2018 Trends: Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of the Year
Every year we all wait for this interior design moment we wait for all year – the release of the Pantone Color of the Year, and for 2018 Trends is no exception.This is the defining hue that takes its cues from the year behind us and attempts to set the tone for the year ahead.
This year, the color experts at Pantone followed up on 2017’s Greenery by selecting a hue that’s as unexpected as it is refreshing: Ultra Violet. And along with this post, we share with you stunning sideboard designs with this color.
Ultra Violet, or Pantone 18-3838, is a complex, celestial shade of purple, veering toward the cooler end of the color spectrum, that calls to mind the vastness of the galaxy, the power of spirituality, and creative expression in all its forms.
What are the inspirations behind this year’s color pick?
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, told ELLE Decor that purple has rich, transcendent associations, noting,” It’s often associated with mindfulness practices, so it has that spiritual or mystical quality that’s attached — a little bit of magic that’s inferred in the color.”
Certainly, purples of every shade are deeply evocative. Purple has been associated with royalty, wealth, complexity, craftsmanship, ecclesiastical power, and counterculturalism. Eiseman describes it as “nonconforming.” It’s a potent and resonant hue. Still, it’s wonderfully — surprisingly — accessible.
If you wonder what does Ultra Violet pair with, not only do purples mesh together marvelously, they also serve as strong complementary colors — perhaps paired with last year’s Greenery. Ultra Violet, in particular, speaks to the mutability of contemporary culture.