Blinded By The (Ultra Violet) Light
Well… we didn’t see that coming.
And what, might you ask, did we not see coming? Ultra Violet.
As a company that boasts a community of creatively driven professionals who have a knack for interior design, i.e. our entire interior design department, you might say that we look forward to the Pantone Color of the Year every December. It’s fun to see if our predictions about the year ahead line up with those of the mysterious Pantone color researchers, who (we assume) have a very scientific and rigorous process for finding THE color of the year.
Sure we stay on top of trends in the fashion world… after all, it’s our job to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the styles that will infiltrate the market and inevitably impact the designs we create. We do this by following fashion blogs and influencers on social media, and by visiting High Point Market bi-annually. Our company’s culture is one that promotes the continual flow and evolution of designing beautiful apartments that make our clients’ communities stand apart from the competition – and so we are continually in dialogue about such things as the Pantone Color of the Year.
As the Shock Wears Off
Needless to say, as a collective whole, we were all pretty shocked by the announcement. But, as the shock wears off and we learn where the Pantone color experts came from, we can’t help but feel that the color isn’t as surprising as we had all originally felt it was.
It is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,” Pantone says. They go on to write that it “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”
Honestly, the more we learn about this ultra bright, ultra purple, Ultra Violet color, the more it is starting to grow on us. And, although we don’t think we will be suggesting any Ultra Violet accent walls to our clients over the next year, we do see how this color could promote hope, calm and light in a variety of different living environments.
If you are looking for some ways to add a pop of color to your personal décor, here are some suggestions for doing just that with Ultra Violet 18-3838:
Major Pops of Color
We love how this room uses major pops of color in an otherwise tone-on-tone room. The grey wall, grey flooring and grey couch leave this space vulnerable to the threat of a lifeless, dull vibe… but with the fun pops of purple, pink, blue and yellow scattered throughout the room, the otherwise boring area becomes an interesting and colorful statement of modern meets sophisticated, meets young and playful.
Another thing we love about this look is that the designer didn’t try to hide or work around the wall heaters. Instead, he or she made them pop with the Ultra Violet paint. This gave the outdated system a new, fresh breath of life while making the room layered and interesting.
Ultra Violet, Ultra Luxe
Violet -velvet, they just sound like they go together, don’t they’? If you’re looking to up your living room game to reflect a more sophisticated version of you this year, might we suggest an ultra velvet couch in a luxurious shade of Ultra Violet? When done right, this shade on a beautiful sofa could tie an entire room together!
In need of some inspiration? Check out this Chesterfield Velvet Sofa on Houzz!
Eclectic and Optimistic
Another way you can insert a jolt of ultra violet into your life is by painting an accent wall to help tell an eclectic story in your bedroom. Although totally unexpected, we found this room, featured on elledecor.com, really caught our attention – in a good way. We love the Mediterranean/ Boho-chic vibe this room creates, and the Ultra Violet wall is what makes it!
Hopeful and Bright
Ultra Violet may not be your cup of tea… honestly, it’s not exactly ours either. Some of us love it, some of us don’t – and that’s ok. The one thing we can all agree on is that we’re glad Pantone chose this color for 2018 because its essence is a message we can all get on board with. The message is that the year ahead is bright and our future is full of vibrant possibilities.
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