Designing with the Colors of the Year

Ultimate Grey & Illuminating Inspiration

At the end of 2020, Pantone released their awaited 2021 colors of the year: Ultimate Grey and Illuminating. Chosen to represent strength and hopefulness, we couldn’t help but love this duo made up of a strong neutral and vibrant yellow. Pantone describes Ultimate Grey as “emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation,” and Illuminating as “a bright and cheery yellow sparkling with vivacity.” Discover a variety of furniture and accessories from Mr. Brown London that are inspired by the colors of 2021.


Practical and Timeless: Ultimate Grey

Grey has remained a staple throughout our collections, it’s an everlasting color that never goes out of style. Some of our common finishes you will find in this color are Epoxy, Pine, Ash, Oak, Velvet, Slate, and many more. Whether you opt for a piece like the Elio Desk, made of polished grey marble, or the Muse Low Cabinet with our Grey Mid Ash finish, this neutral will set the tone for the rest of your design. For an indoor showstopper, choose the elliptical-shaped Denmark Dining Table with a Grey Epoxy finish.


Bold and Optimistic: Illuminating

Shy of color? Not us. Make a statement with the stunning Delilah Chair, Armand Arm Chair, or Eliza Bench in luxurious yellow velvet. Whether your client enjoys the cheery color or is looking for something one-of-a-kind, delight them with a bright yellow or mustard upholstery on an accent chair or entryway bench.  To read more about designing with pattern, read 3 Ways to Design with Pattern.



Bespoke Colors & Design

Have a specific grey or yellow fabric that you would like to use? Custom is in—choose your own dimensions, specifications, materials, finishes, and hardware to customize one of our existing furniture pieces. Learn more about our bespoke services in the Custom House.

We hope this inspired you to try new colors, finishes, and fabrics in your designs! What are your thoughts on the colors of the year? Do you follow color trends? Share your pros and cons on Ultimate Grey and Illuminating in the comments below—we can’t wait to see what hues will be chosen for the years to come!

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