Pantone’s Color of the Year 2021: 4 Ways to Incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow in Your Small Condo Space

Pantone’s color of the year 2021 is Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. These two contrasting colors were chosen mostly because of the pandemic. Gray is grounding, stable, and reserved, while yellow gives that hint of optimism — hence this combination.

The great thing about this is it is not that hard to integrate it in a condo interior especially if you can see the initial design from sites like Precondo.

Here are 4 ways to incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow in your small condo space:


First: use gray as your base and yellow as an accent

As a general tip: To incorporate the color of the year in your small space condo, try to create a focal point with pops of color against a background that remains neutral. If you go for Ultimate Gray, use the Luminous Yellow as an accent piece around your sofa or as contrast/complement to your gray area rug. This will give you a classy look that is good for indoor or outdoor usage. For Illuminating Yellow, keep it simple.

You can mix and match both dark and light colors like in this article on dark vs light kitchen spaces

And this color combo is perfect to experiment on this concept.

The good thing about this color pairing is the balance between elegance and playfulness. Seemingly opposites that don’t match well, Illuminating Yellow can break up dark areas of Ultimate Gray, while Ultimate Gray serves as rest from the brightness of Illuminating Yellow. 

Ultimate Gray is very versatile, and you can opt to use Ultimate Gray as a neutral base, and decorate with Illuminating Yellow as accents. Choose which pieces to accentuate and go with Illuminating Yellow for those.

Accent wall

Paint 3 sides of your walls with Ultimate Gray. The fourth wall or accent wall is painted with Illuminating Yellow. This pop of color will certainly draw your attention to this wall, so it’s a perfect spot to use to put your most important memorabilia, like your family photos, travel souvenirs, and school achievements. Use this space to remind you of what matters the most to you.

Pantone's Color of the Year 2021

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Using gray as your neutral bedding base, you can add yellow pillows as an accent. Doing this requires very little effort and is budget-friendly. Truly an easy way to incorporate the color of the year into your home.

You don’t have to settle for one shade, either! Using different monochrome shades adds depth and texture to your room and balances out the brightness of the yellow.


Who says your china has to be only white? Another easy fix to incorporate the color of the year is through dinnerware and drinkware. Think placemats in gray and plates in yellow. You’re not limited to that either! Drinking glasses, utensils, and other kitchen items can easily be bought in different shades. Just think about the contrast. Bonus: yellow is a color proven to increase appetite. Yellow plates, anyone?


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Artwork, prints, wall decor — you name it, and there’s bound to be gray/yellow in it somewhere. Look for abstract or modern prints. Or better yet, why not hit the craft store and make your own DIY masterpiece using Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow?

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Erin Emanuel