4 Ways to Add Pantone Illuminating to Your Life

The color yellow inherently represents happiness, hope and halcyon days. Pantone selected “Illuminating” for one of its 2021 colors of the year. It is a warm, cheery hue that ignites a spark of fizzy joy.

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating express a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us a resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

Here are a few ways to incorporate this sensational shade into your life this spring!

Peugeot Pep, $25

Pantone Illuminating Ideas - Peugeot Pep

Pep’s Manual 2-in-1 saltshaker and pepper mill is compact, and brings together two functions: in its bottom section, a pepper mill, and at the top a salt cellar. The Pep’s compact stature makes it the perfect spring picnic companion, and brightens the countertop or kitchen table in your home!

Lemonpop Quad Skates by C7, $119

Pantone Illuminating Ideas - Lemonpop Quad Skates by C7

These roller-skates are JOY on wheels! Bring the easy breezy skate culture of Southern California into your world with a little childhood nostalgia. Lace up and hit the sidewalks with your kids or find an empty parking lot to create an obstacle course worthy of these citrus-hued cruisers.

Playful by Meredith Sinclair x Gigi Seasons Collection, $29.99+

Long-time Chicago Parent readers know contributor Meredith Sinclair and her special brand of effervescent energy. She recently launched a collection with Gigi Seasons called Playful, and the color yellow is splashed liberally throughout! From the Puffer Hug (a product Sinclair designed years ago with her children!), to the Audrey Camera Bag to the Bolt Pashmina, this collection invites you to evoke your playful side and incorporate it into everyday life. This collection celebrates having fun with style at every beautiful age.

Bright & Focused Nail Polish by Olive and June, $8

My love for fun manicures knows no bounds; it is a simple pick-me-up that is low cost, easily changed, and lets you experience a little joy as you take on mundane, everyday tasks. Olive and June is one of my favorite brands – equity-sales-trader-turned-nail-salon-owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle is a true inspiration. The brand even offers free virtual at-home manicure classes and tips to help you nail it. Try them with this sunny shade.


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This article was featured in Chicago Parent’s March/April 2021 magazine

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