Tile Design Ideas Using Pantone's 2021 Colors of the Year

Tile Design Ideas Using Pantone's 2021 Colors of the Year
Pantone Colors of the Year 2021

Every year the Pantone Color Institute releases its Color of the Year to represent the general tone of the world, and this year is no different. The ballots are in and they chose 2 colors this year to acknowledge the greyness of 2020 with “Ultimate Grey” and the light at the end of this long and crazy tunnel, with “Illuminating”.  

While these two colors can be used together, the point of these very different hues is meant to have each stand on its own as a complementary tone for the other, thus supported each other. As Pantone putit, this pairing is “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting”. Continue reading to see some exciting ways to use these two hues with handmade tile!

Ultimate Grey

Grey tones are a common neutral palette for any space. While the color grey is known for symbolizing neutrality and balance it can also represent dullness. We like to think that by highlighting the textures and variations of our grey glazes that it transforms into an exciting hue rather than a dull one. By creating clean and soft spaces with differing shades of grey, our handmade tile can make any space feel like home! 

For more neutral glaze palettes, visit our blog "Neutral Ombre Tile Ideas for Your Home"

Pantone Color of the Year Grey Glaze Tile Ideas

Top Left: 3"x3" Subway Tile - 220 Sooty Grey. 
Top Right: Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 39 London FogPhotography: Jacob Snavely Photography.
Middle Left: Stacked 1x3's - 11 Deco White130 White77E Grey Photography: Creekwood Hill
Middle Right: Medium Diamonds - 130 White11 Deco White77E Grey60 Silver Lining155 Steel366 Satin Black613 Black912W Cloudy Sky815W Light Grey.
Bottom: Small Hexagons - 815W Light Grey220 Sooty Grey912R Cloudy Sky


It isn’t difficult to envision why Pantone chose “Illuminating” as the color that inspires hope during this time. Yellow classically evokes feelings of sunshine, warmth, and friendship. When used thoughtfully, yellow glazed tiles can be a soothing and smart choice to invigorate your space.

For more on warm-hued tile, visit our blog "6 Ways to Use Warm Hues in Your Next Tile Renovation" 

2021 Pantone Color of the Year Yellow Tile Ideas
Top Left: Large Moroccan Fish Scales - Custom Color Palette.
Middle: Medium Diamonds -  24 Dandelion 1030 Cornmeal, 106 Fuji Brown, 301 Marshmallow.

A Marriage of Color

One of our most popular blends just happens to combine these two Pantone colors of 2021! Our mix tile Eichler Palms Blend adds a dimension of style through the strong color story and sleek lines of our cube diamond pattern. Using grey tones as a base color with yellow and blue as accents creates a balanced and modern design suitable for any space. We love mixing warm and cool hues together so these Pantone picks are right up our alley!

For more ways to mix cool and warm hues, visit our blog "How to Mix Warm and Cool Hues with Handmade Tile"

Pantone Colors of the Year yellow and Grey Tile

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