Every year, Pantone shakes up the design world with its choice for the color of the year. 2018 is no exception. This year, the winner is a striking shade called Ultra Violet and this bold color has already begun shaking up the design world for the better.
If you’re curious about how this shade came to steal the spotlight, keep reading. We’ve got the scoop on how this color came to be and the tips you need to make it work in your own interiors. Consider this your definitive guide to tackling Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year.
Why Ultra Violet?
To some, Ultra Violet may seem like a bold choice, especially when compared to the self-explanatory Greenery, which was last year’s pick. (Not to mention the soothing tones of Rose Quartz and Serenity that topped the list in 2016.) So, to what do we owe this sudden change?
Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, had this to say regarding their bold choice in a statement accompanying the color’s unveiling:
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. 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.
From what we can see of 2018 design trends thus far, Eiseman has a point. This year is set to bring big changes to the design world. It seems that a landscape full of neutrals and subtlety may be giving way to more daring aesthetics. Maybe this is just the first step.
Cover the walls
No guide on color would be complete without telling you how to handle the walls. While, at first glance, it may seem like Ultra Violet is only fit for a kid’s room, that’s far from the truth. Our guess is that we’ll start seeing electric purple walls pop up throughout a variety of modern and industrial-inspired spaces.
With that in mind, you may want to consider this shade for an accent wall, since it will very clearly succeed at drawing the eye. If that’s your goal, remember to choose the back wall, so you can create a line of sight that encourages viewers to take in the entirety of the space. Those bold enough to consider allowing this shade to carry an entire room should focus on spaces like dining rooms and powder rooms, which can stand up to a strong pop of color.
Highlight kitchen cabinets
Though this may seem like an oddly specific use of color, it’s a natural extension from one of last season’s hottest design trends. In 2017, we saw navy kitchens take over. It’s not too much of a stretch to think that a shade only a few spots down on the color wheel would come to take their place.
Use the picture above as an example. If you decide to go this route, be sure to offset the look with plenty of neutral shades. Think about adding some crisp, white marbles or even a variety of natural woods to balance out the color’s intense impact.
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