Seeing Lots of Yellow + Gray? Thank Pantone 

By: Staged Ryte

You walk into a home goods, lifestyle or furniture store and stroll up and down the aisles taking in the array of throw pillows and other accessories. Many happen to be in particular shades of yellow and gray. Then in the housewares store you notice the same shades of yellow and gray on the pricey new enamel cookware. Then you’re in your local pharmacy to buy toiletries and you see that all the new packaging for your cosmetics brand are yellow and gray. Can this be true?

You’re not imaging it and it’s not a coincidence. What you are seeing is the Pantone color effect. Those manufacturers are most likely using the current Pantone color (or colors) of the year. Unless you’re a design professional you may not know about Pantone colors. But you surely have seen and/or used a Pantone color or two in your life.

Pantone is a company that has been known since the 1960s for its development of the Pantone Matching System, a standardized system of color formulas that enables any manufacturer or designer anywhere in the world, whether producing clothing, housewares, or graphics, to precisely choose and reproduce a given color. The Pantone Matching System comprises 1,867 colors created by combining 13 base pigments. 

According to the Pantone website, “More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design.”

The Pantone colors for 2021? Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. Want to know how or even if you should decorate with them? Stay tuned for our next article here (or jump ahead and read the post on our blog).

Want to read more about color? Read this blog post – Fear Not a Pop of Orange 


Staged Ryte is a boutique home staging and design firm powered by two women who understand design and business. We create homes where buyers see themselves in the story we create – living their ideal lives. Our attention to detail and ability to understand what buyers want is unmatched. And no two spaces ever look alike because of our extensive inventory of unique curated pieces. Our goal is to Wow! home buyers, and make home owners – and real estate agents – VERY happy with faster-than-expected sales at the best price. Staged Ryte specializes in home staging and design in the Berkshires, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Eastern New York State, and Western Massachusetts. 

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