5 Stylish Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year into Your New Home

Known globally as the color authority, Pantone® released its 2021 Color of the Year and we have been brainstorming stylish ways to incorporate this trend into your new home. To everyone’s surprise, the focus was not just on one color, but the marriage of two! After a year full of surprises and some shortcomings, the color authority felt it needed to the release a symbol of strength and positivity. Because of that, the new year will bring focus to a collaboration between PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

'Ultimate Gray 17-5104 Color of the Year 2021 Illuminating 13 13-0647 PANTONE®'
2021 Pantone Color of the Year | Photo Credit: Pantone

Pantone explained, “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.”

Drees Homes Family Room | Pantone Color of the Year 2021
Stylish Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year into Your New Home’s Design

In the spirit of infusing more hope and happiness into the start of the new year, we pulled together five ways you can marry Pantone’s Ultimate Gray and Illuminating to create stylish spaces in your new home. Some are subtle, some are bold, but all bring a bright, cheerful element into your home.

1 | Intertwine Interchangeable Accents

Drees Homes Family Room | Pantone Color of the Year 2021
The Kenwood II Floor Plan

This is the simplest way to get started. Think décor elements like accent pillows, floral and art. All of these elements are easy ways to infuse and experiment with color without worrying about permanence. As you’ll notice in the Kenwood II, Ultimate Gray serves as a neutral anchor in the space while hints of Illuminating add energy and interest.

2 | Incorporate a More Permanent Pop of Color

Drees Homes Kitchen and Walk-in Pantry | Pantone Color of the Year 2021
The Tinsley Floor Plan

The kitchen in the Tinsley offers an unexpected twist with its cheerful pantry door. The scale of the door and the vibrancy of the color provide just enough interest without overdoing it. Beyond a door, you can consider other longer-term investments like the execution of stand-out wallpaper or a small, but perky painted space like a powder room.

3 | Select a Statement Wall

Drees Homes Dining Room | Pantone Color of the Year 2021
The Parkhill Floor Plan

Select a statement wall and go bold with big color. Choose an ideal spot as your focal point and infuse mega amounts of color there. While the Parkhill doesn’t feature a typical painted wall execution, its use of window dressings speaks volumes and tricks the eye showcasing a major statement.

4 | Infuse Gold as a Subtle Substitution

Drees Homes Kitchen | Pantone Color of the Year 2021
The Archer Floor Plan

Nervous about going all in with Pantone’s Illuminating? Try focusing on Ultimate Gray instead. Here, the Archer marries Ultimate Gray with brass hardware to create a combination that is sure to be remembered as sharp and stylish.

5 | Illuminate Your Exterior

Drees Homes Exterior | Pantone Color of the Year 2021
The Tinsley Floor Plan

Taking Pantone’s Illuminating to heart, we celebrate the glow of a happy home right at dusk. Here, landscape lighting illuminates the home’s architecture and provides standout style from the street.

To learn more about Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year and how the color selections are made, visit pantone.com. To gather more inspiration for your new Drees home, visit dreeshomes.com or explore an array of inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.


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