Expert Tips for Using the Color Combo of the Year

Stuart-based designer Dianne Davant offers advice on how to incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating into your living space


For Pantone’s highly anticipated 2021 trend forecast, the color-focused institute decided that two is better than one, choosing Ultimate Gray and Illuminating as its colors of the year. “During this time of Covid, as well as the winter months up north, people are feeling ready for a pop of sunshine yellow in their lives to offset the dreary gray skies,” says designer Dianne Davant of Dianne Davant & Associates in Stuart. “This is a time we can all feel happy with our warm surroundings.” Here, Davant offers tips on how to bring this delightful duo of hues into your home. 

Shades of gray are  an ideal color palette  in the bedroom. Dianne Davant & Associates. Photo by Daniel Newcomb
Shades of gray are an ideal color palette in the bedroom. Photo by Daniel Newcomb

Bedroom: Davant and her colleague, Priscilla Hyatt Councill, created this tranquil bedroom using a lovely gray similar to Pantone’s Ultimate Gray. The nightstands and the charcoal shade of the headboard’s wood frame are variations of the shade, while the pale gray draperies add a soft touch. A pop of color in the yellow flowers, similar to Pantone’s Illuminating, is the perfect contrast to the overall palette of the bedroom.

Brighten up the kitchen using yellow accents, Dianne Davant & Associates, Photo by Dan Forer
Brighten up the kitchen using yellow accents. Photo by Dan Forer

Kitchen: Soft gray hues are the perfect background for contrasting accessories. Add yellow with items such as cookware, a stand mixer, or dish towels. A bright painting like the one showcased here can also introduce happy shades of yellow.

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