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It’s that time of year again! The holidays are in full swing, people are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions and the world’s color authority, Pantone, has released their color of the year!
According to Pantone’s website, ultra violet is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade … [that] communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
This shade of purple has typically been associated with mindfulness, which Pantone felt is needed in our world, where many things are constantly fighting for our attention.
Unlike some of the previous years’ colors, like greenery or marsala, ultra violet is a bold, vibrant color that makes a big statement. It may seem like it would be harder to incorporate this color into your home, but that’s not necessarily true.
We talked with designers from across the country to get their tips and tricks to use the color of the year in your home.
Make a Splash
Ultra violet is not for the faint of heart – this color makes a statement!
Keep in mind, though, that too much of this color could be overwhelming. Erika Bodine, design director and assistant sales manager at LuxeDecor, warns, “I would recommend against painting all four walls of a room with this color, as it would likely be a little too much for any space, but an accent wall is a great way to incorporate a bold color that doesn’t distract from the other design elements in the room.”
If you’re not ready to commit to a wall color (let’s face it – that’s a lot of work, especially if you’ll want to change the color in a year). Try introducing ultra violet with a throw rug or an accent chair. Ashley Rose Marino, interior decorator and owner of Ashley Marino Designs, says, “If you want to go bold, get an accent chair with a pattern that features ultra violet. Updating your space with a bold chair would work well in a space that’s dominated by neutrals for a serious pop.”
Mark Cutler of Mark Cutler Design calls this creating an “island.” He explains, “I don’t think this is the color for an entire room, but use it as a visual island that will anchor the space.” He recommends doing this with a purple velvet sofa or a high-gloss purple ceiling.
Create Interest with Agates
Agates are a semiprecious gemstone, and they’re a great way to bring color into any room. Their translucent quality keeps them from drawing too much attention.
“For small touches, agate is still super on trend,” says Marino. “For a really stunning accent, I’d use agate coasters or an agate slice table lamp to bring a pop of ultra violet into your home.”
Agates are versatile, too. You can find them built into tabletops, counters, candle holders, and even sinks! Using them to show off some pops of color is a great natural way to incorporate the color in a simple way.
Pair It with Metallic and Iridescent Finishes
Metallic and iridescent finishes have been trending for a while and will likely continue to be popular in 2018. Bring in two trends by pairing ultra violet with these finishes.
“With the rise of metallic and iridescent decor, I would definitely use ultra violet as an accent wall in a living room or dining room, then add in metallic or iridescent elements,” says Bonny Ford, editor of the FurnishMyWay blog. “It would really add to the mermaid/unicorn trend that has been going on, and give it an almost space-like element with all of the metallic. It will be a fun color to play with this year.”
If you’re not into the playful fantasy feel of unicorns and mermaids, try something a little more sophisticated, like metallic geometric shapes. You could also pair a matte, ultra violet accent wall with some iridescent vases or frames for a glamourous, modern look.
Utilize Jewel Tones
Ultra violet pairs well with other jewel tones. Incorporating them into your space can give it an elegant, luxurious vibe while still being eclectic.
“Many people will laugh at this, but I think of purple as almost a neutral,” says Cutler. “You can use it with other rich tones like ruby and emerald green for a fantastic jewel tone room.”
Trying pairing these colors in a neutral room by using throw pillows or artwork. With the rest of the room fairly neutral, these colors will pop and create visual interest.
Get the Look
No matter how you incorporate it into your home, ultra violet is definitely a showstopper. If you’re looking for a piece to bring the color of the year home, try some of our favorites from around the web:
- Rockcloud 10 Pcs Agate Light Table Slices
- T-fal Nonstick Cookware
- Riverside Tool & Dye X UO Hand-Dyed Pastel Mudcloth
- Paper Muse Aquarella Wallpaper
- H&M Floral Pillow Cover
- Hartcourt Chesterfield Sofa
- Container Floral Armchair
- Delphine Dye Duvet Cover
- Hamilton Beach Shimmer Finish Slow Cooker
- Clarity Lavender Acrylic Stemware
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