Pantone Colours 2021: Yellow and Grey

Ultimate Grey and Illuminating are the pantone colours 2021 chosen by the Pantone Institute.

This is a quote from Leatrice Eismann of the Institute: “they are a marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting“.

When your client leaves a colour analysis session, they have a lot of things going through their minds. And it’s a fact that many people will only remember three key things, from any session. You will have introduced them to a whole range of colours that suit them. But, they will probably gravitate to one or two of the colours on their personalised swatch. They may not immediately love all the colours in their colour fan, just because they can wear them.

Yellow is a particular colour in point.

As a qualified colour consultant, you will realise how many people wouldn’t consider having yellow in their wardrobes. Although the same people may love yellow flowers intheir garden.

I’ve seen this time and time again in my own business. Clients once introduced to the shade that suits them – put their fears aside. They can start to be more adventurous with this colour. Taking baby steps to find a yellow T-shirt or scarf, before branching out into more expensive items.

Grey, of course, is an essential neutral when building a wardrobe. But just like yellow there will be a better shade for your client.

I didn’t have to look too far on the internet to find many examples of both the Pantone Colours 2021, or shades that are near enough, to make them appear like the colours of the year – as you can see in the picture.

How to Wear the Pantone Colours 2021

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Original Article written by Helen Tobias, Trainer.

January 2021

spring/summer 2021 colour palette

Every year I look forward to new colour palettes chosen by Pantone and the spring/summer 2021 colour palettes from the Pantone Colour Institute will be worth the wait.

After such a miserable 2020 we can only hope that spring/summer 2021 will be a better year for everyone and the colours that Pantone have chosen seem to have captured a hopeful mood.

But how will these work with seasonal colour analysis?

The “Intoxicating” colour palette will flatter most summer skins. Fairy Wing pink, Dream of Cotton lavender and the Tomatillo cool green will look particularly good. Lemon Fizz yellow may be a little strong next to the face – but will be a useful accent colour to give some zing to an otherwise pastel collection.

Carnival Green is a lovely aqua shade which will crossover to other seasons too – especially winter and spring.

The “Summer Bouquet” features Blush Beauty which our spring complexions will be drawn towards…and this palette has Winery and Pepper Stem which our autumns skins will love.

Power Surge is an altogether more robust palette – with more vibrant colours such as Nobility and Iced Mango. There is plenty of choice for each season in this palette.

I’m looking forward to the spring/summer 2021 colour palettes. I wonder which of these colours may become “THE” Colour of the Year?

If you are reading this and have a colour business, then you could use these colour palettes as an idea for a follow up session – or a workshop. How to wear spring/summer2021 colour would be a great title for a general workshop, or How to wear Pepper Stem for a one-to-one session with an existing customer.

A key factor in success in all Colour Analysis businesses is to get out of the one-off mindset. Getting your clients returning for furnther services will create ongoing revenue. Creating new and exciting ways of keeping in touch with your customers will keep things fresh for your clients and also for you so do take a few moments to think how you could use these colours in your business.

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If you’d like to read more about seasonal colour analysis – try our article here Seasonal Colour Analysis 101

If you’d like to know more about training in Colour Analysis you can aread about our Diploma in Advanced Colour Analysis here.

If you’d love to train but not sure you can afford the training course – the’s an article ere: How to pay for your colour analysis training. With a Free download to help your planning

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Classic Blue~Colour of the Year 2020

The International Colour Authority Pantone, has decided that Classic Blue is THE colour for 2020.

PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue

According to the Pantone Institute this colour “instils calm, confidence, and connection. This is an enduring blue hue which highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era“.

For those living on the coast you are surrounded by blue with the colour of the sea and the sky. It is thought to be the worlds favourite colour. In Japan , blue means fidelity and is a colour of good luck. While blue in Europe is often perceived as the colour of communication. This is a good reason for Her Majesty the Queen to choose this colour for 29% of her outfits. (According to Vogue magazine when they charted the colour of her outfits in the Jubilee Year.)

According to Karen Haller in her book The Little Book of Colour (Book Review here) “Blue affects our intellect. Its primary action is to trigger mental responses“.

Blue can make us wary when there is too much of it. We often consider blue food as unsafe. It’s also the colour most likely to suppress the appetite.

How to wear blue …

For those with a warm skin tone a basic navy blue works as a neutral for the spring skin tone. Near the face the light teals and turquoise will work better. Whereas the autumn skin tone will look best in a midnight blue for neutrals and an air-force blue nearer the face. Teal may work too.

For the cooler complexions – starting with winter, both basic blue and midnight blue work as neutrals. Azure and royal blue will work best nearer the face. The delicate colours that suit the summer complexion are full of blues which are equally their better neutrals: sapphire and Capri blues as well grey-blue and light blue.

If you have found this article interesting and would like to know which blue suits you best, head over to our listing of Colourflair Consultants page. Only a few of our consultants are listed here but there may be one near you. You can always phone for more information or book a Colour Analysis session.

