Is your apartment living space feeling drab after spending hours working from home? Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone with some new, bold colors? Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect color for your space, especially when there are so many to choose from!

Thankfully, Pantone's colors of the year can help you out. The color experts have picked Illuminating and Ultimate Gray as the colors of 2021. Illuminating is a soft, solid shade of yellow and Ultimate Gray is, well, gray. The two work together perfectly in what Pantone calls an enduring union.

Find your style and see which ways these two colors can give your apartment a boost!

Natural Decor for Apartments

Illuminating, the yellow of the color duo can be seen in several places in nature. If you're ready for sunny vibes, then Illuminating is perfect for your apartment. Houseplants that have sunny yellow hues such as Chrysanthemums, Begonias, and Primroses are great options. No green thumb? Try for some faux plants from websites like Wayfair or Pottery Barnthat will bring hassle-free color. 


Since Illuminating is yellow, you can give the sun a nod. Buy a cheap floor lamp for your living room or a tiny lamp to set by your bedside. Customizable lights such as Philips Hue or Hatch alarm clocks allow you to select specific colors (like Illuminate) and will brighten your morning, even on days when the sun is hiding behind the darkest gray clouds. 

Flower Pots

The rusty-looking terracotta flower pots are some of the cheapest on the market. Head to your nearest craft store and color match some paint to Illuminate and Ultimate Gray, then give your pots a fresh coat. Get creative with the design – the possibilities are endless! Once dry, plant with real or faux plants and surround your apartment with color. You can leave these by your back window, in your bathroom, or to give extra life to your office. 


To give Ultimate Gray some love, grab up a couple of gray throw pillows! You can get new gray pillowcases or some fluffy, cozy pillows at stores such as HomeGoods or Target. Add some small, bright yellow accent pillows to the mix to complete your look. 


If you have a blank space on your wall or want to change up your apartment seasonally, art is the best place to experiment with color! Check out unique pieces of work on or

You can create some pretty amazing abstract pieces on your own, too. Start with a white canvas, painter's tape, and Illuminating or Ultimate Gray paint. If you're feeling bold, try both colors! Use the painter's tape to create lines on the canvas, ideally triangles and geometric shapes. Then, use the paint to fill them in. Allow the paint to dry, then peel off the tape, and you have a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind masterpiece to hang up!

Statement Chair

What makes your apartment more luxurious than a lavish chair? A lavish chair in the color of the year! Find a cozy yellow or gray chair, or something unique such as a mid-century style piece, then add a throw blanket in the complementary color. This may just become your favorite place to unwind at the end of each day.


Curtains are an often overlooked aspect of decorating an apartment. They add layers of style, though, if you pick the right ones! If you already have a lot of color in your apartment, selecting curtains in Ultimate Gray will be your best bet. For more neutral color schemed, spicing things up with bright yellow curtains can add some sun to your interior while creating a unique conversation piece.  

For maximum luxe, get light curtains that fall all the way to the floor. This will give your apartment an airy feel while still providing the opulence and luxury you want! 

Get Decorating!

Though apartments can be decorated with trendy colors and fun ideas, remember to pick concepts that fit your personality! It's easy to get caught up in popular items and trendy colors, but your apartment should be unique to you. 

If you're ready to get decorating, start by choosing one element to incorporate first. Then, move to another element and continuing to slowly build your apartment into a home you love.