Introducing the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year + how to shop for it here in Birmingham

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Hint: The Color of the Year is in this photo. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

There’s so much to look forward to at the start of a new year—especially in 2021. One event that never fails to bring me joy: the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year. I’m not sure if it’s the actual color choice or simply the surprise factor that excites me, but the moment has finally arrived. Keep reading to find out what special hue was chosen and tips on shopping it here in Birmingham.

And the Pantone 2021 Color of the Year is…

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Introducing Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. Photo via Pantone

Plot twist! This year there are TWO colors of the year: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

Since 2000, Pantone has released a Color of the Year. Last year, it was Classic Blue—read all about it here.

This is only the second time Pantone has chosen two colors for Color of the Year. The first was in 2016 when they chose Rose Quartz, a pale pink, and Serenity, a pale blue.

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Pick a fabric, any fabric. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

So why two colors? According to their announcement, the two colors “highlight how different elements come together to support one another.”

“Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 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 PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 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.”

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Inspired by Ultimate Gray + Illuminating? Here’s how to shop it in Birmingham at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

We stopped by La-Z-Boy’s Greystone location to find some inspiration for incorporating the two colors in our space. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Bring both colors into your space with custom fabric.

Whether you’re browsing La-Z-Boy’s selection online or in one of their local showrooms, almost every piece you see is customizable. From functional features to fabric, they make finding the perfect piece for your space simple.

At their in-store Design Center, you’ll find rows of fabric samples—including plenty of gray and yellow hues—if you’re hoping to incorporate the Color of the Year into your space.

2. Tie in the new hues to your current palate with accent pieces.

You most likely already have a color scheme in your current space, so if you’re just looking to brighten up a corner, consider adding in accent pieces.

Not only will you find their OG recliners, cozy sectionals and loveseats to lounge in on their showroom floor, but you’ll also find tons of decor and accent options. Think colorful vases, comfy pillows, throw blankets, modern lamps and more.

3. Don’t be afraid to branch outside of your comfort zone.

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Layering is in for 2021. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If the gray and yellow combo isn’t quite your taste, don’t write them off just yet. You can still take part in the trend by expanding your color options outside of these exact shades.

Mustard yellow and charcoal gray are apt alternatives to accomplish your design goals and apply the Pantone colors in a unique way.

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Accent your home with pieces from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Shop online or stop by one of three La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Birmingham and try the trends yourself. Locations include:

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