2021 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful January 1st, and here is to a safe, healthy, and happy 2021.

Pantone has announced their color(s) of the year for 2021. Pantone is a standardization system for color.  Each color has a name and a number.  There are about 1000+ colors, with another 3000+ variations.  They are referenced through CMYK numbers, so manufacturers can get the same color without having to actually see a product.  You can buy chip books,


but these are a bit expensive for the home sewer.  They are meant for businesses to be able to hone in on the perfect color.  Pantone makes it easy to color match.  Even if your screen shows something different, as long as all are using the same color numbers (think of this as a formula), the colors will come out the same.  Businesses can buy the ship books, or can subscribe to a service, which gives them all of the up to date colors.

Each year, Pantone announces the color of the year.  This is the color(s) that they predict will be be ‘big’ in the year – colors that you will see in clothing, fabric, etc.  I often wonder – is it like the chicken and the egg?  Do designers use the Color of the Year because it was predicted?

Normally there is 1 color of the year, but 2021 has 2 colors of the year.  This was also the case in 2016.  “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” Pantone

The first color is


This is a yellow that is bright, cheerful, and warm!


Ultimate Gray

Gray – a neutral that stands the test of time.

“Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Grayand Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”

You can see from the information on the Pantone website that a lot of thought goes in to choosing the color.  What is going on in the world plays a big part in what the color prediction is.

I am betting that we will see a lot of yellow and gray in clothes, fabrics, quilting cottons, etc.

Pantone started the Color of the Year in 2000.  If you want to see the Pantone Color of the Year, here is a site that shows all of the Colors from 2020 – 2021.  If you look through these colors, try to remember back to the clothes and the fabrics that you saw in the stores……

Pantone creates colors for customers that can then be copyrighted.

Tiffany Blue is one of the most protected colors around – the color is not put in the Pantone swatch books and is not available to the public.  The color number (1837) stands for the year Tiffany was started.  Sports teams, as well as businesses use Pantone colors for their goods.

On another note, thankyou to all of you who joined me today for my ‘trip’ to Madeira.  It bought back such wonderful memories!  I am hopeful that I will travel there again.

Have wonderful week, and

Happy Stitching,


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