Cotterell & Co’s take on Pantone’s Colours of 2021

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It is always a very exciting time of year when Pantone release their predicted Colour trends of the new year. This year we have seen a twist on the selection where it wasn’t only one colour chosen. Pantone decided upon two colours for 2021's Pantone Colour of the Year. Ultimate Gray 17-5104 + Illuminating 13-0647, two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. This is definitely a recurring trend. We have seen the mustard and grey trend take homes and interiors by storm before, and here it comes back around again, stronger than ever. Pantone’s thought process behind the colour choice this year was a very uplifting and happy thought.

The Union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant Yellow Illuminating, expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit. As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colours of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

With our specialist team, we wanted to use our different skills together to put together some tips and tricks to add splashes of colour, especially Pantones 2021 Colour’s Pantone’s 2021 Colours. Being lucky enough to be able to provide a completely bespoke service, bringing colours together into one of our Rocke Bespoke shades is always going to be our first trick of adding splashes of colour.
We recently had a client who was looking to bring in some bright and bold tones to her lounge. We thought this was a great opportunity to jump on trend with Pantone. Using a selection of Cushions and a feature yellow velvet chair. A Canvas to add colour and texture to the walls and our favourite little hare showcasing our most popular Painterly Yellow Fabric.

Putting together mood boards like this, is a great service we can offer to help customers visualize and see how colours and textures all look together. It would never be a finished mood board without a small selection of Little Greene Colour choices. One of my personal favourite ways to add colour to a room, is by a feature wall or some feature paint. My personal favourite way of adding a feature colour is a fabulous way if you might not want too much of the one colour but still want to make a dramatic impact.

This is a technique that is slowly becoming a trend. Instead of painting a full wall of the one colour, mark off a panel in the centre of the wall and take the paint colour up onto the ceiling. As seen in the picture, it creates a headboard like style. This technique also helps to add height to the room. Using pendant lights either side of the bed In Front of the two strips of grey paint has create these parts into little features in itself. Using pendant lights either side of the bed, in front of the two strips of grey paint, creates these parts into little features in themselves. This is such an exciting feature and could be done with any selection of colour. This is also a cheaper and easier way to create a feature wall since paint is easily changed and cheaper to buy than wallpaper.

Little Greene have also recently brought out the most impressive primer. This primer allows you to paint on just about any surface. This is perfect for all those people out there, who love to renovate and upcycle furniture you might already have lying around. I see this piece of upcycled furniture and I just couldn’t not include it. Again, using the perfect combination of yellow and different shades of grey, this person has used a unique design by using wallpaper on the side of the cabinet, then taken each shade from the wallpaper to paint the rest of the furniture. Adding feature animal handles to finish this piece off. What a fabulous way to change an old piece of furniture you might have lying around as well as turning it into a bold bright talking point for any guests you have. Absolutely stunning!

We have a wide range of fabrics and lining perfect for designing your very own Pantone Colour of the Year 2021 Shade. Changing up a shade, or adding a cushion is such an easy way to add colour to your home. Now is the time to jazz up your home with splashes of Pantone's Colour of the Year. Maybe you have an all-grey lounge, and you feel you want to add some zing! Why not design a Rocke Bespoke shade with our amazing painterly yellow fabric? This fabric is a fabulous way to add some of those yellow mustard tones to your room while still toning in with grey. A textured stripe, by Ashley Wilde brought to life with gorgeous painterly brush strokes of taupes, neutral tones and a complimentary Dijon mustard yellow. Another popular must have, is our Sango Bay Wallpaper lined shades. Sango Bay features lavish foils which act as a base for the stormy marble design. We took the name Sango Bay as the wallpaper reminded us of the picturesque beach in the North of Scotland, on a stormier day. Lorraine Cotterell was lucky enough to visit on her staycation during Summer 2020.


We hope this blog post has helped to inspire you to jump on trend with this year’s 2021 trend of Yellow and Grey. Don’t forget we are always here to help with designing shades, picking paint, picking cushions and light specifications. Don’t hesitate to contact via Email, Direct Message and Calling us and we will be happy to help!

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