Trending Tones - Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

When it comes to trending tones of color, there truly are no limits.  Every event is unique unto itself, and often times the colors are dictated by an organization’s branding materials or company logo. Weddings tend to be trendier, but still are usually all about the bride or groom’s favorite color or personal sense of taste. Then there is the client who gives you creative freedom with one simple direction, try you hand using this year's color trends.

Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions for the design community, has selected "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" for color of the year 2021. Together they "create an aspirational color pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine filled day."

Ultimate Gray

Often described as the color of pebbles on the beach and found in natural elements whose "weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time," this solid dependable foundation color can be easily incorporated into your decor and design features, be it feathers to flowers to graphics, or even if you are looking to personally switch up color in your kitchen. According to Pantone, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

Illuminating - Not Just Another Yellow

This hue of yellow, will help to fulfill people with "energy, clarity and hope" to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. According to Pantone, Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.

The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude," said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Together let these two colors add a solid yet optimistic union of strength and positivity to your next meeting or event this year!

Casey Romano, Publisher | meetingpages |

Creator of digital platform meetingpages complete event planning directory and resource delivering leads and national, regional and local exposure for event venues, suppliers and destinations in MN, WI, IA & CO markets. In her free time, this 19 year industry veteran enjoys dance, group fitness, and training her young golden retriever dog in competition obedience and confirmation.