For this week’s column I wanted to look ahead at the colours that we will see emerge in the Home Interiors sector in 2018. The ‘Pantone Colour Institute’ is a world leader in the world of colour and provides colour trend forecasting and colour insights for both the Fashion and Interiors sectors. Every year the Pantone Institute announce their colour for the following year. This year Pantone followed up on 2017′s Greenery by selecting Ultra Violet as the colour of the year 2018.
Leatrice Eiseman, Director of the Pantone Colour Institute describes it as “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”
This purple colour has rich transcendent connections and is often associated with spirituality and mindfulness. It’s richness in colour gives it a mystical quality. Likewise, purple is also associated with wealth and royalty and Eiseman describes it as “nonconforming.” Eiseman explains, “Because it has both warm and cool temperatures that are inherent in it, it has more versatility than people might think it has.”
Purples tend to work well together but they also they can also act as strong complementary colours. It can work really well when mixed with jewelled tones like emeralds and sapphires.
For subtle interior design schemes, consider using Ultra Violet as an accent colour against subtle greys.
Consider using Ultra Violet in your accessories such as small kitchen appliances, throws, cushions, vases art and even rugs to give an instant up to date look to your existing interiors.
For a rich decadent look consider statement pieces like a sofa or headboard in an opulent velvet fabric in colour Ultra Violet.
Likewise According to Pantone, “In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a colour that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take centre stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness colour and design to entice travellers and stay relevant.”
For a more contemporary look you could also consider mixing ‘Ultra Violet’ with metallics like gold and brass for a sophisticated opulent look.
I hope you have found this weeks column interesting and that I have given you some inspiration on how you can introduce ‘Ultra Violet’ into your home in the year ahead.