The World In Colour

Colour plays such an important role in the world around us. It can affect our mood, our actions, our focus, and our mental health, and many colours are attributed to how we feel – feeling blue, green with envy, it is a grey area, caught red-handed…

PANTONE announced that one of its colours of 2021 is PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating – ‘a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power’ to give us ‘energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty’. Pantone’s second colour of the year, Ultimate Gray, is said to represent dependability, as the spotlight has shone on our community, family, friends, and our home units over the past year. Paired with Illuminating, the hues convey the message of unity, stability and hope. Paint brand, Dulux’s colour of the year is aptly called ‘Brave Ground’ – ‘a warm, earthy tone that creates a feeling of stability, growth and potential; and provides a firm foundation for change’.

In fashion, designers are optimistically looking ahead to happier times with bright and cheerful colours for the season ahead – Marigold yellow, sky blue, pumpkin orange, mint green, hot pink and cherry red. The recent Presidential inauguration in the US saw a joyous pop of colour too, with purple certainly having a moment. There are lots of Irish champions of colour – in interiors check out Roisin Lafferty Kid and Leo and Cici, and in fashion Helen Steele and Lennon Courtney.

Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell

Author at Pynck

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