Decorating Your bedroom With Pantone’s Ultimate Gray And Illuminating yellow.

In early December, Pantone announced their Colors of the Year for 2021. They chose Ultimate Gray and Illuminating yellow.

Ultimate Gray is a stoney shade which evokes “weathered natural elements” that have “stood the test of time”, while Illuminating is vibrant, happy and “full of hope“.

The colour experts at Pantone call the duo “practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic”. 

Planning to renovate your bedroom in the new year?  Looking for a few ideas?  Why not try this fresh colour combo from Pantone? We’ve included plenty of inspiration below to get you started…


Wallpaper is the perfect way to bring Ultimate Gray and Illuminating to life on your bedroom walls. Either use printed paper to create a feature wall behind your headboard or decorate the whole room to give it a modern, fresh look. Geometrics will make a strong statement while Scandi-style florals will create a calming and balanced space.

All three wallpapers from Cult Furniture.


Looking for a simple way to incorporate Pantone’s COTY into your bedroom? Something that requires very little effort? A simple bedspread will do the trick, especially if your bedroom is painted in a neutral colour—simply throw on and you’re done! You won’t be short of options on the high street. Here are five we found:

Bedspreads pictured above from 1) Mack + Milo – Alcantara 140 TC Plain Weave Duvet Cover Set from 2)Ocre bedding from Wilko 3) Grey and yellow geometric recycled cotton blanket from Daisy Park  4) Malone Cotton Throw in slate from 5) Habitat Kissing Bird Print Bedset from Habitat.


If your walls are grey or cream, you might choose to bring a splash of colour to your floors using a decorative rug. Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are three of our favourites:

Rugs pictured above: 1) Disruption Rug from Rug Society 2) Hand Woven Grey Rug with Mustard Fringing from Audenza 3) Louis de Poortere Atlantic Streaks Sea Bright Sunny Rug from Modish Living.


Framed posters are another easy way to bring this colour scheme to your bedroom. Mix and match multiple pieces of artwork to create a striking gallery wall or choose just one or two of your favourite pieces.

All prints from


Layer lighting to create the perfect ambience in your room. A bedside lamp is a must-have so you can snuggle down with your favourite book at night. A set of candles will create a relaxing space to unwind.

Pictured above: 1) Fenella Round Grey Porcelain Lamp from Artisanti 2) Suspension E7 from Nedgis 3) Suspension Cloche from Nedgis 4) Etna Mini Wooden Candle Holders from Woodendot 5) Union Table Lamp from Boca do Lobo 6) 3 Distressed Grey TruGlow Slim Pillar Candles from Lights4fun

Finishing touches:

A couple of carefully-curated accessories will add the perfect finishing touch to your room. Perhaps a patterned statement chair or a colour-block bedside cabinet?

Accessories above: 1) Hello coat rack in yellow from Block Design. 2) Charlie Bell Echo Alarm Clock in Cheeky Yellow from Beaumonde. 3) Vogue Velvet Armchair in Poppy Mustard by BePureHome from 4) Vox Concept Chest of Drawers in Grey & Yellow from

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