As with every year, a couple of months ago, Pantone announced the colour of the year for 2021… And they’re doing things a bit differently this time. It’s actually a colour combination…
“Announcing the Pantone colour of the year 2021- Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating”.
They describe it as ‘A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting’. It sounds to me exactly like a combination of things we all need right now. I am writing this as we go into lockdown part 3 in the UK.
I’ve always been a fan of grey tones and yellow shades as a combination. They might be a combination of colours more likely to be seen as part of an interior design colour scheme, than an obvious choice for a wedding. And that’s why I am a huge fan. There are so many ways that this modern and bold pairing can work for your wedding styling, either with subtle hints or whole block colours.
If you do a Pinterest search on grey and yellow weddings, a lot of images come up that make the obvious pairing of the two colours look a bit twee and dated (and we don’t do twee and dated around here!) Let’s have a look at some inspiration for yellow and grey wedding styling as a package, as individuals, or as part of a larger bold colour way for some more modern and inspiring wedding inspiration going in to 2021…
It might seem like a bold choice to use these two colours together at your wedding. Having looked at a lot of existing grey and yellow wedding Inspiration, it can look a bit like overkill. Be careful not go overboard and try to keep things tasteful by using grey and while as your base colours and then using pops of yellow in the mix. This way you’ll avoid your wedding having a ‘theme’ and instead it’ll feel classier and more modern. If you’re having colour pops for your floral arrangements for example, steer clear of colour on your cake. If the groomsmen will be wearing bright yellow ties, keep the bridesmaids chic in grey tones. It is easy to go over the top, but if you keep it minimal your guests won’t need sunglasses!
Use grey and yellow as part of a larger colour scheme
You might want to think about adding in secondary colours to the mix. This might sound like it’ll go all rainbow unicorn themed, but hear me out here! Look what can be done when you bring in hints of purple or pink, for example.
They break up the colours and warm shades of pink can add a sunset/ California vibe to the mix. Purples work well with grey tones for perhaps a cooler, indoor winter wedding using concrete tones as your base.
Use them individually
Grey alone needn’t be dull and boring. Especially if paired with monochrome, metallics, or hints of other colours. Grey is a fantastic neutral base you can use as a blank canvas to then add in pops of bolder colours for summer weddings, or metallics for a more luxe vibe. Grey can be warmed up with candle lit tables for romantic indoor winter weddings or concrete greys can keep things cool in summer.
Yellow alone is such a versatile and fun, vibrant colour. Proceed with caution if you’re opting for yellow as things can get too bright and garish quickly, but broken up with more neutral and warmer tones in a modern setting, it can really work.
I’m a massive fan of this pairing for the Pantone colour of the year. It’s bright, vibrant, fun and classy if done in the right way. It’ll also be the lift we all need when weddings come back with a vengeance when the world is ready in 2021…