More than ever before, today we need optimism, resilience and positivity. As we learn to imbibe these uplifting human qualities, it is then obvious that our homes, where we spend most of our time, should also reflect both strength and hope. So, while keeping pace with sentiments in the pandemic-altered world, the Pantone Color Institute, a US-based colour-trend forecasting company that has kept an annual tradition of selecting a colour of the year, has gone ahead 
and chosen not one, but two colours for 2021. The colour ultimate gray, according to Pantone, is solid and dependable while illuminating yellow is sparkling with vivacity will fill sunshine in our lives.

"The union of an enduring ultimate gray with the vibrant illuminating yellow expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warm and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Keeping up with latest colour trends, if you are looking at incorporating the Pantone shades in your home this year, this is a great opportunity to create some striking versatility to your abode. "Adding both these colours together in any room will instantly give it a sense of depth and ambiance. Yellow and gray are a match made in heaven, both exhibiting their power as a colour and yet working together with each other so that they really pop," says interior designer Emma Hutton from Emma Hutton Interiors, Dubai.

If you are in the mood of being adventurous and want to try something bold and exciting in your living room, Emma suggests splashing your walls in illuminating yellow and then toning it down with gray drapes or Roman blinds. "Or if you opt for grey on your walls then add yellow through chairs or buttoned Ottomans. Include abstract prints or art work in yellow to add smaller touches of the colour in your room. Cushions and throws over the back of a chair or on the arm of a sofa are also great options to create a contrasting effect," she says.

An easy tip as per Home Centre Stores is to layer cushions that veer towards the gold side of yellow with a darker charcoal sofa and creating chic accents with lamps and chairs
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Yet another easy tip to make this combo work, as per the Home Centre Stores, UAE, is to layer cushions that veer towards the gold side of yellow with a darker charcoal sofa and creating chic accents with lamps and chairs.

In the bedroom, interior experts advice homeowners to avoid painting yellow on all four walls and instead splash it on just one wall behind the bed. The bedroom, is a calming oasis, that should help our mind relaxed and allow the body to get rest. "Instead of painting walls yellow in the bedroom, I suggest pairing neutral furnishings with touches of greys and yellows in the textiles, will allow more flexibility while refurbishing the space easily and cost effectively. Have some fun layering different elements of patterns, textures and materials in your soft furnishings or through artwork and wall hangings. This way you can instantly transform spaces from boring to dynamic," says Reshmika Chandrashekar, Dubai-based interior designer.

“Yellow and gray are a match made in heaven, both exhibiting their power as a colour and yet working together with each other so that they really pop,” says interior designer Emma Hutton
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This colour pairing, undoubtedly, is an instant mood booster that brings both a sense of calmness and joy to any room. Ideally ultimate gray will work best in the larger elements of your home, such as on walls and bulky pieces of furniture, creating a neutral base for you to add on to. Illuminating yellow, on the other hand, is perfect as an accent or highlighting tone, brought in through accessories, rugs or smaller pieces of furniture.

Whatever is your interior style there is not much room to go wrong with this colour couple. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and revamp your home.

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