Liven Up Your Life With The Pantone Colours Of 2021: The Illuminating Edition

Renew your room and your wardrobe collection with this vibrant yellow hue.

By Chris Ong      2 February 2021

Not feeling the ashen-toned products of Ultimate Gray (Pantone 17-5104), featured in our story about the two Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 here? Then, brighten up your living space and clothing choices with Illuminating (Pantone 13-0647).

Described as “a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power” by Pantone, it’s been paired with Ultimate Gray to convey “a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” Even if you wish to forego the grey half, you can still depend on “Illuminating” your home and fashion wear to make 2021 a more cheery year for you. Here are a few choice picks to help you start on your yellow brick road to happiness.

Gentle Monster

Momati YC2 sunglasses,  $249, Gentle Monster

Finding it hard to look at the world through rose-tinted glasses during these troubled times? Then uplift yourself up with some yellow-framed ones instead. These acetate shades may seem too bold to carry off, but the classic squarish-shaped design and 100% UV protection gray gradient lenses tone it down enough to make it a casual accessory to wear for a fun-in-the-sun day out. Plus, it will add pizzazz to your outfit and make you look cool in the eyes of trendsetters; after all, this pair is from the fashionista-beloved Korean brand.

Available at Gentle Monster boutiques, multiple locations, gentlemonster.com


KNÖLIG small bag, $1.50, IKEA

This is way too cute not to be mentioned. Made from the same base material polypropylene as the furniture giant’s FRAKTA carrier bags, this miniature pouch rendered in bright yellow, comes with a keychain and zipper. But at 9cm wide and 7cm tall, what can you carry in this? We suggest keys and coins, and for the little ones, it makes a great gift for them to accessorise their school bags and hold their secret stash of sweets.

Available at IKEA stores, multiple locations, ikea.com/sg

White Hearts Glass and Sterling Silver Double-Wrap Bracelet, $173, Mikia

If wearing shades of sunshine is not really your thing, why not settle for a pop of it in your outfit, instead? Try an accessory to add an accent of colour, such as this yellow bracelet by Japanese brand Mikia. Inspired by designer Aki Mitsubayashi’s travels, this handcrafted-in-Japan beaut is made of yellow and white, round and tubular glass beads, and sterling silver discs. Put this on easy (it comes with silver-plated button fastening) and make a stylish impression.

Available at mrporter.com

Raw Emotions Zha Huo Dian
Tibetan Tiger Mascot Rug, $189 (S size) and $259 (M size), Raw Emotions

This is for the bold and the brave when it comes to their décor; a tiger rug. Not one made from a real tiger pelt, of course, but Hong Kong based indie streetwear brand Raw Emotions’ colourful take on the traditional Tibetan tiger rug. Made of 100% polyester microfiber and available in two sizes – S (100cm x 50cm) and M (150cm x 89cm), it’s an ice-breaker and statement-maker when you have guests coming over, plus, your kids are bound to love it!

Available at The Corner Shop/Zha Huo Dian shop and outlets, various locations, zhahuodian.sg

Striped Polo Shirt, $59.90, ZARA

Wearing an entirely yellow top might be too OTT for some of us; luckily, this one won’t make a banana out of you. It actually might make you appear rugged and sporty, since this green and yellow striped long-sleeved cotton polo shirt looks so much like a rugby jersey. Loose-fitting enough to keep things casual, but collared and fitted with a concealed button placket so it makes you look smart, it’s perfect to pair with chinos for date-night or CNY visiting with the fam.

Available at ZARA stores, multiple locations, zara.com/sg

Classic Clog, $54.95, Crocs

Crocs? Really? Yes, for realz, because if you haven’t heard, Justin Bieber’s own yellow collab with the brand last October for the “Croc-tober” launch of his bright yellow design with custom Jibbitz charms hyped this brand up again. While you may no longer be able to get your hands on Bieb’s version, who says you can’t buy a similarly yellow model Classic Clog and adorn it with your own choice of charms? Besides, comfy wear is in, and even if you can’t kick it, your kid might just dig it instead. 

Available at Crocs shops, multiple locations, crocs.com.sg

Macaron Family
Macaron Pot, $69.90 (Small), $89.90 (Big Pot Farmers L), Macaron Family

“Borne” of the furniture and home accessories brand seen in K-drama and variety shows such as Happy Together and Love To The End, these “members” of the Macaron Family will bring smiles to your loved ones faces with their squarish emoji/smiley face designs and warm colours. Based off Scandinavian design, the small pot and larger planter are not only great for growing your houseplants in, but can also be used to keep your stationery, and books or shoes, respectively.

Available at Born In Colour, multiple locations, bornincolour.com

All products are subject to availability and prices are subject to change. Prices stated are correct as of time of posting and is based on current exchange rates.


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