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The 2018 Interior Design Moment: Pantone’s Colour of the Year
For anyone interested in interior design, there is no doubt that looking forward and seeing what top designers predict will be the hot trends in the coming year is exciting. And there is nothing more exciting than anticipating what the Pantone Colour Institute choose as the colour of the year.
2017 Colour: Greenery
2017 was the year that green was a top choice for many people to contribute to the atmosphere and ambience of a room. It was a colour that suited many rooms, from the modern fitted kitchen to the productive space of the home office.
It ushered in a fresh look of how shades of green could be used. We loved using dark, earthy greens alongside fresh, white fitted furniture as well as bright, but-not-lime green added a welcome and vibrant feature wall in the hallway.
But with 2017 drawing to a close, many of us were left wondering, would the Pantone Colour of the year 2018 be as bright, vibrant and as unexpected as Greenery was the previous year?
2018 Colour: Ultra Violet
And the colour that Pantone has chosen is Ultra Violet. Vibrant, yet easy to work with, surprising, yet accessible it is a colour that adds depth and drama to a space in equal measure.
And it ‘fits’ with many of the accessories and other colours and shades we have been using in the previous few months too.
Not too dark but not overly light and sugary, it is a rich purple that was chosen, say some experts, to fit with the era of mindfulness that many of us are now practising, alongside a renewed sense of spirituality.
It is also a colour that tends to come to prominence in turbulent times. Many see purple as a celestial colour or one that denotes majesty. Considering the turbulent times we live in, perhaps it is no coincidence that Pantone has chosen this colour.
In other words, it is a colour that adds a little bit of magic. But how do you use it to the best effects?
Here are a few handy hints…
- Team it with royal blue – along with neutral colours, for a contrast with a modern edginess to it, choose a royal blue for cushions and other soft furnishings.
- Darker pinks work too – for a complementary colour, consider a non-sugary, darker tone pink.
- Neutral shades – allow it this shade of purple to shine without becoming too overpowering by using neutral shades of cream. For a lower tone purple, choose a darker, muted cream but try to steer away from using bright white next to it (unless you want a hint of the 80s!).
If there is one thing about this colour that we love, it is the encouragement to experiment with colours around it. And that means enjoying creating your home’s interior and style. A colour that works well with a traditional, modern or even a rustic interior design scheme, we think that Ultra Violet will cause a real stir in the coming year.