the year to go bold

Many – if not all of us – have been tucked away in our homes for a year or more. We’ve kept busy during lockdowns and isolation by clearing out our closets, straightening up our files, collecting bags (and more bags) of clothing and other items to donate. It’s been a long and disquieting 12 months. 


But spring is here. A time of rejuvenation. And as our world moves to reopening, albeit with baby steps, good weather is on the horizon – with all that it brings: hopefulness, new beginnings and fresh perspectives.

Let’s celebrate this time and turn to color to revitalize our homes and our lives. The Pantone color of the year for 2021, which influences home furnishings, fashion and even product packaging is actually two colors in support of each other: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. The gray is reflective of the natural and solid colors of pebbles on the beach, while the yellow is meant to bring some much-needed vivacity and sunshine into our physical and emotional spaces.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says, “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

Take to heart these words and bring brighter days into your home with pops of color. Whether it’s illuminating yellow or purples, oranges or pinks, go bold! Bring in colorful pillows for your sofa or a side chair reflective of this bolder spirit. Paint an accent wall. Use vibrant spray paints on clay pots and fill your interior with plants. Be cheerful in your choices and that optimism will flow into your space.

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