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Home Decor Trends: How to Incorporate Pantone’s Colors of the Year into Your Décor

Every year, paint companies and other color trend specialists choose a “Color of the Year.” The most famous of these is the Pantone Color of the Year, garnering coverage in major media outlets and capturing the attention of designers and retailers involved in home décor and color trends, as well as anyone in the fashion industry. The Pantone Color Institute has been selecting their color of the year for more than 20 years now. It often drives home décor style guides and curtain trends. This year, Pantone selected two colors: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a bright and cheery lemon yellow. "It's a combination that speaks to the resilience, the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, reimagine and reinvent," said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, in an article on But what does that mean for your home and curtain trends to expect in 2021?

Incorporating Ultimate Gray and Illuminating in Your Home

Ultimate Gray, a lighter tone, seems custom made for one of the year’s hottest curtain trends: layering. You could place gray sheers over vibrant yellow drapes, or keep them on the inside to let the yellow stand out. Whether your preferred DIY décor is modern, traditional, or transitional, you really can’t go wrong with these colors for your curtains. You could give the gray sheers the middle position on your curtain rod, book-ending them with cheery yellow. But you can also incorporate these hues separately. Illuminating would be right at home in a nursery, children’s bedroom, or over your kitchen window. Use gray curtains to create a sedate background in a family room, dining room, or anywhere you want other home décor elements to take center stage. Also, consider patterned curtains incorporating gray designs over a lighter background. Patterns are another one of the year’s hottest curtain trends.

Home Décor Color Trends: Alternatives to Pantone’s Colors of the Year

Don’t like Pantone’s choices? You have options for your DIY décor. In keeping with muted, earthy themes that are on-trend in today’s home décor, paint company Sherwin-Williams selected Urbane Bronze as their Color of the Year. Deep, rich, and sophisticated, this brown shade would look fabulous on a wall with a window, as the backdrop to delicate beige, white, or pastel blue curtain sheers. Or choose light-blocking thermal curtains in Urbane Bronze to build a bold look in a family room. Just make sure to brighten the space with lighter colored furniture upholstery, chair covers, or throw pillows. If you want something brighter, consider Benjamin Moore’s breathtaking Aegean Teal. A shade as beautiful and mysterious as its name, this color can liven up any room. On curtains, walls, upholstery, or even a throw rug, the color creates a cheery look that’s perfect for spring. The other colors in Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color Trends palette are equally on-point as a style guide, including Beacon Hill Damask, a lovely, muted yellow, and Gray Cashmere. Rosy Peach sits opposite the color wheel to Aegean Teal, creating the perfect complement for those looking for a bold color to emblazon their spirit in 2021. Whether you like to follow the latest curtain trends or stick with the classics, Half Price Drapes has the styles to match your taste and home décor. View our selection now.


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