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How you can use Pantone’s colours of the year in your garden

How you can use Pantone’s colours of the year in your garden

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If you see yourself as someone at the cutting edge of design and like to style your home to reflect this, then you’ll want to find out about Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year.

Pantone’s choice was based around the understanding that people are looking for ways to “fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty” and selected “spirited and emboldening shades” to satisfy this need.

So, this year they combined solid and dependable Ultimate Gray with the cheerful and vivacious yellow of Illuminating – and what better place to run with that colour scheme than in the garden?

So read on to discover how you can create a chic and sophisticated outdoor space using these two complementary tones.


Your choice of garden lounge furniture often works as the focal point of your outdoor space, so it is an obvious place to incorporate the latest colour trends.

In the words of Pantone, grey offers a "solid and dependable element" and provides a "firm foundation" so it’s a great colour to choose for your garden lounge sofa set.

The Havana Corner Lounge Set is contemporary and comfortable while its sophisticated graphite shade fits in perfectly to this year’s Pantone colour palette. 

Team this set with vibrant yellow accessories, such as cushions, throws and foliage, to ramp up the energy and positivity Pantone wanted to achieve with this year’s colour choices.

This colourway is exactly what one of our customers Amy of @amysbookshelf has opted for, demonstrating how well a grey base colour works in making those sunshine yellows really pop.


Another area of the garden which will work well combining dependable grey with vivacious yellow is an outdoor dining space.

Again, choose strength with a metal framework and then be bold with dazzling yellow soft furnishings, tableware and floral arrangements.

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Nothing says strength like the Palermo Deluxe Extendable Dining Set, made using an electrostatically powder coated aluminium frame which ensures a durable and weather-resistant finish.

Add some warmth to the space using uplifting yellows incorporated into the tableware, linen or soft furnishings.


The Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year work perfectly in a contemporary design scheme so when considering your planting, keep it simple by opting for structural, specimen plants. Think large, glossy leaves towering above raised beds, borders and planters.

Design with minimalism in mind opting for clean lines and industrial materials such as metal and concrete. Withstanding the harshest of conditions, concrete is becoming a popular alternative to terracotta and marries perfectly with the durability of Pantone's Ultimate Gray.

These concrete plant pots on a wooden stand are perfect for placing on a patio to add hight and interest around your outdoor lounge or dining furniture for example.

Add some vibrant yellows to the scheme by filling them with variegated grasses such as Carex or the beautifully structural foliage of the Pretoria Canna Lily.


To continue the industrial theme, you will want to keep your accessories to a minimum too and make sure the essentials are simple yet functional.

When choosing a parasol, go for something where the size will make a statement. This will mean it is not only an attractive addition to the overall structure of the garden but will also reduce the need for any additional shade options, which could make the space feel cluttered.

Keep lighting choices minimal such as spotlights along pathways and uplighters to illuminate those specimen plants to dramatic effect.

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This generously sized parasol really defines the space taken up by the Havana 8-Seater Dining Set and offers guests ample protection from the elements, come rain or shine.

Pantone mentions their choice of Ultimate Gray comes from its “ability to stand the test of time” as it "quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience." Demonstrating the same level of dependability, the Havana range is a great choice for anyone looking to create a Pantone inspired outdoor space this year.

Choosing a pared down colour palette is a clever way to create uniformity and calm within your outdoor space. Taking inspiration from the Pantone colours of the year 2021 and opting for those shades of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, you will help to spread a “message of happiness supported by fortitude” throughout your garden this year. Something all of us could probably benefit from right now.

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