Color Formula & Guides

The Pantone Color of the Year 2021 can be found in the following color systems:

COLOR VALUES

Visit Pantone Connect to get color values for Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating, Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray, and their best PMS cross references: sRGB, Hex/HTML, CMYK, and L*a*b*

Tools For Designers

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USAGE

A marriage of strength and optimism, PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating do not have to be used in equal proportions. Either color can take precedence, whether for apparel, beauty, home furnishings, product design, or packaging.

ULTIMATE GRAY + ILLUMINATING IN APPAREL AND FASHION ACCESSORIES

PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, punctuated by a touch of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray, conveys a message of sunshine and strength. Enduring Ultimate Gray provides a great bouncing off point with Illuminating bringing in some brightness by way of a scarf, footwear, handbag, shawl, tops. With its energetic presence the marriage of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination for activewear. The high visibility contrast of Illuminating and Ultimate Gray adds to its appeal for outerwear.

ULTIMATE GRAY + ILLUMINATING IN BEAUTY

A mix of warm and cool tones, combining PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating in hair or nail makes a dramatic statement. Illuminating sparkles and shimmers when paired with Ultimate Gray in eye make-up.

ULTIMATE GRAY + ILLUMINATING IN HOME DÉCOR

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home, adding a dose of sunshine and positivity. Juxtaposing Illuminating with Ultimate Gray in table linens, sheeting, and home accessories including pillows and tabletop infuses vitality and liveliness. Painting a front door in bright yellow Illuminating conveys a warm and welcoming message when supported by solid and dependable Ultimate Gray in the exterior finishes. The ideal combination for any office, whether in the home or in a commercial space, with Ultimate Gray providing the firm foundation for Illuminating, a vibrant yellow that heightens awareness and enhances intuition, lighting the way to the intellectual curiosity, originality, and resourcefulness of an open mind.

ULTIMATE GRAY + ILLUMINATING IN PACKAGING AND MULTI-MEDIA DESIGN

Pairing PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, the color of highest visibility and reflectivity with resilient PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray produces a visually noticeable message no matter where it appears. The coupling of friendly Illuminating with quietly assuring Ultimate Gray infuses a message of vitality into a firm foundation of reliability, wisdom and experience for packaging and multi-media design.