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Flowers Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year

By UrbanStems

Flowers Inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year

For over two decades, Pantone has been selecting an annual color that they believe will characterize and embody the upcoming year. These colors are offered as inspiration and direction for designers and creators to use to align with trends and create designs and concepts.

The color of the year has also served as a color trend forecast for the consumer, which helps with product and design creation. In short, the Pantone color of the year is a way of seeing what’s to come. Aligning with Pantone’s colors of the year is a way to align with the year’s ethos. This is also true for flowers and floral arrangements. Aligning your bouquets and flowers is a wonderful way to embrace the energies and trends of this year’s colors.

Color of the Year 2021

Back in December, Pantone announced what its 2021 colors of the year will be. While 2020 offered us a classic blue, Pantone has seen it fit to choose two colors for 2021. After 2020, we can’t blame them! The colors picked by Pantone for this year are called Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray. In their own words, these colors together convey “a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” Pantone has chosen these colors for their warmth and dependability, hoping to set a new tone for a new year. In their own words, “The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one.

The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

Let’s see how these themes translate into the world of flowers.

Illuminating Yellow

Yellow in and of itself is a bright and lively color that brings sunshine wherever it goes. Especially when bringing a brilliant bouquet of yellow into a room, you can be sure the room will light up from the sunshine of yellow blooms. Similarly, Illuminated Yellow is all about lightness and brightness. Quite literally, it is illuminated. Illuminated Yellow is described by Pantone as “a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.” What better way to capture the energy of Illuminated Yellow than with the brilliance of sun-grown yellow flowers. 

There is an abundance of naturally yellow flowers to add to your floral arrangements. Some of our top picks for yellow flowers inspired by Illuminated Yellow are sunflowers, daffodils, roses, tulips, forsythia, freesias, daisies, and ranunculus. 

The Malibu

As the name suggests, The Malibu is all about basking in the sunshine. This floral arrangement is truly an exquisite example of the soft beauty of dried bouquets. Sun-bleached yellows and blues capture the solar and bright feels of Illuminated Yellow, while the muted tones embody the solidity of Ultimate Gray. This arrangement of warm and silvery grasses mixed with subtle color accents make this bouquet simply dreamy. Thistles, bunny tails, pampas, thistles, and Ruscus offer the perfect dynamic and textured appeal that reminds us of the warmth and brightness of yellow, while also the neutrality of gray.

The Ethel

The Ethel is like sunshine in a pot. With the beauty of bright yellow roses set against the calmness of a white ceramic pot, this arrangement offers the perfect balance of pop and laid back. The Ethel is a classic arrangement that makes a beautiful gift or addition to your home. The sparkling yellow roses bring life and lightness to a room, while the rich foliage truly lets the roses shine their brightest. Illuminated Yellow is perhaps an understatement when describing these brilliant roses, where the silver undertone of rose foliage and the classic white ceramic pot capture the stability of Ultimate Gray.

The Canary

The Canary in even just its name sounds like brightness and sunshine. As cheerful as the bird, this floral arrangement is uplifting and radiant. The different shades of yellow roses and freesias combined with pops of orange and dusty pink roses capture the brilliance of Illuminated Yellow paired with the soothing quality of Ultimate Gray. This bouquet is a wonderful example of how a certain shade of rose can hold color while still showing some of the moodiness of gray. This Canary truly sings!

The Mimosa

Like mimosas on a Sunday afternoon, The Mimosa has a way of bringing a special kind of happiness into your life. This bright bouquet comes in radiant shades of yellow, dynamic textures, and earthy undertones of silver. Yellow Garden Roses are combined with other textured yellow flowers to create an experience that really shines. This true stunner is happiness and hope in a bountiful bundle. Creamy snapdragons and silver eucalyptus offer that solid pebble feel that Ultimate Gray is all about while the bright array of yellow flowers feel like Illuminated Yellow itself. Creators and designers alike are inspired by Pantone’s colors of the year. If you are also inspired to be matching your flower choices to the color trends of the year, then these Pantone inspired flowers are a great place to start.


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