If you would like to know more and learn about colour and start your own business or for personal development – you can find more out about our Diploma in Advanced Colour Analysis here.

The Little Book of Colour

The Little Book of Colour is a new book for 2020 by Karen Haller. Like many of you with a fascination for colour, I am always on the lookout for new books to read on the subject. But as my bookshelves are full, I decided to download the kindle version of this book.

This book styles itself as the “definitive guide to using the power of colour to improve your happiness, well-being and confidence.”

The author, Karen Haller, builds on over 20 years of experience, of Applied Colour & Design Psychology. In this book she demonstrates the many practical ways in which you can use colour to transform your life. If you are updating your home decor or your wardrobe she gives you ideas to be inspired by the possibilities to:

-“Create a home that reflects your personality
-Grow your confidence in using colour
-Add colour to your workplace
-Choose clothes that express the true you
-Find your unique colour palette & design compatibility”

The blurb claims that this is the first book that mixes the science, psychology and emotional impact of colour, with Karen Haller taking you on a journey through rediscovering the joy of colour.

I found this book nicely written and easy to read – finishing it with two easy sessions in the evening. I can’t say that I learned anything new – but it’s a nice book to read if you are relatively new to the topic and a good refresher if you haven’t read much on colour psychology recently.

I did find it somewhat repetitive. There is obviously quite a bit of crossover between personal colour, the clothes in the wardrobe and the colours that you use in your home and at work…never the less I didn’t feel I’d wasted my money or my time. The hardback version is just £9.30 plus P&P and kindle £7.99. You can get a copy here: Enjoy!

If you would like t know more about Colour Analysis please see our article Seasonal Colour Analysis 101 . If you are looking for a Colour Analysis Course that you can learn at home at your own pace please see our page here.

What’s your learning style?

Home Study Course Colour Analysis

How do you learn best? One popular theory, the VARK model, identifies four primary types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. Each learning type responds best to a different method of teaching. Which one suits you?

Our Advanced Colour Analysis course works across all of these learning styles. There are course notes, practical work, and visual assignments. There are recordings to listen to and we are currently working on webinars and other news training information.

This makes the Advanced Colour Course from Training with Imagination and Colourflair easy to understand and to pick up.

We get very good results and have very successful Colour consultants.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn at your own pace. You might be working full time and have limited time each week to study. You may be fitting your studies around children.
  • You enjoy studying on your own but would like to know that you have your own personal tutor who can answer your questions or with whom you can discuss your business ideas.
  • You have limited funds and want to spend your money on good course content and materials and not on transport to and hotels for training days.
  • You want a tried and tested course that gives consistently good results.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You prefer to learn with others and want a classroom environment. Our course is designed to be studied at home, but that means we can keep your students costs down so that you can invest that money into your start up business.
  • You want to learn a tonal system. Our Colour Analysis course is fundamentally a seasonal course and with extended options so that you can individualise a client fan to their exact colouring.
  • You want to pay more than £2,000 for your course…our course is great value for money…and will come in well under £2,000

If you’re not sure and would like to find out more you can request our course information or why not pick up the phone and call me, Helen on 07725 576472 Senior Trainer.

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Grey is the new black…

that is when it comes to choosing a car colour…although not if you live in Scotland where white is the new white.

Research published today shows that the popularity of grey has increased and surpassed the colour black for the first time. So if things are looking a bit grey around you when you are sitting in a traffic jam…it’s probably because they really are! By contrast silver…not unlike grey, a strong performer over several years, has now slipped out of its top 5 position.

According to Auto Car, of the 118 car colours available, English drivers registered 116 of them while Northern Irish consumers ordered only 53.

Another change in preferences happened with orange – up 37% year on year.

As a colour, orange is often used to draw attention to potential danger. Orange is used in traffic lights, as the second highest threat level in the USA and the black boxes on aircraft are in fact orange.

Orange has a high contrast on roads against blue grey asphalt, even in low light – so perhaps that is why people are choosing it – to be seen on the road.

There are so many interesting fact ot be discovered about colour and Kassia St Clair’s book “The Secret lives of Colour” is a lovely book to dip into and find out more about the origins and history of 75 shades, dyes and hues.

Periwinkle Blue In the News 2019

If you were asked to describe this colour you might call it lavender blue or pastel blue.

The name comes from a flower – the lesser periwinkle or myrtle herb (Vinca minor) and it’s a colour which falls between the blue and violet families.

It’s a relatively new colour as the first recorded use of periwinkle as a colour name in English was recorded in 1922.

Judy Garland wore this colour in the film “A Star is Born” in 1954 and if you’ve followed the Golden Globes 2019 you will have seen Lady Gaga wearing a fabulous Valentino gown in this shade, as homage to Judy.

Dessy Periwinkle Dress

It is very similar to the shade “Serenity” – pantone colour of the year in 2016 and it’s a popular choice for brides maid dresses.

