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How to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home

Pantone Ultra VioletEvery year, the Pantone Color Institute releases their defining color of the year—a trendsetting shade that’s reflected in the world of design. In 2017, Pantone embraced the natural hue of greenery, a fresh and neutral shade of green. In 2018, they’ve shifted gears and selected a rich, lush, and attention-grabbing shade of purple known as Ultra Violet as the color of the year.

Why Ultra Violet?

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes Ultra Violet as “a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.” Reflecting a culture of originality and visionary thinking, Ultra Violet is symbolic of the vast and limitless night skies. Eiseman also describes Ultra Violet as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos.” When it comes to interior design, the potential of Ultra Violet is limitless. Whether it’s used as an accent or as a room’s primary color, the appeal of Ultra Violet is unmistakable. Here are five easy tips and tricks for getting the most out of Ultra Violet:
  1. Make a bold statement
  2. Add a pop of color
  3. Embrace contrast
  4. Mix and match with natural materials
  5. Explore color palettes

1.      Make a bold statement

Beige, gray, and other muted tones can dominate much of a room’s interior design. If you’re the type who doesn’t shy away from vibrant colors, Ultra Violet is a shade that’s perfect for making a bold statement.
This living room packs a punch with Ultra Violet and other complementary hues incorporated throughout the room, from the couch cushions to the coordinated wall art. Faint hints of Ultra Violet can be seen in the curtains surrounding the room as well. Despite the saturation of the color, the light walls and floors keep the room from looking too dark, overwhelming, or closed-in.

2.      Add a pop of color

If you’re not looking to commit to an Ultra Violet-heavy room, the color can still be used to add a perfect pop of vibrancy anywhere in your home. Because it’s such a lush and deeply saturated hue, Ultra Violet can make a large impact on a room even in small doses. A pop of color is the perfect way to experiment with Ultra Violet without committing to a major change to your room’s interior. Our favorite ways to use Ultra Violet as a pop of color include:
  • Throw rugs
  • Accent walls
  • Furniture pieces

Throw rugs

An easy and accessible way to add a pop of color to your home is with a throw rug. If you think your room is missing that special something to tie it all together, a rug in a fun shade such as Ultra Violet may be the answer.
Since Ultra Violet works well with so many shades, it doesn’t need to be the dominant color in a piece in order to shine. In this example, a geometrically designed area rug featuring Ultra Violet and other varying shades of purple, pink, and tan adds a nice touch of color to the dining room space.
For a mono-colored option, this Ultra-Violet throw rug embodies the lush richness of the color without looking overwhelming.

Accent walls

An accent wall allows you to experiment with color without fully committing to it. Ultra Violet is a great choice for accent walls and can add to the style of any room.
This trendy bedroom utilizes an Ultra Violet accent wall and coordinating bedspread to liven up the space.

Furniture pieces

For a pop of color that you can move from room to room, furniture pieces are a great choice. Tables, chairs, cabinets, and more will help you accomplish a bold look in any room.
These modern dining chairs add a nice hint of Ultra Violet to the dining room and give the room the pop of color it needs to avoid looking too bland.

3.      Embrace contrast

Contrast between colors can create a unique look in any room. But, there’s a fine line between contrasting and clashing. To keep your Ultra Violet accents from crossing this line, play it safe by following the 60-30-10 rule. According to this rule, the colors in a room should follow the following percentages:
  • 60% dominate color
  • 30% secondary color
  • 10% accent color
Of course, there’s no rule in interior design that can’t be reworked with a little creativity. Experiment with color combinations and use as much, or as little, or each color to help you accomplish a look that you feel good about.
This living room follows the 60-30-10 rule, with the majority of the room’s color coming from the white walls and flooring. The Ultra Violet couch and floral display contribute to the next largest share of color. Finally, the green accent pillows play off the couch to give off a nice pop of contrast.

4.      Mix and match with natural materials

Another way to add Ultra Violet to your home is to mix and match with various materials. Whether that means wood, brick, or natural stone is up to you—but no matter what, you’re sure to love the results. Ultra Violet can be warmed up through the use of warm-toned natural materials, or used for a sleek and modern feeling with darker materials like slate or granite.
This contemporary dining room incorporates Ultra Violet in both the dining chairs and the opposing wall’s artwork. The rich brown hardwood floors and table compliment the hues.

5.      Explore color palettes

Once you’ve decided on how you’re going to use Ultra Violet in your home, it’s time to figure out what colors will complement your space. Luckily, Pantone created a variety of color palettes featuring Ultra Violet that can help you visualize what colors to incorporate with it into your design. Whether you choose a muted palette for a calm bedroom, or a vibrant palette for an eye-catching dining room, the options are endless when it comes to Ultra Violet.

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