As the whole world looks forward to a brighter new year, Pantone has released its annual color of the year— and this time, it’s not just one but two colors.
For 2021, the colors that would reign supreme would be: PANTONE® 17-5104 Ultimate Gray, a calming shade that brings to mind stable concrete foundations and serene pebbled beaches—and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, a bright yellow that evokes warm sunshine, the invigorating bite of tart lemon and cheerful spirits.
Though seemingly unrelated, the two shades are a response to the havoc that COVID-19 created the past year. The institute says that the combination is “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting,” and each of the colors serves a specific purpose. The gray is the practical foundation we need, a symbol of being solid and supportive. While the yellow shade is about hopefulness, sunshine, and good cheer. (Read: ‘Lockdown’ Declared as Word of the Year, ‘TikToker’ Joins Top 10 List)
What a great way to start the year, right? But what’s even greater is having these colors in your everyday items for the year. My Pope lists products you can cop based on your personality or your loved ones’ below.
For the Sports Buff: Yellow Shoes
Check out the Adidas Men’s Dame 6 GCA Basketball Shoes in Shock Yellow. If you love the game— or love watching your boyfriend, dad, or siblings play on the hard court— these basketball shoes will surely be a great gift! The yellow color evokes hope for small and big wins on and off-court. Buy it here.
For the Film Connoisseur: Mad Max: Fury Road
Why don’t you buy a film that uses the color palette of the Pantone color of the year? Not only are you treated to a movie night, but you will also see how the gray and the yellow works other than in design. Check out Mad Max: Fury Road on Amazon and get ready for a feast for your eyes. (Read: Math Problems Among Top 10 ‘How-To’ Searches in Google PH)
For the Chef of the Family: Air Fryer
These days, the best way to make a foodie smile is an air fryer! Not only will it save you various amounts of time when cooking big batches for the whole family, it’s also great to invest in kitchen appliances that you will use for a very long time. Get the Hanabishi Air Fryer here. The grayish stainless color offers a feel of support and sturdiness– much like its Pantone color! (Read: 3 Multifunctional Cookers for Small Spaces)
For the Ultimate Fashionista: Adorable Dress
What better thing to get for a fashionista than a dress that represents strength, right? H&M Lyocell-blend Dress in Light Grey-Blue is perfect for welcoming the new year with renewed strength and vigor. Plus it’s so fashionable, you’ll want to wear it to your next socially distanced dinner date with your amigas. Get it in H&M Stores nationwide.