It’s dramatic yet thoughtful, complex yet visionary, non-conforming yet mindful. And no, this isn’t a critic review for the next big Hollywood blockbuster. It’s the 2018 Pantone Color of the YearTM —ultra violet.
Officially named Pantone®-18-3838, this shade of purple lives up to its name as both bright and vibrant. Comprising of rich hues, this color falls on the cooler end of the color spectrum with tints of blue. For a more visual approach, the experts at Pantone recommend thinking in purple-clad iconic figures such as Prince, David Bowie or Jimi Hendrix.
With that being said, just like its association with the royalty, whether musical or monarchy, this color shares the same intimidation factors for many novice home decorators (speaking for myself). Luckily, experts say it is actually easier than you think. Here are a few ways to incorporate this hue into your home interior.
Pantone Ultra Violet: Add a Pop of Purple with Patterns
Last year introduced the concept of “maximalism.” This décor trend encourages the unlikely matching of various patterns for a fresh and fun new look for your home’s interior space. And it looks like this year it is back and even more popular than ever.
To fully embrace this décor movement, consider investing in patterns featuring blue tones of purple. These can add an even brighter, more vibrant splash of color complementary to your home’s décor.
Wallpaper, which is back in style for 2018, is another way to incorporate this color into your home. Plus, it has the capability to fit nicely, especially if your style prefence is more eclectic or vintage.
Geometrically-patterned tiles fit with both modern and contemporary styles. Consider adding a new look, as well as some pizzazz to your bathroom floor or kitchen backsplash.
Whichever style you prefer, mixing and matching new patterns can make a disjointed look a unifier for your space.
Pantone Ultra Violet: Make an Impact with Purple Provisions
When it comes to incorporating a new color, it’s always best to take baby steps.
Try a flower with purple hues such as a lilac. Adding a few sprigs of this garden favorite is not only aesthetically pleasing but provides an esquire spring fragrance.
Or invest in a few throw pillows or blankets. These are not only easy to swap out but are typically affordable and allow for a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your preference. Or, consider a vintage rug featuring this shade to lighten up a room in your home.
A lot of retailers are featuring an array of décor in this shade. Consider swapping out a more outdated light fixture for one that makes a room pop.
If you’re feeling a bit braver, a glamorous furniture piece. If done correctly, these bright focal points can create a whole new updated look and feel to your interior. Consider a couch in this color, made up of another trending style for this year— velvet.
Pantone Ultra Violet: Use Paint for a Purple Punch
Instead of jumping in feet first and painting your walls in this shade, there are various ways to make it an accent.
Consider painting the baseboards and trim in one of your rooms. You can even combine this color with a contrasting shade for a more bohemian feel. This color stands out on its own, and using this technique when combined with light gray or white adds a splash of color that isn’t overwhelming.
If you’re still a bit hesitant about committing to painting your walls this color, try it behind closed doors first. Invest in a few purple baskets for laundry room storage. Use storage bins to store your various items for a stylish bathroom vanity. You can also try this same technique in either your bedroom closet or your kitchen.
Good news? If you’re ready to fully embrace this electric hue it can be done. Small spaces can pull off this color well. Try it out in a laundry room to instantly add energy and lift the mood of a room typically used for chores.
Do you have any additional tips and tricks for decorating with this tricky tone? Feel free to leave it in our comment section below.