Pantone Colour of the Year 2018
Pantone has chosen Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple, as their Colour of the Year for 2018. According to their website, this colour is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
Why I Love Ultra Violet
This bold purple is a beautiful colour. For me, it would be the perfect colour to describe who I want to be – strong, bold and beautiful. For lack of a better term: purple adds “femininity” or softness to a colour scheme but in a bold, strong form. And since purple isn’t the first colour most people turn to for their homes, it also creates a space that looks and feels unique and memorable.
Another thing I love about this colour is that a little goes a long way. Because it is a bold, dramatic colour, you don’t need a lot to make it really pop. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to keep things simple so if I can make a statement with only a few pieces, I’m in! Take the space above by Kim Bartley Design – a few pops of a bold purple are all it takes to add a ton of personality to an otherwise neutral space.
I particular love purple as an accent colour for a work space or home office. Purple is often associated with royalty and used to symbolize power, luxury and ambition. It is said to symbolize wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity as well. I find that, when used properly, purple can create a space that is energizing and stimulating to the senses. A few months ago, we challenged one of our design bloggers, Michelle Cook, Principal Designer at Indesign, created the above dream home office design board and she chose to use purple paired with a neutral palette, modern shapes and luxurious textures. I absolutely love the design board and it renewed my love for this bold colour choice!
Where to Use Ultra Violet
Do I think we’re going to see a sudden surge of people decorating their homes in purple this year? Probably not. Purple is one of those colours that you either love or hate and if you don’t love it, it’s an easy colour to get tired of. I don’t think we’ll see a lot of people suddenly falling in love with the colour. That being said, I would love to see more homeowners embracing the use of purple in their homes.
Designer Nicholas Rosaci, Principal Designer at Nicholas Rosaci Interiors, is known for his use of bright colour as seen above in a gorgeous home office that featured a deep bluish purple on the walls and a beautiful, bold purple accent chair!
If this is a little to bold for your tastes, adding a few purple accents to a space is a great way to play with the colour in a more subtle manner. For instance, the above living room, designed by Jackie Glass of Jackie Glass Inc, includes a pair of rich, purple accent chairs.
In the above bedroom Jackie Glass added a soft purple feature wall with a few bold purple accents. Some of the easiest ways to add this colour with minimal commitment: fresh florals, vases, artwork and throw pillows.
By Crystal Shore, Online Editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine
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