Pantone's Colour of the Year 2018
Pantone's Colour of the Year 2018
The Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838); Since 1999 Pantone have brought us a global ‘colour of the year’ prediction which each year has been highly reflective in world of interiors and fashion.
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.
Why Ultra Violet?
Pantone predictions are no longer a trend but a reflection of the world that we live in; just like in your home interiors a story is required to evoke a deep connection with emotion with any form of design. Ultra Violet highlights key elements found in line with the current trend movement across the world from creative expression through to
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Purple, namely ‘Ultra violet’ is seen as the highest spiritual link between empowering Red and heavenly Blue – Although seen as a leader colour, the variations of the spectrum are all valid hues of the Ultra Violet palette; more of us than ever before are seeking sanctuary in places known for inducing an ingenious mind-set; consider of the mystical lighting often used in meditation and yoga studios and the psychology behind these ‘magical’ relaxation practices.
Enigmatic purples are known for being a symbol of vibrancy and radiation, this is often translated into the unconventional. Icons across music, fashion and art such as Prince, David Bowie, Keith Haring, Grace Jones and even Liz Taylor are perceptive to have artistic brilliance pushing the forefront of creative culture throughout the western world. This experimental shade is spurring society to make its mark and push boundaries as a creative outlet; as we move forward we are living in a time that requires a depth of inventiveness and imagination that leads to not only creative inspiration, but both intrigue and self-discovery. Personality driven design is at the height of existence with individuals longing to be recognised across social platforms for uniqueness.
What does this mean for interior design?
Ultra Violet could be seen as a rather intimidating for a full interior choice, so naturally Pantone has developed a series of colour palettes to help you introduce a little bit of mystical vibrancy into your homes with ease:
The 8 official colour palettes from Pantone
‘Emulating a desert sunset, a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the evening sky.’
‘Inspired by the colours we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and deep, dark navy, Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.’
‘Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure unadulterated colour which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.’
‘Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accents by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.’
‘Invoking a sense of mystery a palette of nature’s blues and greens combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic exudes a quiet strength.’
‘Show stopping saturated colour combined with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.’
‘Sitting side by side on the colour wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humour and playful exuberance make for easy and engaging colour mixes.’
‘Embodying calmness a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly comingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and honoured.’
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Three ways to work Ultra Violet into your interiors
1) Welcome - We are presented with multiple hues between the red and blue spectrum, work in various shades from this magical colour family. From delicate accents of lilac and mauve or even blush to blue, the vibrancy of ultra violet will take on a softened approach; a natural injection of colour will not only keep your interiors on trend but also make Ultra Violet feel welcome.
2) Embrace – If you’re going all out with a purple theme in line with current trends, let your interiors take a dark, romantic approach. Ultra Violet will long for attention from supersaturated hues in rich variants. Think art deco, place this colour of artistic brilliance with plush fabrics such as velvet, and leather, and opulent materials such as espresso browns, dark woods and black marbles, inject some metallic accents in there to ooze luxury.
3) Highlight – Maybe purple just isn’t your thing or you’re not comfortable with such intense colour with in your home; no problem, try small accents of Ultra Violet in a minimalistic approach. From pillows and blankets to a vintage patterned rug, or maybe a simplified centrepiece of your favourite purple florals; take baby steps, you may just end up adding more and more.