A Bright Union

Pantone, the authority on color for the last 20 years, has named two colors as this years Color of the Year. Ultimate Gray and Illumination, a cheery yellow, come together to create an optimistic mood. Ultimate Gray is practical and rock solid, while Illuminating is bright and cheerful. A color combo to give us all hope for a more certain and sunnier 2021.

By Melissa Mauzy 


Bright Welcome By Sparano + Mooney Architecture. This residential design is for a new home located at the base of Park City ski resort in Utah. This view of the yellow pivot entry door is from the perspective of the great room. The door marks the transition from the front porch to the foyer with a welcoming bright color that is visible from the street. 

Bright Bedroom By Lucy Harris Studio. The designer created a colorful, soft and serene bedroom for their client. Painting the walls a light green-gray and using the same color for the Roman shades helped to achieve this look. A limited palette of bright colors repeated throughout the room brought in the colorful aspect. To balance the offset window behind the bed, the designer added wall paneling to create symmetry.

Home in the Sky By ORA studio. This spacious apartment in the iconic Bloomberg Tower in New York City has expansive views of the Hudson River, Central Park and East River. The open layout and windows wrapping around the living room and kitchen give a sense of depth and infinity. The bespoke bookshelf and furniture by ORA studio NYC by Giusi Mastro blended with high-end European products give a contemporary feel to this home in the sky.

Sunny Screened In By Tigerman McCurry Architects. This south facing screened porch overlooking a geothermal meadow is a microcosm of the iconic modern farmhouse itself, which is clad in white corrugated metal with Rain Coat Yellow windows and steel doors.  The floor is a grey French Limestone, which is echoed in the Perennials upholstery fabric. Frank Gehry’s Hat Trick chairs surround a Saarinen pedestal table both from Knoll.

Destination Dining Room By Stanton Schwartz Design. A fun, young family from Wellesley, MA finally found their forever home, and this beautiful dining room is was a favorite space for the designer. The designer incorporated their love of entertaining with a passion for art in a space that felt more like a destination and less like a stuffy dining room from generations past. Incorporating a bold patterned wallpaper in a grayscale kept it from being too overwhelming, while the pop of blue velvet upped the “cool factor." The space is finished off with architectural lighting from Kelly Wearstler.

Cozy with Color By K&L Interiors. The designer worked with a Seattle couple to create a cozy living room. They incorporated tailored, yet comfortable furniture pieces. The color palette is mostly neutral, with a couple of restrained pops of color.

A Touch of Fun By Texas Construction Company. Working closely with the architect, the designer completed a whole-home renovation that included changing layouts of corridors, renovating bathrooms and repairing structural issues. A poorly integrated previous addition topped by a sloped shed roof was integrated into the original architecture by adding a covered porch that formed a more cohesive gabled end. Finally, the designer updated the finishes of the entire house using classic grays and whites and painted the hardwood floors chartreuse for a touch of fun.