest wallpaper is an instant elixir for adding vitality, energy and color to a tired space. Much like the Pantone duo, the warm and happy yellow mixed with a sturdy grey creates a sense of hope, confidence and anticipation for better days ahead.
This type of mural screams out for organic décor and neutral color combinations. Beautiful wicker baskets, untreated wood finishes and lush indoor plant life are a match made in heaven for any gold-hued forest scene like this one.
Surface pattern design = easy symmetry and order
Mural in photo: Organic Interweaving Light
This Organic Interweaving Light leaf print wallpaper helps to create symmetrical proportion and balance, while bringing your room up-to-date with similar colors to the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021.
Although this The Tiny Garden is a little more muted, you may find this mural a lot easier on the eye. Complementing neutral greys, creams and beiges in your furnishings, it’s a simple way to add a pop of color without going outside of your comfort zone. Perfect for feature walls and focal points, and ideal for those who worry about headache-inducing yellows.
Subtle yet eye-catching geos for every room
Mural in photo: Little Triangles
One of the best ways to channel next year’s Pantone color duo is with geometric patterns. Wallpapers like this Little Triangles mural keeps your color scheme clean, fresh and simple. This means you can create a seamless look, one that doesn’t disrupt the status quo, upsetting an already carefully considered interior concept.
Geometric patterns are a big design trend for 2021 and are surprisingly versatile. They can be used in so many different ways in the home, in just about any room, and can channel everything from uber-futuristic vibes to retro and mid-century mod.
Embrace color splash with Pantone Colors of the Year
Mural in photo: New York Taxi Colour Splash
2021 brings a fresh start for people around the world and for many of us it means the prospect of travel. For those who love to explore new countries, cities or off-the-beaten-path locations, geographical wall murals can be a great boost of inspiration.
Our New York Taxi Colour Splash photo wallpaper is shot by photographer Assaf Frank, who combines digital post-production to align with his perfectionist approach to landscape art. This color splash mural is a classic way of injecting color, but in a measured way. The grey hues work well in any home, keeping things stylish and sophisticated, while the burst of yellow adds a ray of sunshine on a dull day.
Grown-up hues that embrace this color trend
Mural in photo: Transparent Gold
While 'PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating' is a bright sunshine yellow, there are many variations of this color that can give you the same summer feeling. For a more grown-up take on this delightful hue, opt for something with deeper, more golden tones. This will add a warm glow to a neutral or cool living space, breathing life into your interiors and creating a welcoming reception where guests feel right at home. Combine clean white furnishings and décor with a grounding, robust and humble grey, as inspired by Pantone, and keep things fresh with some organic finishes.
This stylish Transparent Gold wallpaper by Carol Robinson is a charming take on the Pantone Colors of the Year and is ideal for warming up any south-facing room.
Do you love next year’s Colors of the Year from Pantone? Let us know your favourite wallpapers in the comments below, or tell us what colors are inspiring your home projects in 2021…