If you’d like to try this shade without the Valentino price tag – you could try The Dessy Bridesmaid Dress Number 3014.

The Duchess of Cambridge has also worn a slightly stronger version of this colour to a friends wedding recently you can see an article here:

This colour will suit most skin tones. The brighter version worn by Lady Gaga will certainly flatter the Spring seasonal palette while the more muted colour worn by Judy (could be the age of the picture distorting the colour of the dress) will suit the Autumn skin tone. There are cool versions of this colour on both the Summer and the Winter fans. It can be paired with neutrals for shoes and accessories although complimentary apricot /peach shades work well for blusher, lipstick and nail varnish.

If you’d like to find out more about Colour Analysis and even train to be a Colour Consultant, you can find out more about Colour Analysis here.

Pantone Colour of 2019 Living Coral

Living Coral

Living Coral has been announced as the Pantone colour for 2019

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge” Pantone

Living Coral








I am thrilled that this is the colour of the year. Perhaps we could have predicted it! Opposite on the colour wheel to Ultraviolet and complimentary to the 2018 colour of the year – this is a hue that will suite so many people.

Its a colour that looks fabulous in a full length dress. A t-shirt or jumper. And of course Living Coral works well as an accent colour with blues and purples.

Easy to wear as a lipstick and pretty on spring and summer toes as nail varnish, this is a must have colour for any 2019 wardrobe.

Check out Chanel lipstick here look for Sari Dore and Teheran

Check out Opi Nail Varnish here look for Crawfishin and Santa Monica

Looking for a coral blusher the take a glance at NIP+FAB Make Up Blusher Palette in Blushed 1

Not sure whether this colour will suit you? Why not book a colour analysis with one of our qualified Colourflair consultants. Email us here to find out you local consultants details.

If you are interested in learning more about Colour Analysis, and training as a consultant please click here.

It’s going to be a lovely spring with Living Coral!




The Pantone Colour 2018 Ultraviolet

Pantone Colour 2018 Ultraviolet
Pantone Colour 2018 : Ultraviolet

Announced on 12th December the Pantone Colour 2018 is Purple or rather Ultraviolet.

It “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said by way of explanation.

It is found in the cosmos , the wellness movement (amethyst crystals) and was a favorite colour of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright” who, Ms. Eiseman said, used to wear a purple cape when he was trying to be creative.

5 Ways to wear Pantone Colour 2018 Ultraviolet

Pantone Colour of 2018 Ultraviolet

A quick search on the internet will give you plenty of inspiration and it’s not hard to find ultraviolet clothing or accessories.

  1. This is a bold colour and you’ll certainly be the centre of attention in any room wearing ultraviolet. If you wear it head to toe, the pantone colour 2018 can be a little overwhelming. But it does work well as a monochrome outfit, like a dress.
  2. It can be teamed very successfully with other colours such as apricots and oranges and violet/pinks.
  3. You can also add a splash of colour with accessories such as shoes and sunglasses or with a handbag
  4. Add a hint of ultraviolet in your jewllery
  5. Or you could try some ultraviolet nail varnish…just to see how you like the colour against your skintone. Butter London has a lovely shade Inspired by ULTRA VIOLET, called Iced Lavender this is a fabulous metallic lavender nail polish.

Blur Style have some great ideas of easy to wear combinations which you might like to check out for more inspiration.

It’s a very Royal colour too. If you search the internet you’ll see pictures of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge all wearing this colour as monochrome outfits. It does suit many complexions – as you can see on Tina Fey (in Atelier Versace at the 2016 Academy Awards), Viola Davis (in Giorgio Armani at the 2017 Time 100 Gala) and Sandra Bullock (in Bottega Veneta at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards).

Why not give ultraviolet a try?

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Add Colour to their Wardrobe ~ Greenery

Pantone Colour 2017 :Greeneryr Spring 2017

Greenery Pantone Colour 2017At first sight, some of your clients may find Greenery, THE colour of the year from Pantone a little overwhelming.

It can be ean eye popping shade of green but fortunately, it can be found in differing shades and tones so you’ll be able to helo them find one that really flatters their skin tone.

If  your customers are tired of the colour of their winter wardrobe, Greenery will offer a fresh new alternative, now that spring is really around the corner.


But the other colours?

Having had time to think about their colour choices I can see that it’s not going to be difficult to add any of them to an existing wardrobe.  At £34 the denim skirt from Top Shop has 4 of the colours in one go – making it a very versatile purchase when paired with T-shirts and tops in matching colours. It won’t show grubby marks either for those clients with babies and toddlers. (Although watch where those colours hit on the thigh as it might have a “widening” effect.)

Macs are all the rage for the spring and with a quick look on line you’ll easily find one to brighten up a rainy day. Shoes and accessories are a good place to start with a colour you’ve not worn before and if you’re really not sure – why not treat yourself to a new nail varnish. Help your clients find new colours for an updated spring wardrobe by offereing a colour workshop…