…Ultimate Gray (17-5104) + Illuminating (13-0647). The Illuminating color (a shade of yellow), makes me think of the new Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, and her penchant for yellow. She rocked one of the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year at her inaugural poetry reading (whether intentional or not!).
According to the Pantone website, this combination is “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” Well, that’s a welcome message after a difficult 2020 year! Here’s to hoping we’re all feeling a little more illuminated and ultimate in 2021.
In the Pantone news release about the colors, Illuminating is described as a “bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power,” and the Ultimate Gray as “emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.”
As far as painting your house goes, would you choose Illuminating or Ultimate Gray? Personally, I could see painting a room gray, but the other might be a bit too yellow for me, but as an accent color it is perfect. I actually have a small yellow bathroom where I put on make up and wanted the bright sunny color in the mornings when getting ready. What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below!
Another year, another color. The Pantone Color Institute has selected its 2018 “Color of the Year,” which it expects to influence design choices next year. According to the release, Pantone chose Ultra Violet because it conveys “originality and ingenuity.” They said they are fascinated and intrigued by the shade.
I can’t disagree. It is a lovely shade of purple, which to me represents a majestic royalty – something or someone who is the best in their field. New apple watches are of a similar color, for example. It’s just a sheer coincidence that I like this color so much and also happen to color all my logos with a similar hue. Total coincidence. Objectivity at its finest!
In all seriousness, it is a really neat color, and I applaud Pantone for its choice. As for using it in a house? I have mixed emotions on that. It is pretty strong, and could freak people out to use such a deep, dark color on walls and other features of a home.
That said, this Houzz article includes some great shots of rooms redecorated with the Ultra Violet hue, and you can see that – if used properly – it would really make certain rooms pop.
From the Pantone website itself, they call the Ultra Violet color (PANTONE shade 18-3838) “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.” Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, says:
“We are living in a time that requires invetiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spirituatl reflection, ituitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”
Purple shades are always associated with royalty and artistic excellence (so, again, if someone like, say, you’re real estate agent had a purple logo…just saying!), as made famous by icons like Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.
Also according to the Pantone website: “Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.
Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”
Wow, that’s like a color horoscope, and makes me proud to have a similarly-shaded color scheme to my work!
Everything’s coming up Better Homes and Gardens right now. Even Pantone’s Color of the Year is “Greenery,” which is very similar to what we use here at BHG.
Check out the story on the Color of the Year, which Pantone describes as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” As an outdoor enthusiast and BHG realtor, I love this. But, I probably won’t be painting my walls this color – I think it makes a great accent color!
My favorite part of Pantone’s description, though, is this at the end: “A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”
As we near the end of 2016 and move into 2017, it’s a good time to reflect and consider what we’ve accomplished and what there is to look forward to. I have a few resolutions: up by 6, work out Monday through Friday and in bed before 11 (no more falling asleep on the couch)! And of course, the time to lose some weight needs to become a reality versus just thinking about it. I am also going to start a remodel and add an in-law unit to my current house; I’m thinking about setting myself up for retirement. What is on your New Year’s resolution list?