Pantone recently announced its two colours of the year – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (a vibrant, cheerful yellow). An ‘aspirational colour pairing’, the bold duo symbolise “the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day”, according to Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute.
If you’d like to incorporate this new colour trend of solid grey and bright yellow into your living space, a little advice might be nice. That’s why we spoke to Simone Mathews, founder and director of Soul Home, for her top tips on weaving the 2021 Pantone Colours into both the interior and on the exterior of your home…
Start with the 70/20/10 rule
“It’s all about defining your own, unique look, and using my 70/20/10 rule will help you in doing this – 70 per cent of one style, 20 per cent of another and a final 10 per cent layer to bring it all together.
“This formula is fantastic when it comes to colour, too. When planning interior and exterior style, so often I see people focusing predominantly on the look and style of their property, completely forgetting to take into account the actual feeling it ignites. Understand what that ultimate feeling means to you, personally, the ways you can work towards achieving it, and what factors go into recreating it in your own home.
Make interiors pop
“The 2021 Pantone colours are super diverse in use. If your style is as organic and earthy as mine, then the Ultimate Gray is perfect, easily incorporated as your grounding colour through an on-trend polished concrete floor or a kitchen island.
“You may like to look at ways of adding a pop of colour here and there – using an artwork or print that brings out the yellow aligned with the Pantone Illuminating colour, or incorporate the colour into your guest’s beach towels – think white and yellow stripes hung on a beautiful teak coat hook board.
“Your kitchen and dining areas are the soul of your home, so bring them to life by injecting some personality into your table setting. Select a natural finish for your dinner plate and pair it with a yellow side plate or bowl. Add some greenery and you have a dining table setup that will make you instantly smile.
Bring the outdoors in
“First impressions count, so igniting that personality in from the exterior of your home is a must. The CSR Cemintel Barestone Lunar or Surround Gauze cladding can create a stunning muted grey façade, which would look incredible when complemented by a bright yellow front door and white trim – the perfect welcome home.
“A sunny yellow façade can look stunning on a classic Australian colonial build, using a product like the Cemintel Surround Maya. If you’re looking for a quick incorporation of the colours, accentuate your garden with a selection of pots in the same tones as Ultimate Gray, grouped together at the front door and finished with some greenery and yellow flowers such as sunflowers or daisies.
“For your entertaining space, I love a concrete table. Complement with some soft, yellow powder-coated chairs and you’re set.”