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 perhaps 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:

1. De Gournay x Erdem wallpaper in Imperial Yellow by Erdem Moralioglu

2. Kaya lamp by WeraJaneDesign

3. Untitled (Figure in Doorway) by artist Robert Motherwell

4. Herringbone yellow pillow

5. Fritz Hansen AJ Tassel cushions by Arne Jacobsen

6. Cassina 556 Sengu Sofa Sofa by Patricia Urquiola

7. Vitra Herringbone tray by Raw-Edges

From Vitra

8. Moroso Bohemian Chaise Longue by Patricia Urquiola

From Xtra

9. Luxxy Chair in Yellow

10. Horizon Mirror

11. Edra On the Rocks Sofa by Francesco Binfare

From Space Furniture

12. Ceramic Clock

From Vitra 

13. Diesel Living Longwave lounge chair

From Xtra

14. Omino-Poser permanent environment cleansing illumination by Sugo

15. Linie Design Kisho grey rug

16. Punt Mobles Stockholm Console by Mario Ruiz

17. Honeysuckle candle, from Loewe

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