Cover Fritz Hansen AJ Tassel cushions by Arne Jacobsen, from W. Atelier

Decorate your home for 2021 with these trendy furniture pieces inspired by Illuminating and Ultimate Gray, which have been selected as the Pantone Colour of the Year

After a turbulent year, the best thing that we can do is to look forward—that is the message that the Pantone Color Institute hopes to convey, with its selection for the Colour of the Year 2021. For the year ahead, the colour expert has selected two contrasting shades: Illuminating (a sunny yellow) and Ultimate Gray, with the intention to bring forth an uplifting message of optimism and perseverance. 

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

The effect of colour on our mood has been well-studied—warm colours can brighten your day, while sedate tones can create a calming mood. Test out these mood-lifting effects with our selection of furnishings and artworks inspired by these trending hues:

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De Gournay x Erdem wallpaper in Imperial Yellow by Erdem Moralioglu

Available from

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Kaya lamp by WeraJaneDesign

Available from The Artling

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Untitled (Figure in Doorway) by artist Robert Motherwell

Available from Michelman Fine Art

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Herringbone yellow pillow

Available from W. Atelier

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Fritz Hansen AJ Tassel cushions by Arne Jacobsen

Available from W. Atelier

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Cassina 556 Sengu Sofa Sofa by Patricia Urquiola

Available from Space Furniture

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Vitra Herringbone tray by Raw-Edges

Available from Vitra

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Moroso Bohemian Chaise Longue by Patricia Urquiola

Available from Xtra

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Luxxy Chair in Yellow

Available from Living with Dot

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Horizon Mirror

Available from Tatler Homes Curates 

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Edra On the Rocks Sofa by Francesco Binfare

Available from Space Furniture

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Ceramic Clock

Available from Vitra

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Diesel Living Longwave lounge chair

Available from Xtra

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Omino-Poser permanent environment cleansing illumination by Sugo

Available from The Artling

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Linie Design Kisho grey rug

Available from P5 Studio

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Punt Mobles Stockholm Console by Mario Ruiz

Available from P5 Studio

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Honeysuckle candle, from Loewe

Available from Loewe