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Pantone colour of the year 2021

Posted on the 24/01/2021 by Karndean Designflooring

We've all heard the exciting news, Pantone has released not one but two independent colours to inspire us for the new year promoting “A deeper sense of thoughtfulness with the promise of something warm and sunny and friendly.” Pantone describes.

Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow

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These colours are very fitting with our continued optimism for the new year. Let's take a look at pairing Karndean LVT wood looks with this new and fresh colour inspiration in mind.

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Opus Collection

To work this on-trend duo into homes, implement a few sunny accents to brighten your client’s mood. Especially for those who are working from home, this is an easy way to freshen a home office space in line with the new energy 2021 brings in this gorgeous colour inspiration selection.

We recommend utilising Illuminating Yellow to add a pop of colour, for instance, cushions or designer pieces such as ceramics or soft furnishings that can be updated easily in your clients living and bedroom spaces or towels and flowers in the kitchen and bathroom spaces.

For a more substantial dose of these versatile hues and taking inspiration from Ultimate Grey, we look to our contemporary Grano flooring from our Opus range for inspiration.

Grano laid in herringbone next to another bold Opus flooring option such as Carbo, creates a contemporary, clean timber look in a way that balances this union, providing a modern and versatile backdrop for splashes of yellow. Fully waterproof and featuring a .5mm wear layer, our Opus collection products offer a practical flooring option for busy family homes and commercial spaces.

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LooseLay Collection


Earthy shades pair beautifully with other natural organic hues and tones, so we like to consider shades of yellow and grey from the autumnal colour pallet such as ‘mustard seed’ and Dulux ‘Rainmaker’.

Accessorising this duo in a denotive way against earthier organic elements such as our LooseLay Hartford & Country Oak creates a timeless warm combination, as small and simple changes such as updating decor with your pre-existing wood and stone mantels can really drive in a ‘fresh beginning's feeling for the new year.

Our LooseLay wood-look products feature an impressive R10 slip rating, 15-year commercial and lifetime residential warranties for added peace of mind.

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Korlok Collection


Korlok Shadow Oak is a characterful design with subtle shadow cross sawn markings and a muted weathered appearance.

With its contemporary light cool grey undertones, paired with the bold shades of Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey this fresh and vibrant look underscores our desire for flexibility and energy in the new year.

Here we have illustrated the use of bold pink alongside Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey, demonstrating a very simple way to uplift a minimalist living room design into an impression of self-expression.

Our Rigid Core Korlok products offer a quick and easy-to-install, 5G® click-locking flooring solution suitable for heavy-duty commercial and domestic use.

As always, we will keep you updated throughout the year with the latest trends throughout 2021, and likewise, we would love to see how you have used yellow and grey in your home décor! Upload a photo to Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook and tag @Karndean_ANZ

Have you also tried our Digital Specification Library visualiser tool? This amazing tool allows you to see our many flooring options in your client's space.