Embrace the Ultra Violet: How to Decorate With Pantone’s Color of The Year 2018
If you haven’t heard yet—SPOILER ALERT—Pantone recently announced Ultra Violet as Pantone Color of the Year 2018. That’s right, the year of purple is upon us and now’s the time to start incorporating this “complex and contemplative” hue into your home. So how do you begin to decorate with a color that was once made famous by a singing dinosaur? Here are four ways.
Create a Muse
Whether it’s for your music or art studio, or even your child’s playroom, Ultra Violet is a welcome addition to any creative space with its soothing, inspiring glow. (It’s no wonder rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Prince and J. Mascis have all been seen donning this purple.)
Start incorporating the color as an accent using picture frames and vases—anything that goes on the wall or sits on a desk. You could even add Ultra Violet colored Pedra coasters for a nice touch. The point is to start introducing the color in small doses without becoming overwhelmed. Once you do become acclimated to Ultra Violet’s awe-inspiring pop, then go big with an accent wall for the ultimate creative spark.
Are friends and family not paying attention to your style? Then show them your dramatic side by using the seductive power of Ultra Violet’s dark, moody tones. This color works great in small spaces like entryways or larger spaces like living rooms.
Unlike last year’s Color of the Year, Greenery, you don’t need many accent colors to balance out Ultra Violet’s hue, because it flourishes in oversaturated colors, such as dark leather and velvet. And if you have dark hardwood already installed, then capturing that regal look is even easier as it brings out more of Ultra Violet’s brooding tones.
Make a Splash
Since Ultra Violet is a contemplative color, it works well in a room where you prep for your day. That’s right—it’s a great choice for your bathroom. For a quick purple fix, add a matching shower curtain and a bath mat to bring out the creamy tones of your sink and cabinets. Voila! Instant Ultra Violet flare. The color also serves as a lovely complement to laminate flooring, especially with lighter shaded planks.
But if being bold is part of your 2018 resolution, then painting your bathroom walls completely purple might just be the look for you. While it may be unconventional—which is probably what you’re after—covering the walls in purple will make a bathroom’s white baseboards really pop, which will have guests talking throughout the year.
Add an Accent
Not only does Ultra Violet work as an eye-catching accent wall, it also works well used as accent furniture. Simply placing a single chair decked out in purple can make other colors really pop, especially neutral backdrops. And instead of spending a fortune on new furniture, you could always refinish an older chair to capture a distressed Ultra Violet look for your living room or study, ensuing regal charm.
If purple furniture doesn’t fit your style, purple curtains might. Ultra Violet curtains are a great match for simple and modern furniture. It accentuates lighter colors without becoming too overbearing. Plus, it gives you a stylish look without saying “Hey, look at me!”.
Don’t be intimidated by Ultra Violet’s past—it’s a gorgeous color that can be used in just about any setting depending on your color palette. With minimal rearranging and a few strokes of the brush, welcoming Ultra Violet into your home might be your best décor decision yet.