Colors are so important to our every experience. Even when you don’t notice them, they are there, shaping a place or supporting a visual with warmth or coolness, brightness or darkness, similarity or contrast. The power of color comes from emotion; how we think and feel when we see them. In this article, I will tell about the colors that have been popular in the last year and also we will have a look at 2021 color trends!
In December 2020, The Pantone Color Institute and Shutterstock have released their 2021 color trends. They choose bright and soothing colors that take inspiration from natural elements. Pantone says the Illuminating (a bright yellow) and Ultimate Gray are their 2021 colors of the year. But what are those colors mean? Why they are choose those colors? Let’s find out.
2021 Colors of the Year
These colors aren’t direct fashion colors for 2021. You can use it in your interior too. We will talk about fashion color trends after this title.
First, let’s talk about Illuminating; The bright yellow hue is meant to evoke hope and optimism after a challenging year. The color represents sunshine coming in through the clouds.
Pantone’s second color is Ultimate Gray; this color represents us the community and friendship has become necessary during the pandemic. People want to socialize even more because of quarantine. Paired with illuminating, the ultimate gray carry the message of unity, stability, and hope.
Illuminating and Ultimate Gray look really good and stylish together. Because they are solid colors, they look cool and effortless. And also if you are afraid or not used to using color, Ultimate gray can be considered an easy color to use because it’s actually a basic color. Illuminating is also a vibrant yet easy-to-use yellow color so you can start adding color to your wardrobe with Illuminating.
The other colors of the year that we need to know are Shutterstock’s 2021 color trends. The first color is Set Sail Champagne. This off-white color also means hope and optimism. Shutterstock expects the earthy color to be popular because it is a bright and soothing shade.
Tidewater Green is the second color for the 2021 color trends. This deep teal hue is inspired by the calm of the ocean. Tidewater Green also works as a rich grey to ground lighter and brighter palettes, and it looks beautiful for example with pastel lavender or sage green.
Third and the last Shutterstock color is a rich yellow gold that is named as Fortuna gold. And the color represents the chance happenings and happy coincidences found in life’s moments. This golden yellow is very intense and it likes to be paired with other intense colors. If you want to create a stand out palette; pair Fortuna Gold with other jewel tones, like amethyst purple and turquoise green.
Global Color Trends
Colors have deep emotional meaning and small characteristics of the cultures who use them. Every year, Shutterstock is publishing a list of the most trending colors according to countries. In these colors from 20 countries, we will see how color bring to life because these colors are determinate according to the color intensity of the most searched and downloaded images in the countries.
2021 Fashion Color Trends
In 2021, we have some bold colors like 2021 fashion trends. Vivid colors are in the front row, but earth tones are timeless as always and are in fashion this season too. Now, let’s talk about my favorite 2021 color trends and the meanings of them. After you read this article, if you want to add some color into your wardrobe but don’t know how to style, you can read spring-summer fashion trends and fall-winter fashion trends article too!
First color is Raspberry Sorbet. We love good pink and this is the richest pink! This color has both warm and cold hues.
Second color is Rust: this burnt red-orange color is actually seasonless. We can say this is an earth inspired brown shade inspires by autumn leaves.
The other 2021 color trend shade is Burnt Coral. The pink-orange hue expresses inviviality. It senses our familiarity and comfort, especially because Coral was a recent Pantone Color of the Year.
Fourth one is Mint. Mint is a refreshing and cleansing color, according to Pantone.
Green Ash is another favorite of mine. This pastel green color goes along with the increasing trend of gardening, hiking and other outdoor activities that have become more popular during the pandemic. Pantone explains the color is restorative and regenerative and relates to nature.
My last favorite 2021 color trend is Amethyst Orchid. This bright purple color is one of Pantone’s more unique predictions for spring 2021. If you want to learn more and see what are the other 2021 color trends, you can read the wwd post too.
You can check this video if you are into interior design! 2021 interior colors are very cool too!
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