Pantone’s 2021 Color(s) of the Year December 11, 2020

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Color is a powerful tool in the world of design. Its influence on human emotion has been long studied, proving that color is often affiliated with memories, people, places, culture, and life events – all which greatly impacts our moods.

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color Institution has been the most trusted source in determining what colors will make the largest impact for the upcoming year. Pantone’s color experts evaluate the power, psychology, and emotion in design strategy providing a Color of the Year that will set the tone for interior design, fashion, marketing, branding, and much more.

The message behind Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year is one of inspiration. This year, for only the second time in 22 years, Pantone has chosen two colors to lead the way in design – Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. These two very independent colors support each other, the same way the world came together during 2020 to support one another through one of the most trying years in recent history.

There are many ways to incorporate Ultimate Gray and Illuminating into everyday living, and the strongest way is through interior design. Read on as Garden State Tile provides material inspiration inspired by the 2021 Pantone Colors of The Year that provide the perfect balance for interior spaces.

Illuminating Yellow


“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.”


The color yellow is known for promoting feelings of optimism, happiness, warmth, and a plethora of other positive emotions. Yellow activates memory, stimulates the nervous system, promotes communication, and sparks creativity.

Incorporating these constant emotions of joy into interior designs promotes a positive living environment. Often used as an accent color, yellow is the perfect choice for highlighting some of the most eye-catching elements in interiors such as backsplashes and niches. 

Yellow Tile Selections from Garden State Tile: Crossville Gold Leaf Diamond Mosaic, Slash Yellow Dots Deco, Origins Wall Tile Yellow Side, Walker Zanger 6th Avenue Lemongrass Sofia, Hexa Collection Yellow Corn Mosaic, Crossville Swatches Pineapple.

Ultimate Gray


“PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors 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.”


Gray is often considered a color of compromise, as no matter what other hues are brought into a space, there is a shade of gray that will complement it perfectly.

Gray is affiliated with steady, stable, and guarded emotions, probably due to the fact that it is the balance between extreme white and black. Modern and timeless, gray can be used for walls, floors, and backsplashes to suit any design changes made throughout the years.

Gray Tile Selections from Garden State Tile: Columbus Antracite, Boerum Hill Adwick Grigio Mosaic, ADEX Riviera Cadaques Gray, Gray Striped Hexagon, Marrakesh Smoke Epoque, Fancy Stone Bardiglio/ Carrara/ Thassos Chevron Waterjet.