Pantone has been forecasting color trends for twenty years. Generally they choose one color to be the color of the year, but this year is unique because they chose two colors, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
I feel these two colors are the perfect way to start the new year. 2020 was a challenging year for most people of the world and has left many feeling alone and hopeless. We all had to adjust to a new way of life and that new life required sacrifices. Colors can not change our circumstances, but they can alter our moods. I do not know if Covid-19 affected Pantone's decision on Colors of the Year, but I am glad they chose these two colors. The warm grey of Ultimate Gray reminds us to stay grounded and makes us feel secure and comfortable while the bright yellow of Illuminating makes us want to smile and to be hopeful. We need to feel grounded and hopeful as we begin 2021. The Pandemic is not over and even once it is there will be plenty of work to rebuild what it destroyed, but there is hope. Vaccines are being administered, treatments are improving and the human race is resilient. Pantone's colors reflect the place we are and the place we want to be.
Let's embrace these colors and let them lift our spirits in 2021.
Here is the link to Pantone if you want more information about them and the colors of the year.