How to Decorate With Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

How to Decorate With Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

By Jennifer Ott, Houzz

Color management company Pantone Color Institute unveiled its selection for Color of the Year for 2018, and it’s an enchanting choice: a deep purple called Ultra Violet. Pantone says it chose this color because it conveys “originality and ingenuity, is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.”

Jennifer Ott Design, original photo on Houzz

Intriguing indeed. And while I can see this shade being a hit on fashion catwalks, I have a feeling it will receive mixed reviews when it comes to decorating, due to its intensity.

Last year’s selection for 2017, Greenery, while also a bold choice, was relatively easy to integrate into the home because we tend to favorably associate green with nature. It almost works as a neutral. In my work as an architectural color consultant, I did notice a slight uptick in demand for Greenery-esque hues after last year’s announcement, but mostly in the form of small accents, like on a front door.

It’s important to point out that these annual color selections are not a call to redecorate one’s home in the latest trendy hues. Few of us have the budget or wherewithal to redo our decor every year.

But my advice to those who are drawn to a particular color when it gets anointed as “on-trend” is that it will suddenly become easier to find furnishings and decorative accessories in that hue. So this means 2018 will be a good year to stock up on all things purple, if you love the color.

Now let’s take a look at Ultra Violet’s potential in the home. You might be surprised by just how great it can look.

Lindi Reynolds Interior Design, original photo on Houzz

Because it’s such a lush, deeply saturated hue, Ultra Violet has a large impact even in small doses. The living room shown here has punches of purple throughout the space, but because they are relatively small, and the bulk of the room is light and bright, the effect is colorful while still looking restrained and elegant.

Ripples Bathrooms, original photo on Houzz

Purple hues are thought to be soothing, and surrounding ourselves in the color can make us feel more calm. If that’s true for you, then it’s a fantastic color choice in the bathroom, especially if you are a fan of long, leisurely baths.

Hubley Design Interiors, LLC, original photo on Houzz

As a calming hue, purple is an obvious choice in a bedroom as well. I like using an intense hue for a headboard wall, as in this bedroom, while keeping the remaining walls light and neutral.

Sticks + Stones Design Group inc., original photo on Houzz

Blue hues are thought to suppress the appetite, and red hues appear to stimulate conversation, so perhaps purple — a mix of blue and red — is a great choice in a dining space for those looking to drop some weight while still having lively dinner parties!

All kidding aside, purple is an unusual hue for a dining room or kitchen, but I think it works well in the rooms shown here because they get plenty of light, which keeps the purple from veering gloomy. They also include light-colored and neutral elements, which provide a grounding counterbalance to the more eye-catching purple.

Momoko Morton, original photo on Houzz

I tend to nudge my design clients to be daring with color in spaces where they don’t spend large amounts of time. I personally don’t enjoy lounging for long periods in rooms with loud color schemes, but I appreciate that vibrant and unusual hues can perk up a space.

By reserving the more assertive hues for rooms in which you don’t tend to linger — such as entryways, hallways and stairways — you can introduce visually stimulating colors into the home without feeling overwhelmed by bold color.

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