Pantone reveals 2021's colour of the year – and it's not what you might expect

(Image credit: Pantone)

As 2020 draws to a close, Pantone has released its annual colour of the year. But, according to the colour experts, 2021's vibe is to be expressed in not one, but two separate hues. It's only the second time this has ever happened, which is suitably reflective of the times (they're unprecedented, if you hadn't heard).

The colours chosen (see them above) are 'Illuminating' (Pantone 13-0647, a light yellow), and 'Ultimate Grey' (Pantone 17-5104, the clue's in the name). Given next year is hanging in the balance right now, it could be said that Pantone is covering all bases for how it could pan out. But apparently we're to see the two colours as a 'unified pair' – symbolising the solidarity that will be needed for what's ahead. If you want to learn more about the importance of colour, see our guide to colour theory.

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.